September 1, 2016

Industry Expansion in Pickens County

Photo of JR Automation Technologies Expansion
From left: Tara Lyle (Davis & Floyd), Brent Robertson (Davis & Floyd), Mark Warner (Davis & Floyd), Ray Farley, II (Alliance Pickens Executive Director), and David Hilton (Davis & Floyd)

Big news for South Carolina and Pickens County in particular: JR Automation Technologies’ announcement of expansion comes with a $3.4 million investment, the building of a 50,000-square-foot facility, and 56 new jobs created.

The Michigan-based company provides automated equipment and services for industries including automotive, aerospace, medical, pharmaceutical, food processing, construction, and more. Their 2011 arrival in Pickens County was the company’s first facility outside of Michigan and their expansion will double the current Southeastern footprint of the company, more than doubling its workforce, too.

Governor Nikki Haley hailed the investment as great news for South Carolina’s rural areas and added, “Thanks to JR Automation’s commitment, we have another reason to celebrate, but more than that, we have all the motivation we need to keep Team South Carolina focused on bringing home the next economic development win for the state.”

Davis & Floyd has been involved with the JR Automation Technologies expansion project for over 8 months with permitting, survey, due diligence, and site design. Alliance Pickens and Pickens County selected Davis & Floyd as their civil engineer for the Pickens County Commerce Park. For this project, Davis & Floyd also teamed with Agracel, McMillan Pazdan Smith, and THS.

“Our workforce, our technical education and our commitment to a business-friendly community will support JR Automation as they expand into this new facility in the Commerce Park,” said Pickens County Council Chair Jennifer H. Willis.

We’re proud of Pickens County and thrilled to be a member of this partnership.