Hwashin America Gears Up For Plant Expansion

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By Catalina Trivino

Greenville's biggest manufacturing employer is getting even bigger --
Hwashin America, which is a Hyundai and Kia supplier, is gearing up for a major expansion project...

With recent news of record sales for Hyundai, plant managers at Hwashin America say in order to keep up with demand, they have to to expand. It's a $25-million dollar project that will bring in new jobs.

"If Hyundai or Kia wasn't here, I don't know exactly how we would be doing without them," Said Hwashin America H.R. Manager, Josh Simmons.

Regardless, Hwashin America continues to grow as it supplies automobile chassis and body components for the automakers. The company has plans for at least a 70,000 square foot expansion to keep up with demand. It's growth that Simmons says will add more jobs.

"We'll create some more welding lines, and with those welding lines, of course we'll have to create some more jobs for people in the community, which is great," Said Simmons.

An additional 20 to 30 people will be hired in the coming months, both on the plant floor and in management roles.

"Anytime you add jobs to the community, it's a snowball effect. Once they create more jobs, it's more jobs for trucking, for other things like that. Jobs will take care of everything. There's more money into the community more people off of unemployment," Said Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon.

Construction on the expansion is expected to start as early as next month. Hwashin officials say it should be up and running by the end of the year.

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