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A leading global automotive supplier is expected to create almost 500 jobs over the next five years in the Upstate.
The groundbreaking for Magna International was celebrated Tuesday morning.
Magna is expected to create 480 new jobs over the next five years in Spartanburg County.
Headquartered in Canada, Magna International operates facilities across the globe and employs about 155,000 people worldwide.
The company produces several automotive parts, including the body, chassis, exterior, seating, powertrain, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules.
Magna’s new 230,000-square-foot seating plant in the Tyger River Industrial Park on Highway 290 is expected to be operational in June 2017. The plant will supply seats to BMW’s nearby assembly plant.
“This is a new chapter in the ongoing collaboration between Magna and BMW, as it’s our first seating business award with this valued global customer. With this investment and job creation, we are extremely pleased to join the growing automotive industry in South Carolina,” Mike Bisson, president of Magna Seating, said in statement.
“The Economic Futures Group, along with key allies with the S.C. Department of Commerce, Pacolet-Milliken Enterprises, Spartanburg Community College and all the utility providers, worked collaboratively to land the facility here. As a leading global automotive supplier, Spartanburg County will benefit from Magna’s investment now and in the future,” Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt said in a statement.