ASCO expands Aiken facility, creates 86 jobs

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Emerson’s ASCO plant in Aiken, which produces solenoid and valve components, is getting an an $8 million investment that will create about 86 new positions at the company. SPECIAL/ASCO

Emerson Electric Co.’s ASCO operations in Aiken county will get an $8 million upgrade and up to 86 new employees from a company plan to consolidate regional production of cylinders, motion control devices and other products at the valve manufacturing facility.

The company, through the South Carolina Department of Commerce, announced Tuesday that hiring for the new positions is already underway at the plant at 1561 Columbia Highway. Applicants were directed online to the company’s careers page.

The ASCO business unit said it will consolidate its regional cylinder, motion control and accessory product lines to its Aiken facility, which produces solenoid valves, angle body piston valves, valve manifolds and other fluid and pneumatic technologies used in the automotive, life sciences, packaging, oil and gas and refining industries.

The commerce department’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. St. Louis-based Emerson manufactures process management, industrial automation, climate technologies for industrial, commercial and consumer sectors.

ASCO Aiken Facility Director of Operations Ed Fox said in a statement he was grateful for support from the state and the Aiken Economic Development Partnership.

“It’s important to Emerson to continue investing in the best possible products and services for our customers, and our available resources in Aiken are allowing us to build upon that strategy for the future growth of our ASCO business,” he said.

Economic Development Partnership Board Chairman Gary Stooksbury said the additional production was a welcome development from a longtime corporate citizen.

“Existing industry is important to the overall vitality of our community,” he said. “EDP is glad to be a part of the Aiken County team.”

Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young said the ASCO expansion “could have been done elsewhere.”

“But we are grateful to ASCO for the new investment and jobs that will be coming to Aiken County,” he said.

By From Staff Reports Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 5:47 pm