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German automotive company picks Greenville for 1st U.S. operation

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Published Sept. 14, 2015

Kirchner Konstruktionen has invested more than $1 million and plans to provide 30 jobs in opening its first U.S. operation and headquarters of Kirchner Design Inc. in downtown Greenville. The Weingarten, Germany-based company specializes in planning, design, simulation and commissioning of equipment for the automotive sector.

Kirchner was established in 1990 and operates three subsidiaries in its home country. The company also owns a 50% share in T-Mech Engineering, a Slovak engineering firm. Kirchner utilizes a blend of expertise in computer-aided design software and on-site robot programming.

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“Kirchner Design is excited to be a part of the automotive manufacturing sector rapidly expanding” in the Southeast, the company’s managing director, Christopher Henry, said in a statement.

Greenville County Council Chairman Bob Taylor said in the statement that Kirchner “was keen to learn more about Greenville County’s relationship with iconic automotive organizations BMW and Michelin. In those discussions it became clear that the Upstate offered the most strategic venue to establish its first U.S. headquarters, and we look forward to working with Kirchner to ensure it is a success.”

The company is operating at 25 E. Court St., and hiring has started.

State Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said the announcement is a “testament to the global reputation our world class workforce has earned. More than 115,000 South Carolinians are currently employed by foreign-affiliated companies.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Kirchner Konstruktionen.

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