12 February 2013

Germany-based TIGGES to establish new U.S. facility in South Carolina

Columbia, S.C. - 12 February 2013 - TIGGES USA LLC, a subsidiary of Wuppertal, Germany-based TIGGES GmbH, will invest $1.5 million in South Carolina and generate at least five new jobs. TIGGES will establish its first North American facility at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville County. The new location will be a technical sales office to drive supply chain efficiency and improve customer service to North American customers. 

“This strategic expansion will help us meet accelerating demand for fasteners and connecting elements needed by our core automotive, aerospace and marine industry customers, and Greenville County provides us with an excellent business environment, a top-notch workforce and exceptional market access. We look forward to becoming a part of the Palmetto State’s business community,” said John Ferrell Jr., general manager of TIGGES USA. 

From our German roots, we have tremendous experience and technological know-how, and a strong brand reputation, serving major customers like BMW and Bosch across the European continent,” said Ferrell. “This physical expansion into North America is a vital first step in our global growth and customer service plans.” 

Founded in 1925 and privately owned, TIGGES is a leading international manufacturer of fasteners and connecting elements required by the automotive, industrial, marine, energy and aerospace industries. TIGGES offers four production technologies in-house – cold forming, hot forging, machining, and grinding – to provide customers with a strategic and solution-based approach to the development, production of connection-based elements. 

“It’s exciting to see another international company choose to put down roots in South Carolina. We celebrate TIGGES USA’s decision to invest $1.5 million and create new jobs in Greenville. Today’s announcement is another indication that more and more companies from around the globe are seeing South Carolina as the right place to do business,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. 

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $5 billion in capital investment and more than 8,000 jobs in the automotive-related sector. 

The automotive industry continues to thrive and grow in South Carolina. It also continues to serve as a wealth and job creator all across the state. TIGGES’ decision to locate new operations here once again shows that we are a leader in the nation’s automotive club,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. 

With the addition of TIGGES USA Inc., CU-ICAR now boasts 18 corporate campus partners from around the world. Together, the partners make the CU-ICAR campus a growing automotive ecosystem where industry meets academia. 

Source: South Carolina Department of Commerce