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Lighting systems company to bring 45 new jobs to Horry County

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A Finland-based manufacturing firm announced Tuesday that it plans to open a location in Horry County, according to a news release from the Gov. Henry McMaster's office.

Teknoware leaders said they will hire approximately 45 employees and make a capital investment of $5.8 million over the next five years, according to the news release.

Teknoware develops, manufactures and supplies interior lighting systems for commercial vehicles, as well as emergency lighting systems for public premises and ships. The company offers a wide range of customized vehicle lighting solutions and serves a variety of customers, including Alstom, Bombardier, Daimler, General Electric, Kawasaki, Siemens, Volvo and more.

To establish operations in Horry County, the company will lease a newly-constructed, 45,000-square-foot facility in the Atlantic Center in Conway, S.C.

“Teknoware is excited to make this new investment and believes in the future Horry County is providing. It is a good place to grow the business and support our employees," said Teknoware CEO Mikko Kosonen in the release. "After evaluation, Teknoware selected Horry County as the company’s new U.S. base of manufacturing operations. We appreciate all the help and support that we have received from the Horry County business community. We look forward to being a strong member of the local business community in Horry County.”

Teknoware will hire a range of manufacturing, supervisory and support service personnel. Those looking to apply should check the company’s website or visit www.SCWorks.org.

“We are excited to welcome Teknoware to the City of Conway, and our city council, staff and citizens look forward to working with them to ensure their long-term success,” said Conway Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy, according to the release.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

“Whenever a new company decides to invest in South Carolina, it marks the beginning of a partnership that we know will benefit our people for a long time," said Gov. Henry McMaster in the release. "Teknoware’s investment in Horry County shows its commitment to our state, and we’re grateful for the opportunities it will create for South Carolinians.”

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