KION Plans $40M Dorchester County South
Carolina Plant Expansion
December 5, 2022
North America plans to expand operations in Dorchester County South Carolina.
The company’s estimated $40 million investment will create approximately 450 new
KION North America is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial
trucks. The company’s brands, Linde Material Handling and Baoli, serve the
specific requirements of the North American market with a comprehensive and
complementary product portfolio known for innovative technologies, low energy
consumption and low operating costs.
Headquartered at 2450 W. 5th Street in Summerville, KION North America is
reshoring the manufacturing of core components including forklift masts. The
company is also adding assembly lines that will involve the installation of
crane systems, automated weld systems, new paint facilities and more.
The expansion is expected to be complete in 2024. Individuals interested in
joining the KION North America team should visit the company’s careers page.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development
credits related to this project. The council also approved a $500,000 Set-Aside
grant to assist with the costs of site preparation and building construction.
“We are proud to be investing in South Carolina, particularly in Dorchester
County. Both the state and county have been excellent partners in this process.
The KION Group is highly committed to expanding in the U.S., Canada and Mexico
and believes customers deserve products customized for these markets. We look
forward to reaching more customers with our full-scale traditional lift truck
portfolio and custom solutions such as automation, telematics and fleet
-KION North America President and Chief
Executive Officer Jonathan Dawley
“Thanks to our state’s exceptional workforce and business-friendly environment,
global leaders like KION Group are finding success here and driving our economy
forward. Congratulations to KION North America on this latest expansion.”
-Gov. Henry McMaster
applaud KION North America’s ongoing growth in Dorchester County and the new
opportunities they are creating for South Carolinians with this expansion. When
a company decides to grow its footprint in South Carolina, it reiterates our
state’s support for existing industries.”
-Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey
“KION North America has been a valued part of Dorchester County, and we are
thankful for their continued presence and new investment in our community.
Congratulations KION North America on your new expansion, and we wish you
-Dorchester County Council Chairman Bill