100 new jobs coming to West Columbia as Akebono Brake Corporation expands

A Japanese-based automotive braking system manufacturer is expanding its operations in Lexington County with a $40.5 million investment. Akebono Brake Corporation’s expansion will add an additional 100 jobs.

“Akebono’s continued investment in our West Columbia facility is a win-win for the company and our local community,” said the company’s West Columbia plant manager, Fred Ulep. “We look forward to expanding our operations here with the skilled talent that Lexington County has to offer.”

The firm specializes in brake and friction material development production. The company is enlarging its casting foundry operations and adding a new bay to accommodate machining and assembly. Increased sales led to the decision to expand, according to company officials.

The South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $200,000 grant to assist with the cost of property improvements.

“Lexington County is honored to have Akebono Brake Corporation expand their facility at the CAE Industrial Park. This expansion will generate new, highly-skilled jobs in the community,” said [cp_list_3 style=”check_2″][/cp_list_3]Lexington County Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat. “Akebono fully embodies the pioneering spirit that we value in the Midlands, and we look forward to the additional growth in the automotive sector.”

“Akebono’s initial investment announcement of $104 million and the addition of 314 new jobs in 1999 was a great win for Lexington County and for the Central S.C. Region,” said Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan. “Today, we celebrate another milestone – a $40 million investment and 100 new jobs. Congratulations to the leadership and workforce at Akebono for their dedication and commitment to this region.”

Akebono Brake Corporation will start hiring in 2016. Interested applicants can visit the company’s career opportunities page online.


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