Published Dec. 18, 2012
The project, announced last month, involves building a 267,000-square-foot expansion of JTEKT’s Koyo brand bearings plant as well as construction of 32,700 square feet of additional office space.
The project will double the size of the northeast Richland County facility to more than 500,000 square feet. The plant makes bearing hub units for automotive customers including Toyota, BMW and General Motors.
JTKET, an automotive systems and industrial components supplier based in Nagoya and Osaka, Japan, estimates its investment will create 175 jobs. Construction will begin in January and hiring for the new jobs will begin later in 2013.
One aspect of the construction project includes creating an interface between the new and old buildings along an 800-foot-long common wall that will have to be removed before the buildings can be tied together, the Columbia-based construction firm said.
To accomplish this, workers will have to install a temporary all-weather wall for most of the length of the structure and actually build over the top of part of the existing plant, all without impeding manufacturing and shipping operations.
“This project requires a lot of creativity, which is what attracted us to it,” said Kynn Harris, M.B. Kahn division manager.