The local Bosch facility is expanding their North Charleston operations in Dorchester County, bringing an additional 150 jobs to the region. These jobs are part of $175 million expansion by the German automotive parts maker that is slated to span over the next five years. The Dorchester Road plant currently employs 1,700 workers and has been a vital source of employment in the Lowcountry for the last forty years. Based out of Stuttgart, the company has long been one of the Charleston area’s largest private-sector manufacturers. “The Charleston region has always been a cornerstone of Bosch’s manufacturing footprint in North America. Our relationship with the state, county, city and people of South Carolina is strong, and we’re excited to further our commitment here” said Mike Mansuetti, President of Robert Bosch LLC.
The expansion will occur at the existing Dorchester Road facility as the company adds new manufacturing lines for control programs for powertrain and chassis systems in its Mobility Solutions business sector. The plant currently makes fuel injectors and anti-lock brake system components. Bosch refers to the facility as “one of the key automotive manufacturing hubs in the US.”
“We are pleased to be working with the state of South Carolina and appreciate its continued support not only for new investments, but also to long-standing employers like Bosch,” said Peter von Wartenberg, senior vice president and commercial plant manager. This news comes on the heels of South Carolina being ranked as the 2nd best state in the country to do business. The state has a reputation for encouraging business growth with support through specialized incentive programs, a lucrative tax environment and a speedy permitting process. Dorchester County, in particular “provides value as a great place to do business for world-class manufacturer like Robert Bosch” County Council Chairman David Chinnis noted.
The new housing industry is also thriving in Dorchester County and offers some great opportunities for those looking to relocate to the area. The Dorchester Road corridor in particular offers an abundance of new communities such as Cedar Grove, Indigo Fields and Oakbrook Park that are mere minutes away from the Bosch facility. Just within these three communities you will find a diverse selection of home styles and price points. Cedar Grove is unique in offering all brick homes. Situated on large homesites, these elegant homes are priced from the $250’s. Indigo Fields offers stately homes with the option for up to five-car garages! It’s hard to find the flexibility in design that Indigo Fields offers, especially with prices beginning in the $230’s. Oakbrook Park offers upscale townhomes, loaded with designer options and priced from the $120s.
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