A Japanese company is looking for more than 150 people to work at its new warehouse and distribution facility at the Matrix Business and Technology Park, Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the plant.
KI Logistics, a division of Kimura Unity, which operates a manufacturing facility in Laurens, is running with about 10 employees now and will have jobs for 169 people when fully staffed, the governor said.
“So this is when the work begins,” she told a crowd of about 100 business and political leaders at the plant off U.S. 25 in southern Greenville County.
The company is working with readySC, a division of the state technical college system, and Phillips Staffing to recruit and train workers, including support technicians, customer service representatives, team technicians and forklift drivers, according to the Greenville Area Development Corp.
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Yukio Kimura, president of the parent company, Kimura Unity, said he has been impressed with the “honesty and friendliness” of the people of South Carolina.
“We shall do our best to be a part of the community of which we can all be proud,” he said.
The company broke ground last October after announcing plans to invest $11.5 million n a 206,000-square-foot facility. Last month, before even beginning operations, it announced plans to spend another $2.7 million on an additional 64,000 square feet and expand its workforce plans by at least 20 more jobs.
KI Logistics acts as a warehouse and distribution center for BMW, Toyota, Suzuki and Panasonic, among other companies, officials said.
Haley pledged the state’s continued support to the company.
“We will continue to make sure we have the right trained workers for you,” she said.
“During tough times we’re going to be there with you, and during good times we’re going to celebrate with you.”