Actively sparking business within the Palmetto State, JR Automation Technologies of Michigan plans an expansion to South Carolina’s Pickens County with an investment of $3.4 million and the expectation of creating 56 new regional jobs.
“We are pleased to announce the launch of our new facility, and we are grateful for all the support we have received from the community here in South Carolina,” CEO Bryan Jones said. “JR’s rapid growth is truly a testament to the strength of our relationships with our customers, suppliers and neighbors, and to the dedication of all our employees. We look forward to seeing that growth continue.”
The company, with national headquarters in Holland, Michigan, recently announced that it plans to construct a brand-new, 50,000-square-foot facility in Pickens County Commerce Park and expects to begin hiring immediately.
JR Automation designs and produces equipment for the automotive, aerospace, medical device, consumer products, and pharmaceutical industries.
Governor Nikki Haley hailed the plan as “more great news for one of our rural areas,” while Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt cited JR Automation’s decision as proof that South Carolina’s manufacturing sector is thriving.
“Thanks to JR Automation’s commitment, we have another reason to celebrate, but more than that, we have all the motivation we need to keep Team South Carolina focused on bringing home the next economic development win for the state,” Gov. Haley said.
Pickens County council chairman Jennifer Willis expressed enthusiasm for the plan, noting that the jurisdiction’s workforce, technical education and business-friendly credo will support JR Automation’s expansion. Pickens County is located west of Greenville in South Carolina’s upper northwest corner.