Meritor expanding Clarendon County manufacturing operations
May 9, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Meritor, a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle markets, is expanding its existing operations in Clarendon County. The $5.2 million investment is projected to create 31 new jobs.
Headquartered in Troy, Mich., Meritor is a leading global supplier of commercial vehicle systems and solutions for a variety of industries. With a legacy of providing innovative products for more than 100 years, the company serves truck, trailer, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world.
Located at 2398 Ram Bay Road in Manning, S.C., Meritor is investing in its existing Clarendon County facility, making upgrades to its assembly lines to improve safety, quality and efficiency to accommodate demand in the commercial vehicle market. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in early summer 2018.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of site preparation and building improvements.
Santee Electric Cooperative
“As our company continues to grow, we are pleased to make this significant investment in our Manning, S.C. facility. This plant is vital in providing a leading share of the brakes for the commercial vehicle industry in the United States and plays an important role in our global operations network.”
-Meritor Senior Vice President Chris Vallavarayan
“Today, we celebrate the success of a company that already calls Clarendon County home. Meritor’s decision to expand and create more than 30 new jobs is a testament to the strength of our workforce and our competitive business climate here in South Carolina.”
-Gov. Henry McMaster
“South Carolina has emerged as a leader in advanced manufacturing, and our business-friendly climate and trained workforce are responsible for that. Expansions like this one by Meritor underscore our state’s ability to not only make things, but make them well.”
-Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“We have always felt like Clarendon County was a great place to live, work and play. Today’s announcement solidifies those thoughts, as one of our longest-standing industries chooses to expand right here in the place we call home. We wish them much success.”
-Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart
“Any time an existing industry expands, it’s a testament to not only our pro-business environment, but also the top-quality, highly-skilled workforce. We welcome Meritor’s expansion with open arms and look forward to many more years of success.”
-Clarendon County Development Board Chairman John Tindal
“Meritor’s expansion is part of the ever-growing commercial vehicle industry in the region. After two decades of manufacturing in Clarendon County, Meritor continues to add quality manufacturing jobs and investment. We applaud both Meritor and Clarendon County on today’s announcement and their commitment to growth.”
-Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
“It is always exciting to watch a company like Meritor grow and to be a part of supporting its growth. Meritor is an awesome community member and we are happy to see them adding more jobs for people in our community.”
-Santee Electric Cooperative President & CEO Robert G. “Rob” Ardis, III