Tower International, an integrated global manufacturer of engineered structural metal components and assemblies, opened Monday at Southchase Business Park in Fountain Inn. Gov. Henry McMaster was on hand for the opening that featured a ribbon cutting event and tours of the 264,000-square-foot facility.
“Tower International made a great choice by coming here. It shows good judgement on their part,” McMaster said. “What I have to say is South Carolina is going to the top. There’s not a place that can keep up with us, if we don’t mess it up. If we don’t tax the people too much; if we don’t put regulations in the way to inhibit innovation and investment, then South Carolina will lead the country and the world in prosperity.”
According to Jim Gouin, Tower International CEO, the company invested more than $75 million in the new facility, which will manufacture large complex assemblies for Tower’s primary customer, BMW. He said the facility employs close to 40 people right now, and that “as production ramps up, we plan to hire an additional 100 by end of next year.”
In July, Tower announced the establishment of its first South Carolina operations in Greenville County.
Established in 1993 and headquartered in Livonia, Mich., Tower International is a global manufacturer of engineered automotive metal components and assemblies for the world's largest automotive manufacturers. With an annual revenue of $2 billion, Tower employs more than 7,000 workers its facilities in North America and Europe.