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Alupress plans $19.9M aluminum casting plant

Keywords: Tags  Alupress, Wolfgan Knollseisen, aluminum castings, Lauren County, Bobby Hitt, Gov. Nikki Haley, automotive, supply chain aluminum

CHICAGO — Alupress AG plans to open a $19.9-million aluminum casting plant in Laurens County, S.C., aimed at servicing automotive clients in the region.

The Brixen, Italy-based aluminum die caster’s U.S. facility, expected to be 30,000 square feet, is slated to start operating in 2014, creating 57 jobs, according to an April 18 release from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

"The new plant will give us close proximity to our customers," Alupress chief financial officer Wolfgang Knollseisen said in a statement.

The announcement came after Alupress’ recent purchase of the Laurens operations of Koerber LLC, which have been renamed Alupress LLC, the state Commerce Department said.

"South Carolina’s automotive sector continues to be a strong contributor to our economy and a force in our state’s manufacturing renaissance," state Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said in a statement. "When companies like Alupress locate operations here, it not only creates jobs but also increases our reputation in the automotive club."

Alupress is expected to begin hiring in January 2016, the state Commerce Department said.

"It’s always exciting to see another international company choose to set up shop in the state," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said in a statement.

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