The Bosch Rexroth Corporation is investing $5 million over the next few years to expand its hydraulics manufacturing operation at the Southchase Industrial Park in Fountain Inn. The announcement was made by the Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC).
The investment will enhance unique product development capabilities. The current facility is the manufacturing home to many types of hydraulic pumps and motors used in construction, agriculture, mining, material handling, and oil and gas exploration. The expansion will include a new off-highway equipment testing area that will give engineers the ability to test their products on their customers’ equipment. This will allow for quicker innovation to include rapid prototyping and will ensure faster customer response.
“Greenville County has been an excellent partner for us as we’ve grown to meet the sophisticated needs of our customers in the Americas,” said Bosch Rexroth Vice President and Technical Plant Manager Mike McCormick. “We’re proud to be here.”
Opened in 1989, Bosch Rexroth's Fountain Inn hydraulics production plant was originally made up of a single 250,000-square foot building. In 2013, Rexroth began an $80 million investment over five years to expand production and convert an existing 260,000-square foot industrial warehouse into a state-of-the-art manufacturing and assembly facility. The whole campus now occupies more than 100 acres of land and has more than 700 employees.
"In addition to being Bosch Rexroth’s largest manufacturing site in the Americas, we are excited that Fountain Inn will now add to its resume that it is also the engineering and product development center for the Americas," South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said.
Under the brand name of Rexroth, the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling and moving machinery used in industrial and factory automation as well as in mobile applications.
Dr. Bob Taylor, Greenville Council Council Chairman, said with Bosch Rexroth's growth from one manufacturing plant in 1989 to its third in 2011, it's proven to be a major contributor to Greenville's economic base. He added that the continued growth shows that the county is 'just right' for advanced manufacturing.
The GADC is a nonprofit organization established in 2001 by Greenville County Council to promote and enhance economic growth and development of Greenville County. GADC efforts have help create more than 18,500 new jobs and more than $3 billion in capital investment in the county.
“With the support of County Council, the GADC aggressively pursues any and all opportunities to support innovation initiatives of our existing industry,” said GADC Chairman Dick Wilkerson. “This type of development is key to the long-term sustainability of our manufacturing base and higher-paying jobs.”
Source : greenvilleonline.com