BorgWarner Inc. expanding operations in OC

BorgWarner Inc., a global leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles, is expanding its operations in Oconee County. The $71.9 million investment is projected to create more than 160 new jobs. This announcement represents the company’s third expansion since 2013. “South Carolina’s manufacturing sector is on top of the world right now, and today’s announcement by BorgWarner Inc. is a perfect example of that. Our success wouldn’t be possible without the hardworking people who make up our state’s workforce, and we look forward to seeing how these new jobs will benefit South Carolinians,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. Today, as one of the top suppliers for the global automotive industry, BorgWarner operates 62 facilities in 17 countries, employing approximately 27,000 associates worldwide. With a diverse customer base, the company serves a variety of markets, including the passenger car and light truck, commercial vehicle, off-highway, construction and agricultural markets. “Demand for BorgWarner’s advanced, all-wheel technologies continues to grow as drivers recognize the benefits of improved traction, increased stability and enhanced vehicle dynamics. Through their strong commitment to quality, our employees in Seneca have built BorgWarner’s outstanding reputation as a premier transfer case supplier. We are proud to contribute to the local economy with our continued expansion in South Carolina,” said BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems President and General Manager Dr. Stefan Demmerle. To support additional business awarded to the company this year, BorgWarner will invest in capital, equipment and infrastructure at its existing facilities located at 15545 Wells Highway in Seneca, S.C. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in late 2017, and those interested in joining the BorgWarner team should visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on BorgWarner Inc., visit “The Oconee Economic Alliance is proud to work with our existing industries to create jobs and capital investment in Oconee County. BorgWarner is a true corporate partner in that they not only invest in their company and their employees, but also in many areas throughout our community. We are truly fortunate to have them doing business in Seneca,” said Oconee Economic Alliance Chair Christine Tedesco. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. An $850,000 grant was also awarded to Oconee County to assist with the costs of building construction and other infrastructure improvements. “World-class manufacturing companies continue to thrive in South Carolina, bringing new jobs to all corners of our state. Today, we congratulate BorgWarner on this latest expansion and look forward to the company’s continued success in Oconee County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.