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Indian automotive supplier launching U.S. operations in Ridgeville

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Sundaram-Clayton Ltd., an India-based automotive supplier, plans to launch its first U.S. operation in Ridgeville, with a $50 million investment, according to a news release.

The company, which Dorchester County had referred to as Project Gateway, produces aluminum cast products and permanent mold gravity cast parts for global automotive manufacturers. Customers include Volvo, Cummins, Daimler, Mercedes and Wabco.

“The United States has always been an important market for us,” Lakshmi Venu, joint managing director for Sundaram-Clayton Ltd., said in the release. “Over the years, we have built strong partnerships with global OEMs in the region and have decided to set up a facility in the country to better support our customers here.”

Sundaram plans to hire 130 employees over the next five years in Dorchester County, the release said. The first production line should be operational by the end of 2018.

Construction on the new facility will begin in April. The company acquired 50 acres in the Ridgeville Industrial Campus off U.S. Highway 78.

“For years, our council and staff have worked hard to get the vital infrastructure in place to attract quality employers and jobs to Dorchester County,” Dorchester County Council Chairman Jay Byars said in the release. “This project is the fruit of that labor and the first of many to come in the Ridgeville Industrial Campus.”

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