Automotive Materials Manufacturer Announces $10.45m Expansion in Abbeville County

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Sage Automotive Interiors, a manufacturer of automotive interior materials, is expanding its Sharon Plant in Abbeville County.

The $10.45 million investment will create 95 new jobs, according to a news release from Gov. Henry McMaster’s office.

Headquartered in Greenville, Sage is a global company with offices and manufacturing locations in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, the release stated. U.S. manufacturing operations are in South Carolina and Georgia.

“Our decision to expand and invest in our Sharon Plant underscores our unwavering dedication to meeting the evolving needs of our customers in the automotive industry,” said Chris Heard, president and CEO of Sage Automotive Interiors Inc., in the release. “This project not only solidifies our commitment to innovation but also demonstrates our confidence in the future of automotive manufacturing in South Carolina.”

Sage is one of the world’s leading providers of automotive interior materials, including seating, door panel surfaces and headliners, to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the release stated. Sage’s core strengths are consumer research, sustainability and innovative problem-solving for OEMs. The company’s vision is to continually lead the market in design, engineering and technical capability, supported by world-class manufacturing.

Operations are expected to be online in 2025. Individuals interested in joining the Sage team should visit the company’s careers page.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project, the release stated. The council also awarded a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Abbeville County to assist with the cost of building improvements.

“Sage Automotive has been an important part of the Abbeville County industrial landscape for over 14 years,” Abbeville County Council Chairman Billy Norris said in the release. “Abbeville County is proud that Sage has chosen to continue investing in our community through this expansion and look forward to seeing their operations grow. Sage has once again proven that rural communities in South Carolina are thriving as a great place to work, play and live.”

Source: GSA Business Report