YH America South Carolina, LLC announced it will expand its existing operation in Pickens County near the town of Easley. The $5.1 million investment is expected to generate 93 new jobs. The company manufactures automotive fluid handling components for the light vehicle industry. It says the expansion, which is expected to be finished next year, is meant to deal with growing demand.
“Demand for our products continues to grow and we’re excited the new business is giving us an opportunity to expand in Pickens County,” said Christopher Estock, plant manager for YH America South Carolina.
YH is the American subsidiary of the Japanese corporation Yokohama Rubber, which bought the Easley facility in 2009 from a Michigan company, Fluid Rotating Solutions.
FRS nearly left the state four years ago, when it originally planned to consolidate the Pickens County plant with a Canadian factory. Local leaders successfully convinced the company to bring the Canadian work to Easley, instead.
YH America currently makes power steering hoses. Yokohama also has a plant in Kentucky and a technical center in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
It began hiring for the new positions in September.