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JTEKT Corp. to double manufacturing plant in Richland County

Staff Report
Published Nov. 21, 2012

JTEKT Corp. announced plans Tuesday to expand its Koyo brand bearings manufacturing facility in Richland County.

The $130 million investment is expected to generate 175 new jobs over the next three years.

Based in Nagoya and Osaka, Japan, JTEKT is an automotive systems and industrial components supplier.

“Customer demand continues to increase for our bearing products, and this expansion will provide the capacity needed to meet this demand,” said Bobby Rowell, JTEKT plant manager. “We are proud of the success at this plant since it opened in 1995. This expansion, plus our continued hard work to satisfy our customers, will ensure our future success.”

The company’s planned expansion will double the size of the facility to more than 500,000 square feet. The plant manufactures bearing hub units for automotive customers including Toyota, BMW and General Motors.

“Many locations were considered for this large capital investment by JTEKT,” said Steve McCullough, JTEKT vice president and general manager. “One of the key reasons we selected this location was the collaborative effort of Richland County, the town of Blythewood, the state of South Carolina and South Carolina Electric & Gas.”

Construction is expected to begin in early January and hiring will begin later in 2013. For additional information, contact JTEKT project manager Leon Harris at or 864-770-2490.

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