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Koyo to expand South Carolina bearing plant

Blythewood, SC - The Koyo Corp. ball and roller bearing plant in Blythewood will undergo a 130-million expansion, bringing an additional 175 jobs to the area and doubling the size of its plant.


Industry

December 14, 2012
By MRO Magazine


Industries

Blythewood, SC – The Koyo Corp. ball and roller bearing plant in Blythewood will undergo a 130-million expansion, bringing an additional 175 jobs to the area and doubling the size of its plant.

Koyo’s parent, JTEKT Corp., an automotive systems and industrial components supplier, said it will expand the plant to more than 500,000 sq ft and an estimated more than 400 employees over the next three years.

At this facility, Koyo manufactures bearing hub units for automotive customers, including Toyota, BMW and General Motors.

“This is a great announcement for our Richland County plant,” Steve McCullough, JTEKT vice-president and general manager, said in a statement. “Many locations were considered for this large capital investment by JTEKT. One of the key reasons we selected this location was the collaborative effort of Richland County, the town of Blythewood, the state of South Carolina and South Carolina Electric & Gas.”

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Construction at the Koyo plant is expected to begin in January 2013.