Laurens, South Carolina – Fukoku America continues to strengthen its presence in the US market.
The Japanese automotive supplier is in the process of adding six new machines to address additional growth within the region.
The company is investing $3 million (€2.7 million) and will install the machines two at a time in each of the first three quarters of 2019.
The firm will add about 20 jobs in conjunction with the new equipment.
It currently employs about 150 people at its 105,900-sq.-ft. facility in Laurens that opened in 2001.
The move, according to plant general manager Bob Schulmeister, is in response to increasing demand for the company’s ‘high-quality, cost-competitive’ products.
At Laurens, all Fukoku’s four product lines serve the automotive industry.
The company manufactures rubber brake booster diaphragms, rubber radiator seals, plastic constant velocity joint boots and plastic steering column boots at the facility.
The firm is primarily a Tier 2 supplier, but directly supplies pulley seals to Honda.