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German automotive company establishes facility in Greenville County

Staff Report
Published Feb. 19, 2013

Munich-based in-tech Automotive Engineering plans to establish its first North American facility in Greenville County at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

The company provides systems integration testing to global automotive manufacturers. The undisclosed investment is expected to create 20 jobs over three years, in-Tech, the S.C. Department of Commerce and Greenville Area Development Corp. announced Tuesday.

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“We are pleased with the opportunity to open a new location at CU-ICAR in Greenville County, as we believe that South Carolina is rapidly becoming a hub of the automotive world and is an excellent place for our new operations,” in-tech CEO Christian Wagner said in a news release.

The privately held company, which employs nearly 300 associates worldwide, will scale its new South Carolina operations based on customer demand, Wagner said.

“While our initial team will be approximately five individuals, it is entirely conceivable that we may add as many as 20 to 30 additional professionals here as we ramp up our business,” Wagner said.

The company’s new office will open for business immediately and will be under the direction of general manager Michael Ostermair.

“We have long desired to have a presence in the southeastern United States’ growing automotive corridor, and are very pleased to be launching this initial operation here in Greenville,” Ostermair said in a news release.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $5 billion in capital investment and more than 8,000 jobs in the automotive-related sector, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce.

“We’re pleased that in-tech Automotive Engineering has chosen to locate their initial North American operations in Greenville County, and appreciate the valuable roles played by commerce, the city of Greenville and Clemson University’s ICAR team in making this happen,” said Chris Riley, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corp., in a news release.

Details on hiring plans and specific positions will be announced in early summer 2013.