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By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal
BMW supplier Lear Corp. announced Thursday it will invest $7.7 million to expand its operations in Spartanburg County.
The company said the funds will cover facility improvements and new manufacturing equipment at its plant at 1200 Woods Chapel Road in Duncan.
The enhancements will support the launch of seating programs for Volvo’s assembly plant in Berkeley County and Spartanburg County-based BMW Manufacturing Co.
“We have a world-class seating facility in Duncan, South Carolina, with an outstanding workforce,” said Matt Simoncini, president and CEO of Lear, in a statement. “We are very pleased to be able to invest in future growth at this location.”
County Council approved the company’s incentives for the project in December.
Lear was one of the first automotive suppliers to follow BMW to Spartanburg.
“We are extremely pleased that Lear Corporation is expanding and growing its operations in Spartanburg County,” said Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt in a statement. “Lear’s decision to expand here represents our commitment to our existing industries. Spartanburg County will benefit from this expansion now and in the future.”