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Federal-Mogul Friction Products expanding in Orangeburg County

$7 million investment expected to create 40 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Federal-Mogul Friction Products today announced the expansion of its Orangeburg County operations. The company expects to invest at least $7 million and generate 40 new jobs at the plant.

Federal-Mogul Corporation is a global supplier of powertrain and safety technology to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance vehicle safety and performance. The company serves the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of automotive, light, medium-, heavy-duty, aerospace, marine, rail and off-road vehicles; and industrial, agricultural and power-generation equipment; and provides well-known brands in the aftermarket. Federal-Mogul Friction Products — a business line of Federal-Mogul — develops and manufactures extended-life brake friction products, with noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) refinement, and is a market-leading supplier of friction products to OEMs.

“With this significant investment, we are further cementing our commitment to being a world-class OEM friction supplier,” said Federal-Mogul Plant Manager Alex Lopez.

Federal-Mogul Friction Products has been operating in Orangeburg since 1996 and has a 210,000-square-foot facility with 210 employees.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when one of our existing businesses chooses to grow. We celebrate Federal-Mogul’s decision to invest $7 million and create 40 new jobs in Orangeburg. By continuing to strengthen our state’s business-friendly climate, we can continue to attract investments like this one to South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“South Carolina continues to see its reputation in the automotive club grow. Federal-Mogul’s decision to further invest in the Palmetto State builds on that reputation and shows that our manufacturing sector is continuing to grow,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. 

“Federal-Mogul has a long history in Orangeburg County, and we are pleased to see them once again invest in South Carolina, especially in today’s economy.  We greatly appreciate the continued commitment to Orangeburg County and look forward to supporting their continued growth and development,” said Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

“We are excited about the growth of our existing industry. The addition of this industry’s jobs and capital investment shows Orangeburg County is a great place to work,” said Jeannine Kees, chairwoman of Orangeburg County Development Commission. “This is a significant sign that automotive related industry is coming back.”

“Great to see another high quality investment in Central SC Region, especially by an existing industry. Federal-Mogul and other OEM automotive suppliers know the value of operating in an environment that is cost-effective. We welcome these 40 new jobs to Orangeburg County and look forward to continued economic momentum and success in the region,” said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.

readySC™, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, in cooperation with Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College, is assisting with the recruitment and training for new Production Technician positions at Federal-Mogul. Applications will be taken online only at from May 14th until May 25th. Computer access and application assistance is available at any local SCWorks Center. Orangeburg SCWorks is located at 1804 Joe Jeffords Hwy.

Federal-Mogul is a global leader in the development and manufacture of asbestos-free friction products, including advanced friction materials and components engineered to meet the needs of today’s vehicle manufacturers. For more information, please visit