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Global tech company plans $30M expansion in Oconee County

Jason Thomas //June 7, 2023//

Global tech company plans $30M expansion in Oconee County

Jason Thomas //June 7, 2023//

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A global industrial tech company plans to expand its Oconee County operations.

Itron, a global industrial Internet of Things (IoT) firm that innovates the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, is planning a capital expenditure of $28.5 million over three years that will create nearly 100 new jobs in the area, according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

“Itron’s Oconee plant has a long history of manufacturing excellence and is known for its commitment to quality,” Vijay Rajaram, Itron North America’s operations director, said in the release. “Through past acquisitions, we have been located in the area for more than 50 years. We are proud of our roots here and look forward to expanding our operations.”

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Located at 313 S. Highway 11 in West Union, Itron plans to expand its existing facility and establish a Center of Excellence for manufacturing operations in North America, the release stated. The company will reconfigure the plant to include manufacturing for gas and water endpoints, which collect and transmit meter data. Currently, the facility manufactures Itron’s next generation smart electric and gas meters.

Serving communities in more than 100 countries, Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure solutions, according to the release. The company’s portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps its customers better manage their critical infrastructure. Working to create a more resourceful world, Itron strives to improve quality of life, while ensuring the safety and well-being of millions of people around the globe.

The expansion is expected to be complete by the end of 2024, according to the release.

“It’s another top shelf for business moment in Oconee County with Itron’s decision to establish a Center of Excellence at their West Union facility,” Oconee Economic Alliance President and CEO Jamie Gilbert said in the release. “Itron is a world leader in the utility metering and monitoring sector and has been an important part of Oconee County’s economy for many years. As one of the county’s longest operating manufacturers, we are thrilled that Itron is making a commitment to significantly expand their Oconee operations, and we appreciate the new investment and excellent job opportunities it will generate.

“It speaks volumes about Oconee County’s outstanding business climate and workforce, which are capable of supporting a variety of advanced manufacturers.”