February 4, 2015
Moving to Aiken County from Michigan only about five years ago, MTU America has created a unique vision for the business community not only here, but the state and the nation.
This model, which connects the company’s business operations to training opportunities for students through the school district, has been recognized as far up as the White House. This kind of recognition is undoubtedly warranted. The model is a clear win-win for our community. It gives the company the employees it needs to operate at the highest efficiency, but also gives local students the job training they’ll need for the future.
The company came to Aiken County with only a handful of employees and the right attitude to spark a successful relationship with the community. Not only have they grown, but the connection with schools has also become stronger.
David Jameson, president and CEO of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, gave kudos to both MTU America and the Aiken County School district for sharing a positive mentality and moving forward with such a beneficial initiative.
“The school district listened to the idea and it made sense. It worked both ways,” Jameson said.
That combination certainly warrants the recognition for the company as the 2014 Large Business of the Year. MTU America has also invested $45 million and created nearly 300 jobs over their five years in Aiken County.
Since coming to the area, the company has added Research and Development Test Cells and added high-paying engineer jobs in addition to producing diesel engines.
The company’s distinctive business model should serve as a smart example for other manufacturers across the state and country. MTU America’s way of being a quality corporate neighbor puts a positive spotlight not only on them, but also Aiken County.