In Pickens, JR Automation Technologies will expand and locate its new sales, engineering and manufacturing facility, investing more than $2 million with plans to create 54 high-tech jobs over the next five years.
JR Automation says it is optimistic about new opportunities in the manufacturing base in the southeastern United States. This will be the company’s first facility outside of Michigan.
The Holland, Michigan-based company makes automation equipment for the automotive, pharmaceutical, food and general industries sectors.
Company officials say they will outsource about 30 percent of its work to local machine shop and metal fabricators. They will begin hiring in the “near future” through ReadySC.
South Carolina provided training funds and job development credits, to be available if hiring targets are met.