Bosch expanding Dorchester facility, adding 300 jobs

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A major automotive parts supplier announced Friday it would be expanding its Dorchester County facility, adding 300 jobs and creating a $125 million investment.

Gov. Mark Sanford, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Dorchester County and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance today joined Robert Bosch LLC to make the announcement.

"We are very pleased to announce this investment which is designed to help us continue to strengthen our business at our plant in Dorchester County," said Gene Oswalt, vice president and commercial plant manager, Robert Bosch LLC. "Working with our colleagues from the state, the county and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, we have been able to develop a plan through which we can invest in our facility and associates, strengthen our business and support Bosch's global focus on environmental sustainability."

Bosch will add personnel and equipment to support production of its latest passenger car diesel and gasoline fuel injectors, and next generation anti-lock brake and electronic stability control systems for the North American automotive market.

The company expects to begin creating new jobs based on this investment beginning in the second half of 2011.

Additionally, as part of the company's expansion, Dorchester County plans to provide reclaimed water for the company's manufacturing processes. This sustainable alternative, which will be developed with the assistance of a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration and matching funds from Dorchester County, will conserve 80,000 gallons of wastewater per day.

The EDA grant is currently pending final approval.

"Today's announcement is another positive sign that our efforts to improve the state's business climate are paying dividends. South Carolina has added 4,500 manufacturing jobs over the past seven months and Bosch's job creation adds to this encouraging trend in our state," said Gov. Mark Sanford.

"The company's decision to make another large investment at its facility in Dorchester County is a strong testament that our state's focus on the business fundamentals such as keeping taxes and regulatory burdens low are working to attract new investment," said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

The facility, located at 8101 Dorchester Rd., currently employs more than 1,500 people and produces a wide range of diesel, gasoline and chassis products. The Dorchester County facility has been in operation since 1974 and was the company's first operation in South Carolina.

"Since 1974, Bosch has called Dorchester County home," said Dorchester County Council Chairman Jamie Feltner.  "We are proud to see their success and growth continue within the county."

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