A leader in automotive components headquartered in Sweden has found a new home in Laurens County.
Frauenthal Gnotec will open a manufacturing and distribution facility in Fountain Inn, taking over the former Continental Automotive facility at 400 South Nelson Drive off of I-385. Continental, which employed about 40 people, ceased operations at the facility in December of 2019.
Frauenthal Gnotec is making an $8.2 million investment in the Laurens County facility, a move that is expected to bring 82 new jobs to the area.
“We are really pleased with our new facility located in Lauren County. The new facility significantly increases our production capacity and improves the overall flow of our production processes,” said Jörgen Oldenstedt, president & CEO of Frauenthal Gnotec. “The expansion is fueled by the continued growth we have had in recent years and will create a wide variety of interesting jobs. The new facility will enable us to successfully meet the rapidly growing demand for our products and services and to better serve our customers and long-term business partners located around the world.”
Gnotec has been a international manufacturer of metal components to the automotive and commercial vehicle industry for more than 70 years. The company employs around 1,300 people at operations in China, Czechia, Germany, Slovakia and Sweden, using state-of-the-art technology in automatic pressing, welding and assembly.
The company is headquartered out of Gothenburg, Sweden and first established operations in the U.S. in late 2018.
“We would like to welcome Gnotec to the Laurens County business community,” said Laurens County Council Chairman Brown Patterson. “We pride ourselves on being a great place to do business, and their investment and commitment to our community is further evidence of that. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.”
Jonathan Coleman, president & CEO of the Laurens County Development Corporation said the arrival of Gnotec is another boost for the county’s growing industrial community.
“Laurens County continues to be a great place for foreign direct investment, and we would like to welcome Gnotec to our manufacturing community,” Coleman said.
We are committed to continuing to grow our manufacturing and industry base which already makes up over 54% of our county wages. We look forward to Gnotec helping us expand those numbers and working with their great company to help them grow in Laurens County.”
Individuals interested employment with Gnotec team can visit career.gnotec.com.