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
The Brixen, Italy-based aluminum
die casters 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.
automotive sector continues to be a strong contributor to our
economy and a force in our states 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.
"Its always exciting to
see another international company choose to set up shop in the
state," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said in a