Brake manufacturer bringing 280 jobs to SC

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

January 14, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A company that makes brakes for General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Nissan plans to add about 280 jobs at a South Carolina plant.

The State newspaper reported Thursday that Japanese-based Akebono Brake Corp. is consolidating some of its business in Lexington County.

Akebono spokesman Brandon Kessinger says the company is expanding the plant near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport that it bought from The Bosch Group. Kessinger says the company is essentially doubling the employment at the plant.

He says much of the work and equipment is coming from the closing of a Knoxville, Tenn., plant Akebono bought last year.

Lexington County officials say the company plans to spend $28 million on the expansion.

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