NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Cummins Technical Center of Charleston announced a multi-million dollar expansion in Charleston County, which is expected to bring new jobs to the area.
The diesel, natural gas and biofuel engine designer and testing facility will double its capacity at its Leeds Avenue site.
The $24 million expansion in North Charleston will generate 31 new jobs.
"The expansion nearly doubles capacity at this site with state-of-the-art facilities to enable testing on diesel, natural gas and biofuel engines and help the company in its drive to be the innovation leader in the industry," said Jim Trueblood, vice president – Cummins High Horsepower Engineering. "We are excited to be able to partner with the state of South Carolina and expand our testing facilities right here in North Charleston."
Cummins Technical Center Charleston is a research and development center. The center focuses primarily on diesel engine technology but alternate fuels technology is an important part of their work as well.
"South Carolina's manufacturing sector continues to grow and create wealth. Cummins has been an important part of the South Carolina business community for years, and this announcement is another indication of the company's commitment to our state," said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.
Since the beginning of the year, South Carolina has recruited more than $3.3 billion in investment and more than 11,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.
"It's exciting to see another South Carolina business succeed and build on its presence here. We celebrate Cummins' decision to expand operations in Charleston County and create 31 new well-paying jobs," said Gov. Nikki Haley.
The company will begin hiring for the new positions immediately. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should apply through Monster.com.