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German firm plans US injection moulding plant

Join Date: 2018-12-12

Photo by BMW The new injection molding company WG Plastics plans to open its first plant in South Carolina just as automaker BMW AG expands production in the state.

Two German entrepreneurs plan to set up an injection moulding operation in South Carolina, US near the state’s growing automotive industry.

The partners chose Abbeville County to invest $2.7m (€2.37m) in a new facility that will be a full-service supplier of injection moulded assemblies and components. Construction of the new plant is scheduled to begin by 2018. In the interim, WG Plastics will be based in an existing building in Lakelands Commerce Park.

Wolfgang Gutmann and Uli Wellhaeuser are the entrepreneurs named in a news release by South Carolina’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development. Gutmann, listed as president in the release, did not respond to requests for more information on the project. His only US address found in an Internet search is in Lansing, Michigan, where he incorporated Lead Wolf Consulting LLC in 2009.

German auto major BMW has a large assembly plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, about 70 miles from Abbeville County. BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg is BMW’s largest volume producer in the company’s global production network. The site is undergoing a $1bn (€879m) expansion which should boost output above the 400,000 vehicle mark logged in 2015. The business reported it exported $9.8bn (€8.62bn) worth of vehicles last year.

WG Plastics will begin hiring in late 2016. State officials estimate the new plant will create 50 jobs over five years. South Carolina’s CCED said it has approved a $200,000 (€175,995) grant to Abbeville County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.

“WG Plastics manufactures premium parts for premium customers, and we are proud our operations will be calling Abbeville County home,” Gutmann said.

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