A new manufacturing plant in Colleton County, South Carolina will mean a $7.2 million investment and 65 new jobs.
Officials for Rugao, China-based JGBR recently announced plans to establish a plant at 1310 N. Jefferies Blvd. in Walterboro. The company specializes in the manufacturing of high-precision steel balls and ball bearings, mainly serving the mechanical and automotive sectors.
"We looked at sites globally and selected Colleton County, South Carolina because we believe it is the perfect location to serve our existing customers in South Carolina and to grow our North American business,” JGBR Walterboro Corp. VP of operations Billy Strickland said.
The South Carolina plant, which will measure 240,000 square feet and be developed over nine acres, will ship product to customers in North America, South America and Mexico. Company officials said the plant will be up and running later this year, be fully operational by early 2017 and, when running at full capacity, produce 400 tons of steel balls monthly.
“We are proud that this global manufacturing company has chosen Walterboro’s workforce and business friendly community," SouthernCarolina Alliance President and CEO Danny Black said. "Every good job created changes the future of a family here, and we appreciate JGBR’s commitment to our people. We look forward to working with JGBR and Colleton County for many more years to come.”