(Manufacturing.net) — Columbia, S.C.-based EcoDual Inc., a provider of dual fuel conversion systems for heavy-duty trucks, will relocate its manufacturing assets in a new facility in Beaufort County over the next 18 months. The $13 million investment is expected to create 307 new jobs over the next five years, and will help the company move beyond its temporary facility in Beaufort in favor of a permanent facility in the Beaufort Commerce Park.
The company has been in operation for more than 20 years, developing dual fuel conversion systems for heavy-duty, Class 8 trucks. These systems can help reduce fuel costs by allowing these vehicles to operate on a combination of diesel and natural gas while providing full torque and power. The technology allows diesel trucks to operate on as much as 60 percent natural gas, but can be run full-diesel if the CNG or LNG supply is exhausted. The company attributes the recent rise of U.S.-produced natural gas as one catalyst for the investment.
In a statement, Anant Vashi, chief financial officer for EcoDual, said, “We are excited about establishing our new manufacturing operations in Beaufort County. South Carolina offers EcoDual a fantastic business environment and an excellent talent pool to ensure we can meet our customers’ expectations. With the growth we are experiencing in our business, we are excited to plant deeper roots in the state. We are grateful for the support we’ve received from state and local officials.”
It’s another win for South Carolina as a whole, which has worked hard to attract more manufacturing investment — $5 billion in capital investment and more than 8,000 jobs in the automotive-related sector alone. Recently, the S.C. Deparment of Commerce announced that the state’s economy was the 12th fastest growing in the nation, and tied with North Carolina for fastest growth on the East Coast. IBM-Plant Location International also named South Carolina No. 1 in recruiting foreign investment.
“Today’s announcement is a big win for the Lowcountry and the state as a whole,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We celebrate EcoDual’s decision to invest more than $13 million and create 307 new jobs in Beaufort. Investments like this one have helped drive our state’s manufacturing growth and brought more well-paying jobs to our state.”
EcoDual will be collaborating with readySC on its mission to hire and train employees. Potential applications can inquire about job opportunities at EcoDual in its new facility by contacting them directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.