COLUMBIA — JTEKT North America, a leader in automotive and industrial product solutions, is expanding its operations in Greenville County.
The company will be investing $1.75 million to establish an operational headquarters at CU-ICAR, creating 27 new jobs in Greenville.
JTEKT Corp. was established in January 2006 through the merger of Koyo Seiko Co. Ltd., a world-class bearing manufacturer, and Toyoda Machine Works, Ltd., a machine tool manufacturer excelling in world-leading technologies. JTEKT is now a trusted systems supplier of JTEKT brand automotive steering and driveline components, Koyo brand bearings, and Toyoda machine tools, employing more than 44,000 workers worldwide.
JTEKT North America employs more than 7,000 associates at 14 manufacturing facilities plus additional technical and sales centers in North America.
Expanding its Greenville County operations, JTEKT has decided to locate its North American operational headquarters alongside its Koyo bearing product technical center at CU-ICAR, an advanced-technology research campus for the automotive industry. In conjunction with facilities at both 1 and 7 Research Drive in Greenville, the expansion is expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2016.
Hiring for the 27 new positions has already begun. Those interested in joining the JTEKT North America team may visit the company’s career page at www.jtekt-na.com/careers/.
In Orangeburg, the Koyo Bearing North America plant has announced a $10 million equipment overhaul over the next five years. The plant employs 500.
The Orangeburg plant opened in 1975 and is a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier of bearings for Toyota, Ford, Honda, General Motors and John Deere.