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SC: Fukoku America to Invest $13M, Expand, Create 65 Jobs

1 Mar, 2017


Fukoku America, a manufacturer of rubber and plastic automotive products is growing its operations in Laurens County. The expansion is expected to bring $13.9 million in new investment and lead to the creation of 65 jobs.

Fukoku is the largest producer of wiper blade rubber in the world and is used in a variety of applications, from automobiles and trains to ships and aircraft. With an annual production of wiper blade rubbers exceeding 200 million, the company accounts for a large share of the domestic market and approximately 40 percent of the international market. Fukoku also develops seals for industrial applications, such as pneumatic tools and industrial machinery.

Located at 325 Hunter Industrial Park Road in Laurens, S.C., the company will be increasing its manufacturing capacity for producing constant-velocity joint (CVJ) boots and rack and pinion boots for the automotive industry. Hiring for the new positions has already begun, and interested applicants should apply online at SC Works.  

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"We at Fukoku America are proud to have been part of the Laurens County Industrial Community for the past 15 years. We have had a great relationship with the City and County of Laurens, as well as the State of South Carolina. With this expansion, we look forward to continuing our industrial partnership with the Laurens County business community for many years to come." -Fukoku America Executive Vice President Masahiko Tsubota

"The fact that the partnership between Fukoku America and our great state continues to result in growth and success for both parties is something to be proud of. We've created one of the friendliest environments for business in the world, and we can't wait to see what the future has in store for Fukoku America." -Gov. Henry McMaster

"South Carolina has developed an international reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse, and this latest expansion by Fukoku is a further testament to it. I congratulate Fukoku on this tremendous commitment to Laurens County and our state as a whole, and we look forward to their continued success." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"It is good to have a company to continue to invest in Laurens County. We welcome the investment and jobs." -Laurens County Council Chairman Joe Wood

"I, along with city council, am extremely excited that Fukoku has decided to expand their operation in Hunter Industrial Park. This new expansion will provide great job opportunities for the residents of the City of Laurens and Laurens County. We look forward to continuing a long and prosperous relationship with Fukoku." -City of Laurens Mayor John Stankus

Five Fast Facts

  • Fukoku America expanding its Laurens County operations.
  • $13.9 million investment to create 65 new jobs.
  • Fukoku is the largest producer of wiper blade rubber in the world.
  • Located at 325 Hunter Industrial Park Road in Laurens, S.C., the company will be increasing its manufacturing capacity.

Hiring has already begun, and interested applicants should apply online at SC Works.  

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. In three of five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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