ZF Transmission Plans $200 Million Investment At Laurens County

ZF transmission has announced its plan to invest $200 million in the building of another production line at its commercial vehicle transmission plant in Gray Court, SC.

ZF will build the ZF PowerLine 8-speed automatic transmission at the Gray Court manufacturing facility starting in 2023, bringing an estimated 500 jobs with it.

“ZF is a 106-year-old technology leader that has been in the U.S. for many decades, and this investment in U.S. manufacturing of sustainable driveline technology further proves our commitment to the North American commercial vehicle market,” Martin Fischer, president, and board of management member of ZF North America, said in the news release. “Together now with WABCO, ZF offers customers around the world an unrivaled product portfolio that includes driveline, steering, braking, ADAS technologies, and telematics, coupled with a full-service network.”

The Gray Court produced PowerLine transmissions will be sold exclusively to customers in North America when fully operational.

The facility has produced 5.5 million automatic transmissions since opening in 2012 and employs 2,200 people.

“We started production in 2012 with our 8 and 9-speed automatic transmissions and quickly became a center of manufacturing excellence. As a result, we’ve been expanding our manufacturing footprint since our grand opening,” explained Thomas Joos, Vice President of ZF Transmissions Gray Court. “With the support of a dedicated workforce and collaborative regional partners, we are looking forward to adding the PowerLine to our facility.”

At present, the 1,687,000-square-foot Gray Court plant has the capacity to generate 1.2 million transmissions per year. In the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers of 2020, ZF ranks No.5 with a total sales of $34.23 billion to automakers in 2019.

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