The 270,000-square-foot facility will replace MTU's existing assembly plant near Detroit and will allow for future expansion as market demand increases over the coming years, according to the company.
"The new facility in Aiken County is part of Tognum's global strategy to increase manufacturing in the markets where our products are sold," said Matthias Vogel, president and CEO, MTU Detroit Diesel. "With it we will have greater flexibility to respond to market conditions and to compete for government contracts where local content is key."
MTU will take over the former SKF USA plant in the Sage Mill Industrial Park in Graniteville. The Tognum Group, MTU's parent company, has committed to a $45 million investment in the new facility that is expected to bring 250 jobs to the Aiken area over the next four years.
Company and government officials celebrate the announcement of MTU's new facility in South Carolina. From left to right: Ronnie Young, chairman, Aiken County Council; Dr. Ulrich Dohle, Tognum chief technology officer; Mark Sanford, governor, South Carolina; and Matthias Vogel, president, Tognum's MTU Detroit Diesel.
MTU expects to begin hiring for the new plant in May with production beginning in October.