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SC: Autoneum to Expand in Aiken County, Invest $35M, Hire 40

23 Mar, 2016


Autoneum, a global market leader in acoustic and thermal management solutions for vehicles, is expanding its Aiken County operations. This project will result in more than $35 million in capital investment and lead to the creation of more than 40 new jobs.  

As a partner for light vehicle manufacturers around the world, Autoneum develops and produces multifunctional and lightweight systems for noise and heat protection and thereby enhances vehicle comfort. Headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, the company is represented at around 50 locations in more than 20 countries, employing approximately 11,000 people across the world.

To meet increased customer demand, Autoneum is expanding its existing Aiken County facility to 315,000-square-feet. Located at 1103 Powderhouse Road in Aiken, S.C., the larger, world-class manufacturing facility will allow for the creation of 40 new jobs. Hiring for the new positions is ongoing, and interested applicants may apply on Autoneum's career page online. For more information on the company, visit www.autoneum.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $125,000 grant to Aiken County for road improvements to accommodate the project.

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"Autoneum is pleased to announce this significant investment in the expansion of our Aiken facility in South Carolina. This expansion will further support our customer base while adding valuable jobs to the local community and securing the future for our existing workforce. We appreciate the support of the State of South Carolina, Aiken County and the City of Aiken in bringing this project to fruition." -John T. Lenga, Head Business Group North America of Autoneum

"Our automotive industry is on the move in all of the right ways, and Autoneum's decision to expand in Aiken County is a huge win for the entire state. This $35.5 million investment, and the 40 new jobs it will create, is a testament to our state's world-class workforce and the business-friendly environment we have worked so hard to create here." -Gov. Nikki Haley

"We're always excited to see an existing company succeed in our state. Congratulations to Autoneum on this latest expansion and the creation of these excellent job opportunities for the people of Aiken County." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"New investments and jobs are things we work hard for in Aiken County and do not take for granted. We know Autoneum had other locations they could have chosen but we are grateful they chose to expand here. We also appreciate the City of Aiken and their cooperation in making this project a reality." -Aiken County Chairman Ronnie Young

"Existing industry expansions are always appreciated. Autoneum has been a good company for Aiken County and we appreciate them choosing to expand here. The Economic Development Partnership appreciates the opportunity to work with companies like Autoneum and Aiken County to make these things happen." -Economic Development Partnership Board Chairman Gary Stooksbury

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Autoneum is expanding its operations in Aiken County.
  • $35.5 million investment creating more than 40 new jobs.
  • The company is headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland and operates 50 production sites in over 20 countries.
  • The company's facility is located at 1103 Powderhouse Road in Aiken, S.C.

Those interested in joining the Autoneum team may visit the company's career page online.

About Autoneum

Autoneum, with its headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland, is the globally leading producer of vehicle acoustics and thermal management systems. The company develops and manufactures components, modules and complete systems for interior and engine bay as well as heatshields and underbody shields. Customers include leading automobile producers in the key markets of Europe, North America, South America and Asia. Autoneum is represented at around 50 locations in over 20 countries and employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, of whom about 5% are in Switzerland. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol AUTN). For more information, visit www.autoneum.com.

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. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. 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. IBM-Plant Location International reports in 2012, 2013 and 2015 ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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