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      Automotive company creating new jobs, expanding in Greenville Co.

      An automotive parts manufacturer is hoping to create 80 new jobs as part of an expansion in Greenville County.

      PIEDMONT, S.C. (WACH, AP) -- An automotive parts manufacturer is hoping to create 80 new jobs as part of an expansion in Greenville County.

      Officials with JTEKT Automotive South Carolina Inc. said Tuesday the company plans to invest $102 million over the next two years. The company says it will build a new building near its existing facility in Piedmont.

      ??It??s another great day in South Carolina when one of our existing businesses chooses to increase its footprint here. We celebrate JTEKT Automotive??s decision to invest $102 million and create 80 new jobs in Piedmont with this expansion,?? said Gov. Nikki Haley.

      The Japan-based JTEKT also operates facilities in Blythewood, Greenville, Orangeburg and Walhalla.

      ??With announcements like this, we see South Carolina??s manufacturing renaissance continuing to gain steam. We also see our reputation in the automotive club grow. We appreciate JTEKT Automotive??s confidence in South Carolina as the right place to make new products,?? said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

      Hiring for the new jobs begins in October.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)