JR Automation Technologies expanding operations in Pickens County

Monday, August 22, 2016 Manufacturer investing $3.4 million and creating 56 jobs in new expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. JR Automation Technologies, LLC, a global leader in custom automation solutions, is expanding its existing operations in Pickens County. The expansion will result in the creation of 56 new jobs and a capital investment of $3.4 million.

Established in 1980 and based in Holland, Mich., JR Automation Technologies provides custom automated equipment and services to customers in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical device, pharmaceutical, food processing, construction and more. With more than 850 employees across eight locations, the company offers state-of-the-art automation solutions, integrating technologies and processes ranging from welding to laser applications to metal and plastics processing, to meet its clients’ unique needs.

To accommodate this expansion, the company will be moving into a 50,000-square-foot build-to-suit facility in Pickens County Commerce Park. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin immediately, and those interested in joining the JR Automation team should visit the company’s career page online.

For more information on JR Automation Technologies, visit www.jrauto.com.


“We are pleased to announce the launch of our new facility, and we are grateful for all the support we have received from the community here in South Carolina. JR’s rapid growth is truly a testament to the strength of our relationships with our customers, suppliers and neighbors, and to the dedication of all our employees. We look forward to seeing that growth continue at our new facility.” –JR Automation Technologies CEO Bryan Jones

“JR Automation’s $3.4 million investment in Pickens County will mean 56 new jobs, and it’s more great news for one of our rural areas. 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.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s manufacturing industry continues to thrive, and today’s announcement by JR Automation is further proof of that. The fact that they’re choosing to expand and create new jobs in our state is important because it makes a statement about the business environment we’ve worked hard to cultivate here in South Carolina.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Pickens County is delighted to partner with JR Automation Technologies again as their business grows and thrives. We are confident that the partnership we have will continue to help the company. 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. We look forward to watching this company’s continued achievements for many years to come.” –Pickens County Council Chairman Jennifer H. Willis


  • JR Automation Technologies is expanding operations in Pickens County.
  • $3.4 million investment to create 56 new jobs.
  • JR Automation is a designer and manufacturer of capital equipment for the automotive, aerospace, medical device, consumer products, apparel and pharmaceutical industries.
  • The company will be moving into a 50,000-square-foot facility in Pickens County Commerce Park.
  • Those interested in the new positions should visit the company’s career page online.