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Automotive supplier to build facility in Charleston County

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Knapheide Manufacturing Co. announced Friday it is opening a new manufacturing facility in Charleston County, expected to bring an investment of $1.3 million and create 63 jobs.

“The close proximity to the new Mercedes-Benz Vans manufacturing facility made Charleston County an ideal choice for Knapheide, from both a collaboration and logistics perspective,” said Mandar Dighe, Knapheide vice president of sales and marketing.

The 75,000-square-foot facility, located at 8449 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston, will provide and install van interiors and bodies for Mercedes-Benz. The new Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facility is about a half-mile away on the same road.

No date for the facility’s opening was provided.

Knapheide, founded in 1848, is headquartered in Quincy, Ill., but has distribution centers in Columbia, Graniteville and Savannah. This is second new manufacturing center Knapheide has announced this year.

“South Carolina continues to elevate itself as a global leader, and the fact that Knapheide is launching their new operations in Charleston is another example of that,” Gov. Henry McMaster said in a statement.

Reach Patrick Hoff at 843-849-3144.

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