A Dutch maker of car sunroof systems is set to expand once again in Cherokee County, adding 300 additional jobs over the next four years to become one of the county’s largest employers just a year after opening its $17.1 million plant.
The announcement by Inalfa Roof Systems comes on top of a 100-job expansion announced last year just a month after the initial 165,000-square-foot facility had been in operation, promising 300 jobs at the outset.The company is now on its way to creating a full-fledged manufacturing campus in the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park, where it is the anchor tenant.
The phased expansion will begin next year, when the company opens a new $8 million, 52,500-square-foot building and hires 50 new workers in positions from management to skilled workers on the factory floor.
Foreign firms are fueling a surge of automotive investment in the state. Last year, Austria-based voestalpine AG exemplified the breakneck growth some companies have experienced here, holding a simultaneous grand opening of its new factory and groundbreaking on a new building.
Inalfa has been helped along by the presence in the region of auto makers like Hyundai, Kia and BMW, which it counts as its customers along with Volvo, General Motors and other industry giants.
For more information, read the Cherokee Office of Economic Development news release here.