March 21, 2012
Tognum America Inc., an American subsidiary of Tognum AG and a leader for propulsion and power solutions, today announced plans to expand its Aiken County plant for MTU engines. The $40 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs over the next two years.
“The global need for clean, efficient diesel engine technology continues to increase, and Tognum is uniquely positioned to meet that increasing demand,” said Dr. Ulrich Dohle, member of the Tognum Executive Board for Technology and Operations. “Our global strategy provides us with the ability to expand intelligently and remain a leading-edge solution provider to our customers around the world.”
The investment follows Tognum’s initial commitment of $45 million in plant renovations and expansion, and is part of the company’s ongoing plans to increase its footprint in North America. The company maintains facilities and offices throughout the U.S. and is also in the midst of an international plant expansion program.
“Our continued growth is a testament to the hard work of our employees and the support we have received from the community,” said Joerg Klisch, director of operations, Tognum America. “The expansion of our operations here at the Aiken facility will be a great benefit to our company, our customers and our community for years to come.”
Expansion plans for the MTU Aiken plant include two new research and development buildings that will house new engine test equipment, as well as additional visitor and employee parking areas. Construction has already begun and Tognum expects to complete the new facilities by the end of this year.
“Today’s announcement shows Tognum’s commitment to South Carolina, and we celebrate the $40 million investment and the new jobs they will create in Aiken County. We know we are on the right track with economic development when existing businesses, like Tognum, grow their footprint here,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
The company has already surpassed its initial plan of 250 employees, when plans for the plant wereannounced in early 2010, which were to be in place by 2014.
“South Carolinians know how to build things and build them well. Nothing shows that more than when an existing manufacturer, like Tognum, grows its presence in our state,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
In 2011, South Carolina recruited more than $4.7 billion in investment and more than 13,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.
“Tognum America has been a welcomed addition to our manufacturing base in Aiken County. They have already exceeded their original commitments made in 2010 and we are grateful for their continued growth in Aiken County. Aiken County Council is committed to our existing industries and making them successful,” said Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young.
“We are very appreciative of Tognum America’s expansion in Aiken County. In their short time here, they have made a positive impact in the community,” said Gary Stooksbury, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Partnership. “The Partnership works hard to secure new jobs and capital investment for our area.”
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved the company for job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met. readySC will provide training.