A global industrial automation technology company has chosen Spartanburg County to plant roots for its first South Carolina operation.
Omron Automation’s $9.2 million investment will create 162 new jobs in five years. The company will lease and build out a 60,000-square-foot production facility at 311 Genoble Road in Greer to manufacture industrial automation technologies including motion controllers and drives, machine vision, barcode readers and barcode verification systems, according to a South Carolina Department of Commerce news release.
“We are thrilled to establish our new location in Spartanburg County, expanding our market presence in the Southeast,” Omron Automation Americas President and CEO Robb Black said in the release. “This investment allows us to leverage cutting-edge technologies and generate high-quality manufacturing jobs, contributing to the growth and prosperity of the region.”
With more than 90 years of experience, Omron creates, sells and services fully integrated automation solutions designed to optimize manufacturing and improve safety. The company provides manufacturing solutions to customers in more than 110 countries and has production facilities in Japan, Brazil, China, the Netherlands and the United States.
“We are thrilled to welcome Omron Automation to Atlas at Inland Port Greer,” said Warren Zinn, principal of Atlas Capital Group, said in a separate announcement. “Our ability to attract industry giants is a testament to our commitment to advancing solutions and fostering innovation in Greenville’s industrial landscape as a mindful contributor to the vibrant growth of our community and source of economic vitality for the area.”
Located within an opportunity zone and part of a multi-county industrial park, Atlas at Inland Port Greer is near Inland Port Greer, BMW Manufacturing, Interstate 85 and Greenville Spartanburg International Airport.
“As we embark on this significant move to Atlas at Inland Port Greer, we see it as more than a relocation; it’s a commitment to modernizing our facilities and service capabilities, enhancing our lead-time performance, increasing our production capacity and contributing to the economic development of the Greer community,” Dan Barnes, vice president of manufacturing for Omron Automation, said in the release. “We are excited to join the dynamic industrial landscape Atlas has cultivated and look forward to a seamless transition of positive impact on the region.”
Gov. Henry McMaster welcomed the company.
“We are proud to welcome Omron Automation to South Carolina,” Gov. Henry McMaster said in the release. “This announcement is further proof that our state’s reputation as an advanced manufacturing powerhouse continues to attract major international companies to establish operations within our borders.”
Operations will be online in April, the release said.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project. The council also awarded a $100,000 Set-Aside Grant to Spartanburg County to assist with the costs of building improvements, the release said.
“Omron Automation’s decision to invest and create 162 jobs in Spartanburg County will have an immense impact on the state of South Carolina,” said South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III in the release. “We look forward to a strong partnership with Omron for many years to come.”n