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Draexlmaier completes $42.7M expansion

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Automotive supplier Draexlmaier Group has completed a $42.7 million expansion of its existing manufacturing operations in Spartanburg County. The expansion creates 460 new jobs, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce.

A tier one supplier to the international automotive industry and headquartered in Germany, Draexlmaier manufactures interiors for automobiles and plastic components at its Duncan site. Opened in 1998, the facility has expanded three times, the last in 2015 when the company constructed a 184,000-square-foot production and logistics building, according to a news release.

The company’s expansion in Duncan features additional equipment “to accommodate new automotive interior production demands by new and existing customers,” the release said.

"We are proud to call South Carolina our home. Our latest expansion shows that we are committed to steady growth in the region,” Josef Mittermeier, Draexlmaier Group CEO Americas, said in the release. “South Carolina offers us an excellent business environment, a talented and skilled workforce and exceptional market access. We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials."

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project. A $500,000 Set Aside grant was also awarded to Spartanburg County to assist with the costs of building upfit.

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