Published March 8, 2010
MTU Detroit Diesel Inc. formally announced on Friday that it will open a new engine production facility in Aiken County. The company will invest $45 million to upfit the former SKF USA plant in the Sage Mill Industrial Park in Graniteville. It expects to create 250 jobs in the next four years.
MTU produces diesel engines and drive and propulsion systems for ships, heavy-duty land and rail vehicles, and on-site energy systems. It is a subsidiary of the Tognum Group, based in Germany. MTU plans to begin building series 2000 and series 4000 engines by the end of the year.
“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 of MTU Detroit Diesel Inc. “With it, we will have greater flexibility to respond to market conditions and to compete for government contracts where local content is key.”
In addition to the assembly of series 2000 and series 4000 engines, MTU will machine engine parts such as cylinder heads and other large components that are costly to ship overseas from Germany.
MTU expects to begin hiring for the new plant in May, with production beginning in October. Those interested in applying may send inquiries to MTUAiken@mtu-online.com.
The S.C. Department of Commerce and Gov. Mark Sanford joined in the announcement.