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OMP Mechtron to invest $2.9M, expand Midlands operations

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Published Aug. 27, 2015

OMP Mechtron, a manufacturer of mechanical parts and electronic integration, is expanding its existing Midlands operations by establishing a new facility in Gilbert. The $2.9 million investment is expected to create 20 jobs over the next five years.

The company, presently located in Batesburg-Leesville, will be moving into a 21,000-square-foot facility at 4335 Augusta Highway. The building, formerly the home of Avtec Inc., will house OMP Mechtron’s production of printed circuit board assemblies, electronic and electromechanical assemblies and wiring.

“OMP is very excited to be part of this expanding market,” said Alessandro Mari, general manager of OMP Mechtron. “With the help of Lexington County, the state and the workforce that is available, we believe that this will be a formula for success both for OMP and for the state of South Carolina.”

OMP Mechtron is the U.S. branch of OMP Mechtron S.P.A., an Italy-based producer of mechanical parts. Established in 1987, the company’s product line includes subracks, rack cabinets, electronic integration racks utilizing printed circuit board assembly and waveguides used in mobile telecommunications. OMP Mechtron operates facilities in six different countries across Europe, Asia and North America.

South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt lauded the company’s plans and noted that the state’s manufacturing sector continues to attract direct foreign investment.

“There are currently more than 1,200 international firms doing business in the Palmetto State, and we’re proud that companies, like OMP Mechtron, continue to select our state as one of the globe’s top destinations for business,” Hitt said.

In the Midlands, there are more than 150 foreign-affiliated companies doing business, said Mike Brenan, chairman of Central SC Alliance. “It’s exciting to witness the expansion and growth of one of our foreign industries,” Brenan said. “South Carolina, Central South Carolina and Lexington County are open for business and looks forward to the continued success of OMP Mechtron, LLC, and other foreign-affiliated industries.”

Added Lexington County Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat: “We have a long history of supporting foreign direct investment initiatives. We are pleased that OMP Mechtron is expanding its manufacturing presence here in the County.”

In June 2013, Avtec Inc., a provider of Internet Protocol-based, touch-screen console systems that carry voice over telephone and radio networks, moved into new 46,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Lexington.

The company, which presently has about 40 employees, expects to have the Gilbert facility fully operational in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the fall of 2016. Those interested in jobs at OMP Mechtron team should email info.usa@ompmechtron.com.

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