31 August 2013

Fraenkische Industrial Pipes to invest $5 million and create 50 new jobs in South Carolina

Columbia, S.C. – 30 August 2013 – Fraenkische Industrial Pipes will expand its existing operations and North American headquarters in Anderson County. The $5 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs over the next few years. Fraenkische Rohrwerke, the parent company, is located in Königsberg, Germany and employs over 2,300 worldwide in 14 facilities located on four continents. 

Fraenkische Industrial Pipes will add 20,000 square feet of space to its facility and will make room for the company’s new manufacturing equipment. Fraenkische Industrial Pipes also recently finished a facade upgrade to this facility to align the look more with the company’s corporate identity and in celebration of its 10-year anniversary in the United States.

A smaller warehouse addition of 7,200 square feet was previously completed in 2011, with 20 additional jobs added at that time. The Anderson location became the North American headquarters after the company expanded their North American presence by adding a new facility in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico last year. The Mexico facility is managed by the Anderson team.

“We are very happy to be expanding again in Anderson. We have grown from 20 employees in 2009, at the worst of the great recession, to over 100 employees now. Anderson County has been a great partner through the years, supporting our initiatives, and the location here in the Southeast is central to many of our large customers,” said Joe Roznowski, president and CEO for Fraenkische North America. 

More and more companies from around the globe are learning that South Carolina understands what businesses need in order to do well. Fraenkische Industrial Pipes understands that and the company’s expansion is a testament to the success companies can find here in the Palmetto State. We celebrate the company’s decision to invest $5 million and create 50 new jobs in Anderson,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Fraenkische Industrial Pipes began operating at the Anderson site in 2003 and was the first location outside of the corporate headquarters located in Königsberg, Germany. The Industrial Pipes division produces plastic corrugated tubing and assemblies for the automotive and industrial markets.

The company is also growing in the non-automotive industrial segments in fuel related areas as well as household appliances such as dishwashers and also within the agricultural and construction equipment industries. The Anderson location serves over 100 customers throughout North and South America.

Source: South Carolina Department of Commerce