Today, Robert Bosch LLC announced the company’s plans to expand its Dorchester County operations. Over the next five years, the automotive supplier plans to invest approximately $125 million in the company’s manufacturing facility in Dorchester County and create approximately 300 new jobs.
Governor Mark Sanford was on hand for the announcement, along with state and local commerce officials. He said in a statement:
South Carolina has added 4,500 manufacturing jobs over the past seven months and Bosch’s job creation adds to this encouraging trend in our state. As well, Bosch’s expansion serves as an indication that our state’s automotive industry continues to present opportunity. The company is one with a long history in our state, but its decision to expand and create jobs here reiterates Bosch’s confidence in South Carolina’s workforce and its ability to meet the demands of a growing international corporation.
Bosch says it will add personnel and equipment to support production of its latest passenger car diesel and gasoline fuel injectors, and next generation anti-lock brake and electronic stability control systems for the North American automotive market. The company expects to begin creating new jobs based on this investment beginning in the second half of 2011. Dorchester County is also touting this as a sustainable project as the county plans to provide reclaimed water for the company’s manufacturing processes. This will be developed with the assistance of a now pending grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) and matching funds from Dorchester County, with the goal of conerving 80,000 gallons of wastewater per day.