Tognum, the specialist for propulsion and power solutions, will expand its Aiken Plant for MTU engines and add 20 new jobs over the next two years. The $40 million expansion project is made possible in part by the support of Aiken County, S.C. and the State of South Carolina.
The investment follows Tognum’s initial commitment of $45 million in plant renovations and expansion, and is part of the company’s ongoing plans to increase its footprint in North America. The company maintains facilities and offices throughout the U.S., and is also in the midst of an international plant expansion program.
“The global need for clean, efficient diesel engine technology continues to increase, and Tognum is uniquely positioned to meet that increasing demand,” said Dr. Ulrich Dohle, member of the Tognum Executive Board for Technology & Operations. “Our global strategy provides us with the ability to expand intelligently and remain a leading-edge solution provider to our customers around the world.”
Expansion plans for the MTU Aiken Plant include two new research and development buildings that will house new engine test equipment, as well as additional visitor and employee parking areas. Construction has already begun, and Tognum America Inc., an American subsidiary of Tognum AG, expects to complete the new facilities by the end of this year.
In addition, Tognum plans to fill 20 new full-time positions at the Aiken Plant as a result of this expansion. The company has already surpassed its initial plan of 250 employees which were to be in place by 2014.
“Today’s announcement shows Tognum’s commitment to South Carolina and we celebrate the $40 million investment and the new jobs they will create in Aiken County. We know we are on the right track with economic development when existing businesses, like Tognum, grow their footprint here,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
“Our continued growth is a testament to the hard work of our employees and the support we have received from the community,” said Joerg Klisch, director of operations, Tognum America. “The expansion of our operations here at the Aiken facility will be a great benefit to our company, our customers and our community for years to come.”
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, March 21, 2012; Images: tognum