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Hengst to expand to tune of $8 million, create 20 jobs
Steeplechase Spec Building
Kershaw Countys Steeplechase Spec Building on Black River Road will be the new home to Hengsts expanded warehouse and distribution operations. Hengst, whose North American headquarters is already located in Steeplechase Industrial Park, will spend $8 million on the expansion, which will add 20 jobs during the next three years. - photo by Kershaw County Economic Development Office photo

Hengst of North America Inc. will expand its Kershaw County manufacturing facility for the third time in less than a decade.

According to a statement issued today, the company, which located its North American headquarters in Camden in 2005, will invest an additional $8 million, create 20 new jobs and expand its warehousing and distribution activities in the former Steeplechase Spec Building in Camden. 

“We are pleased Hengst has chosen to locate its new warehouse and distribution operation in Kershaw County.  Our existing industries are the foundation of our local economy and their growth means good things for our community,” Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise said.

Hengst supplies numerous well-known vehicle manufacturers, such as Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC), Chrysler Group, General Motors (GM), Freightliner and Paccar. The Camden production facility focuses on the production of filter cartridges, assembly, machining, and plastic injection molding.

The 75,000-square-foot facility in Steeplechase Industrial Park -- the same park as its headquarters -- will house the company’s distribution and warehousing operations. The company expects the new facility to be operational by January 2015.

“We are excited about this expansion of our distribution operation in South Carolina and are confident in the continued growth of this region being a force in the automotive sector. This investment in our facility will not only benefit the company’s growth and development but it is also an investment in our local community’s future,” Hengst of North America President Robert Junker said.

Hengst intends to hire 20 new employees over the next three years to support the growth in its operations. Those interested in employment opportunities with the company may visit Hengst’s careers page.  Go online at www.hengst.com to learn more about Hengst.

“I was excited to meet with Hengst’s team at the International Auto Show in Frankfurt (Germany) last year, and it’s even more exciting to see them continue to grow in our state,” S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said. “Our international companies play a vital role in the economic success of our state, and I applaud Hengst for making their third major expansion since establishing in Kershaw County in 2005.”

S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt agreed.

“South Carolina’s automotive industry has more than quadrupled in the past two decades, accelerating our state’s economy. Expansions like this one by Hengst of North America help drive the growth of the Southeast region’s automotive sector,” Hitt said.

Hengst of North America Inc. is an independent and wholly owned subsidiary of the Hengst Group with global headquarters in Münster, Germany. Founded in 1958, Hengst today operates in 10 locations in six countries on four continents, with more than 3,000 global employees.

Mike Brennan, chairman of the Central S.C. Alliance congratulated Hengst and Kershaw County on today’s announcement.

“Since 2005, Hengst has realized the value of doing business in South Carolina, and today’s expansion announcement is a great example why our state consistently ranks among the best in the nation,” Brenan said.