Graniteville diesel plant expanding, adding jobs

Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff Painter John Ingardia removes masking tape after painting a 2000 series engine at the MTU Detroit Diesel plant, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, in Graniteville, S.C.

An Aiken County diesel engine manufacturer plans to spend $40 million and add 20 jobs.

 

Tognum America Inc., which operates MTU Diesel, will expand its Graniteville plant with two new research and development buildings that will house engine test equipment in addition to visitor and employee parking areas, the company announced Wednesday.

Construction has already begun, and Tognum expects to complete the new facilities by year’s end.

The company has already surpassed its initial plan of 250 employees, beating the ramp-up by two years. The 20 new jobs will be added during the next two years.

The plant began production in October 2010 and makes large diesel engines used in ships, industrial equipment and land defense vehicles. The company, a division of German-based Tognum Group, took over the vacant former SKF Building at Sage Mill Industrial Park, investing $45 million to get the facility ready.

“Our continued growth is a testament to the hard work of our employees and the support we have received from the community,” said Joerg Klisch, the director of operations for Tognum America. “The expansion of our operations here at the Aiken facility will be a great benefit to our company, our customers and our community for years to come.”

Ulrich Dohle, a member of the Tognum Executive Board for Technology and Operations, said the global need for clean, efficient diesel engine technology continues to increase.

South Carolina’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved the company for job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met. ReadySC will provide training.

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