|Jochen Kurz, general manager of the family-owned company, said the Pickens County School District’s Career and Technology Center was one of the key selling points in the decision to locate in the park near Liberty.
“It was love at first sight,” he said of his visit to the county while prospecting for a site.
The company will be needing sales people, engineers and technicians, and it expects to be recruiting students right out of the career center and training them for jobs, he said.
The 38,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017, he said.
The company's market in the USA is similar in size to its business in China, where it employees about 200 workers, and Kurz told The Greenville News he expects to have that large a workforce here eventually.
“It's always a great day in our state when we can welcome a company like era-contact USA to the South Carolina family,” Gov. Nikki Haley said in a statement released by the Department of Commerce. “Their decision to create 45 new jobs in Pickens County is a huge win for the people of South Carolina and is a real reason to celebrate across the state.”
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