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BorgWarner Inc. to expand Upstate facility

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A manufacturer automotive powertrains is expanding its facility in the Upstate.

BorgWarner Inc. is investing $71.9 million and creating more than 160 new jobs at its plant in Oconee County. It is the company’s third expansion to its Seneca plant since 2013.

“Through their strong commitment to quality, our employees in Seneca have built BorgWarner’s outstanding reputation as a premier transfer case supplier,” said Stefan Demmerle, BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems president and general manager, in a news release. “We are proud to contribute to the local economy with our continued expansion in South Carolina.”

BorgWarner Inc. is investing $71.9 million and creating more than 160 new jobs at its plant in Oconee County. (Photo/Provided)The company said its capital investment will be for equipment and infrastructure at its facilities located at 15545 Wells Highway in Seneca. The expansion is to support an increase in business for the company, the release said.

“BorgWarner is a true corporate partner in that they not only invest in their company and their employees, but also in many areas throughout our community,” said Christine Tedesco, chairwoman of the Oconee Economic Alliance. “We are truly fortunate to have them doing business in Seneca.”

BorgWarner invested $24.6 million and added 105 jobs to the Seneca plant in 2013. In 2014, BorgWarner added 150 jobs to assist with the production of transfer casings for the Toyota Tundra pickup truck. The company added another 50 jobs and invested $13.3 million in 2015 in addition to leasing about 100,000 square feet at the Seneca Commerce Center for warehouse space. That expansion brought the total employment to more than 750.

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