Company brings approximately 100 jobs to Greenville, S.C.
Columbia, SC — JTEKT North America (JTEKT), a subsidiary of global automotive and industrial supplier JTEKT Corporation, has completed a $5.8 million expansion of its headquarters on the campus of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The expansion project began in 2017 to accommodate the new jobs JTEKT has and will continue to create in Greenville, totaling 100 positions, all of which will be filled by 2020.
JTEKT manufactures steering systems, driveline components, bearings technologies and precision machine tools, all critical to the state’s automotive industry. The company employs more than 6,000 associates at 24 sites across North America, including four manufacturing facilities located in South Carolina. In 2015, JTEKT strengthened its presence in the state by announcing the consolidation of a portion of its headquarters to CU-ICAR in Greenville.
To expand that operation, the company added 19,000 square feet of office and lab space at CU-ICAR’s One Research Drive building. This complements the 135,000 square feet of space JTEKT already occupies between two buildings on the campus. The new space will provide work areas for associates who have relocated to Greenville, as well as the new positions currently being filled.
“Greenville is an excellent location for our growing headquarters, not only geographically as it’s central to most of our manufacturing footprint but also due to the availability of talented professionals in business and technical fields. This expansion facilitates co-location of vital functions within our organization and the continuation of research and development, all to better serve our customers and allow for capable associates to thrive in an innovative environment.” -JTEKT Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Davidson
“Today, we celebrate another big win for our state’s automotive industry. By expanding its headquarters here and creating 100 new jobs, JTEKT is making a statement that South Carolina remains an ideal destination for automobile manufacturers and suppliers.” -Governor Henry McMaster
“South Carolina’s robust automotive supply chain continues to grow and thrive, and JTEKT’s expansion announcement is a perfect example of that. I congratulate the company leadership on this milestone and look forward to watching them continue to find success here in South Carolina and beyond.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“JTEKT’s decision to once again expand operations in Greenville is a testament to our dedicated workforce and strong pro-business environment. JTEKT North America is a great corporate citizen and a prime example of the growing family of leading international companies located here.” –H.G. “Butch” Kirven Jr., Greenville County Council chairman and director of Greenville Area Development Corporation
Five Fast Facts
- JTEKT North America expands its Greenville County headquarters.
- $5.8 million investment to create 100 new jobs.
- JTEKT North America manufactures steering systems, driveline components, bearings technologies and more for the automotive industry.
- To expand that operation, the company added 19,000 square feet of office and lab space in Greenville, S.C.
- Those looking to apply for one of the new positions should visit the company’s careers page online.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 — extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.