Skip to main content

Greenville Business Magazine

The Business Narrative: 115 Jobs Coming to Former Speedway Site

Jun 28, 2024 09:39AM ● By Donna Walker

(Photo by 123RF)

German Automotive Supplier Set to Establish Operation in Pickens County

By Meg Salt


ElringKlinger Group, a German automotive supplier, is establishing its first South Carolina operation in Pickens County. The 226,000 square-foot facility is located at the former Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and is set to create 115 jobs. 


The purpose for the facility is to develop and manufacture battery products. 


ElringKlinger CEO Thomas Jessulat spoke of the U.S. potential for battery technology, saying, “The new site in Pickens County is the next step for ElringKlinger in the implementation of its SHAPE30 transformation strategy."


Jessulat added, "The American market generally offers great potential for battery technology applications. When it comes to unlocking this potential, the U.S. state of South Carolina is an optimal starting point for establishing the group’s Battery Center Americas.” 


Gov. Henry McMaster showed support for ElringKlinger’s new development in Pickens County.


Said McMaster: “ElringKlinger’s decision to establish its first South Carolina operation is further proof that the automotive industry continues to drive our state’s economy forward. The company’s new facility in Pickens County, along with the 115 new jobs it creates, will greatly benefit our state and citizens for years to come.” 


This will become the supplier’s main U.S. center point for battery technology and development.


The state’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development presented Pickens County with a $750,000 Set-Aside grant to help with the cost of facility construction, preparation, and road enhancements.


Pickens County Council Chairman Chris Bowers said of the new development, “Pickens County’s workforce, including the Scholar Technicians from our Pickens County Career and Technology Center, are a perfect match for ElringKlinger’s high manufacturing standards and cutting-edge technology.


Bowers added, "We are excited to welcome ElringKlinger and its 115 valuable jobs to the Easley area where we are poised to thrive together for years to come.”


Operations for the facility are anticipated to go online in mid-2025. 

Roper St. Francis Healthcare Selects Joseph DeLeon As President, CEO

Joseph DeLeon, an accomplished healthcare leader from Texas, will join Roper St. Francis Healthcare as president and CEO, and, following seven months of effective leadership, Interim CEO Dr. Megan Baker will become the system’s chief operating officer.


DeLeon is the current president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, an 851-bed Magnet-designated, full-service hospital that serves North Texas with a Level I Trauma Center.


He brings more than 29 years of senior leadership experience in operating a hospital, maintaining strong finances and expanding access for patients. DeLeon starts on Monday, Aug. 5.


“Joseph is a veteran in every sense of the word as he has excelled in healthcare management since 1991 and served our country as a former captain in the United States Air Force Medical Services Corps,” said Edward McKelvey, chairman of the Roper St. Francis Healthcare Board of Directors.


McKelvey added, “We are thrilled to choose Joseph to further elevate our stellar reputation and expand access to quality healthcare while carrying out our mission of ‘healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence.’”


Roper St. Francis Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system in Charleston, South Carolina, and when DeLeon arrives, Baker will become chief operating officer and serve in a dyad role with Dr. Chris McLain, chief clinical officer.


DeLeon first joined Texas Health Resources in 2005 as vice president of professional services and business development at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, where he was responsible for all ancillary functions, strategic planning and business development activities for the hospital.


In January 2013, DeLeon was named president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Under his leadership, that hospital achieved Truven 100 Top Hospital recognition two years in a row and the Pinnacle of Excellence Award for Patient Experience from Press Ganey.


The Texas Health Southwest leadership team also worked to bring the hospital Texas Health Clearfork online and become a joint replacement destination. DeLeon returned to Texas Health Fort Worth as president in 2018.


He has managed many large facility and campus construction projects. The latest is Texas Health Resources' biggest project: the $304 million, nine-story Jane and John Justin Tower.


This building covers over 420,000 square feet and includes 144 patient beds, 15 advanced surgical suites, and new pre-op and post-op services.


DeLeon is active in the community, volunteering on multiple key community groups, including the Fort Worth Chamber and the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as chairman of the boards of Texas Rehabilitation Hospital and the Tarrant County March of Dimes, and on the boards of the North Texas Community Foundation and the Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration.


DeLeon has been recognized many times for his leadership of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, including a 2017 Minorities in Business Award from the Fort Worth Business Press and three years in a row in The 400, Fort Worth Inc.'s compilation of 400 of the Most Influential People in Fort Worth.


The awards recognize Tarrant County’s top leaders in business and the community.


He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in business management in 1991 and a master's degree in public administration in 1994 from Texas A&M University.


