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JTEKT Expanding Oconee County Koyo Bearings Operations

May 17, 2018 02:03PM ● By Kathleen Maris
JTEKT North America, a producer of bearings, driveline components, steering systems, and machine tools, announced that it is investing $19.4 million to expand its existing Koyo Bearings production facility in Oconee County. The growth will result in the creation of 56 new jobs.

Established in 1960, this manufacturing plant was purchased by JTEKT Group in 2010 and operates as Koyo Bearings. It supplies bearings and steering systems to major automotive manufacturers. A subsidiary of JTEKT Group, JTEKT North America currently employs more than 5,400 associates at 14 manufacturing facilities across the continent.

The expansion of the company's Oconee County operations, which are located at 430 Torrington Road in West Union, S.C., will include an 18,000-square-foot addition to the existing 173,000-square-foot plant. For more information on JTEKT North America or Koyo Bearings, visit

"Koyo's dedication to continuously improving our manufacturing processes shows we are a consistent employer of choice within Oconee County," said Koyo Enginerring Facilities Manager Shawn Grimm. "This is shown by our facility investment of over $19 million over a two-year period to improve equipment, processes, and our shop floor layout. We are proud of our location and glad to be part of this great area."