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Manufacturer to invest $26M in new Laurens County facility

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A supplier of automotive and industrial racking products will expand its S.C. footprint with new operations in Laurens County. Motor City Racks said in a news release from the S.C. Commerce Department that it will invest $26 million and create 88 new jobs.

Motor City Racks in Laurens will complement a plant in Cherokee County and company headquarters in Warren, Mich. (Image/Motor City Racks)Motor City Racks is a full-service manufacturer and supplier that provides custom automotive and agriculture packing solutions, the news release said. The company also specializes in custom fabrication, design services and laser operations.

Motor City Racks also operates a facility in Cherokee County. The company is headquartered in Warren, Mich.

“The executive management team of Motor City Racks, consisting of Johan and Ben Enns, is extremely excited for new operations in Laurens,” Motor City Racks Controller Daniel Zavaros said in the news release. “The last nine years in South Carolina have been an incredible journey for Motor City Racks, and it would not have been possible without our outstanding South Carolina workforce.

Located at 366 Old Airport Road in Laurens, Motor City Racks’ new facility will be its first operation in Laurens County. The facility will accommodate additional production capacity and growth that can accommodate increased demand.

“During our expansion initiatives, we plan to execute effectively while continuing to leverage our 20 years of experience in custom weld fabrication, our strong ties to the South Carolina automotive industry and our relationship with the South Carolina Department of Commerce,” Zavaros said in the release. “We plan to create many long-term well-paying jobs, invest substantial capital, and grow our operations.”
Operations are expected to be online by January 2023. Hiring started already.

“We are excited to have Motor City Racks expand their operation into Laurens County and fill an existing building,” Laurens County Council Chairman Brown Patterson said in the release. “There are great things going on in Laurens County, and this is just further testament to that. We wish Motor City Racks much success and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.”

The S.C. Commerce Department’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project, the release said. The council also approved a $300,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Laurens County to assist with the costs of building improvements.

Reach Ross Norton at 864-720-1222.

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