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By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal
An automotive supplier in Spartanburg County has beefed up its expansion plans to accommodate growth in customer demand and new business. Röchling Automotive USA LLP, a subsidiary of Germany-based Röchling Group, plans to add 12,000 square feet of office space to its North American headquarters facility at 245 Parkway East in Duncan. The office space is in addition to a previously announced expansion of the company’s production capacity that could create 35 to 45 jobs during the next three to four years.
“We’ve experienced growth as a company,” said Justin White, president of Röchling Automotive USA. “2008 and 2009 were rough, the same as they were rough for everyone. But we’ve diversified our customer base and are growing on all fronts. It’s very exciting.” The company has had operations in Duncan since the late 1990s. It specializes in the production of injection molding products for the automotive industry. Röchling’s local portfolio includes a 180,000-square-foot production facility and an adjacent 120,000-square-foot warehouse, as well as another 150,000-square-foot warehouse nearby. The company has about 325 employees in Duncan. White said Röchling Automotive USA’s customers include Ford, Mercedes, BMW, Daimler AG’s Sprinter van plant in North Charleston, Volkswagen, Nissan, Subaru, General Motors and others. The office addition will help the company meet its needs for regional sales growth, which is expected to triple by 2021, White said.
“I believe the Southeast has become a hub of growth and innovation in the North American automotive industry,” White said. “We’re glad to be a part of that growth.” White said construction of the office space will begin this month and is expected to take five to six months to complete. He said the expansion should be finished by the spring of 2017.
“This is what we like to hear,” said Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt. “It gives us great satisfaction when an existing company like Röchling Automotive USA expands. It validates that they made the right decision in coming here and that this is the best place to do business. We are very happy for them.”