Gov. Sanford, others talk Aiken site plans

AIKEN – MTU Detroit Diesel officials made their site plans official this morning, and announced more detailed plans about hiring and opening dates for the industrial plant that will make large diesel engines.

Dozens of local and state officials, business executives and others gathered at the old SKF Building at Sage Mill Industrial Park to celebrate the closing of the due diligence period for MTU. The company officially named the Graniteville plant as the 12th worldwide manufacturing and assembly plant for German-based Tognum Group.

The company has already hired human resources staff that will begin reviewing candidate resumes immediately, said MTU Detroit Diesel CEO Matthias Vogel. The plant would produce its first diesel engine by October. The 270,000-square-foot facility will have the capacity to make thousands of 2000- and 4000-series diesel engines. The engines are used for marine crafts, mining equipment and land defense vehicles.

We’re very pleased and very proud to have this kind of support here,” Vogel said. “We want to produce our engines here for our American customers.”

Gov. Mark Sanford and other spoke about the significance of adding jobs and economic development to the area. Sanford said the company’s $45 million investment in the community shows that Graniteville is taking steps to overcome the tragic train wreck and chlorine spill that hit the town five years ago.

“The investment by MTU reminds us that the spring always follows the winter,” he said. “I thank you for the investment that’s going to make a change in people’s lives.”

Vogel said about 40 current Michigan employees, primarily managers, will be offered jobs at the Aiken County plant, but the remaining 210 production jobs will be filled by local candidates, Vogel said.

Those interested in applying, can send a cover letter and resume to



Stephanie Toone



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