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ZF Transmissions invests $22.5 million in expansion, adding 545 jobs

August 12, 2015

ZF Transmissions, a global supplier of driveline and chassis technology, as well as active and passive safety technology, is expanding its transmission manufacturing operations in Laurens County with the addition of new manufacturing and warehouse space. The company is investing $22.5 million in the expansion and creating 545 new jobs in Gray Court, S.C., over the next five years.

With an annual capacity of 1.2 million transmissions, ZF Transmissions Gray Court is the manufacturing site of the 8-speed automatic transmission, as well as the world’s first 9-speed automatic transmission. The company last announced an expansion of this facility in 2013, a $175 million project that brought ZF’s Laurens County employment total to more than 1,600.

To accommodate this latest expansion, the company has purchased an existing building located in the Owings Industrial Park, situated less than two miles from Interstate 385. The 150,000-square-foot facility will house manufacturing and warehousing operations, allowing ZF to increase its current capacity. Generating 545 new positions, the expansion is expected to increase the company’s Laurens County workforce to more than 2,000. Completion of this expansion is anticipated for the first quarter of 2016.

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Laurens Electric Cooperative

“We are excited to be a part of supporting ZF Transmissions most recent expansion. This expansion will generate 545 new positions and that is great news for Laurens County citizens. It also speaks to the type of workforce experience the company has enjoyed in South Carolina. ZF makes 8-speed automatic transmissions, as well as the world’s first 9-speed automatic transmission right here in South Carolina. The relationship we extend to our industrial customers is one of partnership. Being reliable, affordable, and above-all, willing to assist companies in achieving future and current goals is how we support economic development in our area. Grant funds from our cooperative and SC Power Team help achieve expansions, such as this one.”

– J. David Wasson, Jr.
President & CEO, Laurens Electric Cooperative

“Laurens County and South Carolina continue to provide a strong home for ZF’s manufacturing of our 8- and 9-speed transmissions. We appreciate the continued support of the local and state governments, and all of our partners in providing a healthy environment for ZF’s continued growth.”

– Thomas Joos
Vice President, ZF Transmissions Gray Court

“It’s another great day for the manufacturing industry in South Carolina as we congratulate ZF Group on its latest expansion in the Palmetto State. This $22.5 million investment and the 545 new jobs it will create will have a major impact on Laurens County and our entire state, providing real opportunities for the people of South Carolina.”

– The Honorable Nikki R. Haley
Governor of South Carolina

“Today, we celebrate ZF Group’s decision to expand their Gray Court operations in South Carolina. More than having a major impact on our entire Upstate community, this expansion is a true testament to the positive business climate and loyal workforce we’ve fostered in all corners of our state.”

– Bobby Hitt
South Carolina Secretary of Commerce