The Post and Courier reported the military also had an influence on his move. DeLeon's son-in-law is in the South Carolina Air National Guard and will be stationed at McEntire Joint National Guard Base near Columbia, and with him will be two of DeLeon's grandsons, the newspaper reported.


As interim CEO, Baker, who is a respected breast health specialist, has overseen teammate enhancements as part of the shared services agreement with Bon Secours Mercy Health, a major construction project with the doubling of Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital and teammate engagement efforts with a recommitment to rounding, enhanced leader meetings and the popular weekly communication feature “Minute with Megan.”


Baker joined Roper St. Francis Healthcare in 2015 and brought a pioneering spirit to grow surgical volumes. She has led multidisciplinary cancer programs both in the academic medical center setting and community hospital setting.


As one of the system’s first Integrated Practice Network (IPN) clinical leaders, she served as physician leader of our Surgery and Perioperative IPN and later as medical director of the Oncology IPN and the Roper St. Francis Cancer Center.


She is a graduate of Columbia University and earned her medical degree at Wright State University School of Medicine. She completed her surgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.

GADC President and Interim CEO Kevin Landmesser Announces Retirement

Kevin Landmesser, Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) interim president and CEO, announced his retirement from the organization.


“After 23 remarkable years with the Greenville Area Development Corporation, I reflect on the incredible impact we have made in Greenville County and look forward to this next chapter,” Landmesser said.


He added, “My heartfelt thanks to the board of directors for their unwavering support. It has been an honor to serve with them and alongside such dedicated colleagues, and I am confident that Greenville County is in good hands."


Landmesser has played a significant role in the economic development of the Greenville area for the past 27 years. Under his personal leadership, Greenville County has seen the creation of more than 10,000 announced jobs and $4.2 billion in announced capital investments.


Among his proudest achievements, besides ensuring good jobs for Greenville County’s citizens, were the successful management of major projects for companies such as Lockheed Martin, Michelin, Kiyatec, GE Power, Mitsubishi Polyester Film, and Hubbell (now Current).


Landmesser also worked in economic development for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce for four years before joining the GADC in its inaugural year.


Since that time, the organization has brought an estimated announced capital investment of $7.8 billion to Greenville County and has had an estimated economic impact of $55 billion.


Previous roles as senior project manager, vice president, and senior vice president before taking over as interim president and CEO in October of 2023, have provided Landmesser with extensive knowledge and experience that he will continue to share with the GADC as a senior advisor to assist with the transition of the new CEO (not yet announced).


Landmesser will begin this new consulting role upon completion of current duties on Aug. 16.


Said Jim Burns, chair of the GADC board of directors: “We extend our sincere gratitude to Kevin for his 23 years of exceptional leadership at the GADC. His strategic vision and dedication have been instrumental in advancing economic growth across Greenville County."


Burns added, "Kevin's impact will be felt for years to come, and we wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement."


The Greenville Area Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 by Greenville County Council.


As leaders in economic development for Greenville, GADC provides support and resources to businesses of all sizes and acts as a liaison between the business community and local government and works closely with government officials and agencies to ensure that the needs and concerns of businesses are heard and addressed.

Eyeglass Rule Updates: What They Mean For You

Do you wear glasses or know someone who does? Read on to learn about important updates to your rights under the Eyeglass Rule, according to the Federal Trade Commission.


Getting a copy of your eyeglass prescription immediately after your exam, at no extra charge, and without you having to ask your prescriber for it, lets you shop around for glasses. This has always been a main focus of the Rule.


Prescriptions can be provided either on paper or electronically. Now, to keep up with changes in how prescribers — ophthalmologists or optometrists — deliver prescriptions, the updated Rule says:


When you get a paper copy, your prescriber, if they’re involved with selling eyeglasses, must ask you to sign a confirmation saying that you received the copy. 


If you agree to receive a digital copy of the prescription, the prescriber must ask you to confirm in writing or digitally – online or on a keypad – that you agree to the digital delivery and to the way it will be given to you – by email, text, or patient portal.


Proof of insurance counts as payment for determining when an eyeglass prescription must be given. A prescriber cannot withhold a copy of your prescription for non-payment of the fees that your insurance should cover. If your insurance doesn’t cover examination fees, your prescriber may require you to pay those fees before releasing your prescription.


If you suspect a prescriber is violating the Eyeglass Rule, report it to the FTC at


For more information, check out Buying Prescription Glasses or Contact Lenses: Your Rights

Allow us to tell your company's Business Narrative. Send your press release to David Dykes or for more information email [email protected]