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Drivetrain parts maker plans to build $51M facility in SC

Keywords: Tags  Weber Automotive, new manufacturing facility, Charleston, Daniel Weber, drivetrain components, Bobby Hitt, corinna petry

CHICAGO — Weber Automotive GmbH plans to spend $51 million to set up new manufacturing operations in Charleston County, S.C.

The Markdorf, Germany-based manufacturer of drivetrain components said it expects the plant to begin operations in 2015, generating 84 jobs.

"We are thrilled about setting up new operations in North Charleston. South Carolina offers us an excellent business environment and a talented workforce in a region that is growing as an automotive hub," chief financial and sales officer Daniel Weber said in a statement July 8.

South Carolina has attracted more than $5 billion in capital investment and more than 8,000 jobs in the automotive-related sector since January 2011, state commerce secretary Bobby Hitt said. "Our state’s reputation in the automotive club continues to grow."

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