U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Friday announced a $1.38 million grant to Dorchester County in order to help Robert Bosch, LLC, expand its auto supply operations to produce the next generation of automotive parts, including diesel fuel injectors, chassis systems controls, and gasoline direct injectors.
The project will convert the existing Lower Dorchester Wastewater Treatment Plant into a water reclamation facility, providing what officials claim is an environmentally sustainable source of reclaimed water and an estimated 40-45 percent cost reduction on water resources,
The county says the expansion will create 285 jobs and generate $126 million in private investment.
The grant comes from an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, called the U.S. Economic Development Administration, which funds economically distressed communities– a funding follow-up to the 2009 bailout of auto giants GM and Chrysler.
In this case, the money will help expand the region’s automotive industry cluster.
“This investment is an example of the important role EDA continues to play in adding jobs in the automotive industry and assisting automotive communities,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, “By leveraging both federal and private investments, the automotive industry will continue to be an important part of American manufacturing.”