$13.2 million investment expected to create 40 new jobs

The CeramTec North America Corporation (CTNA), a wholly owned subsidiary of CeramTec GmbH, is expanding its existing Laurens County facility. The expansion investment totals $13.2 million and is expected to generate 40 new jobs. CTNA's expansion includes construction of a clean room to manufacture tube core aerosol generators (TCAG), which will be used to deliver an antibiotic through inhalation for pneumonia patients.

"This is a significant business venture for CeramTec North America, underscoring our commitment to growth and continuous drive for customer satisfaction and business diversification. The added sales will solidify an already expanding ceramic business for the Laurens facility. Additional resources will be added in the coming months to fulfill the new requirements"

Brent Pahach, President of CeramTec North America

The multimillion-dollar manufacturing agreement covers a period of 10 years, which began in 2009 as a long-term development program with a major pharmaceutical company. The first of four product lines is expected to be completed with qualification samples being delivered in December 2014. The TCAG product line will utilize components manufactured in the company's Lauf, Germany facility, making this a high-profile project for the CeramTec Group.

"Our advanced manufacturing sector saw some exciting growth in 2013 and is building even more momentum in 2014," said Gov. Nikki Haley. "We celebrate CTNA's decision to expand and invest $13.2 million and create 40 new jobs in Laurens County. The future of South Carolina's economy is bright and we are excited for what lies ahead."

"South Carolina is known as a center for manufacturing products of all kinds," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "Not only is CTNA continuing to invest and create jobs in our state, this announcement also represents the company's expansion into a new healthcare application. This further proves that continuous innovation is taking place in the South Carolina's business community."

"CTNA has been a staple in Laurens County for many years, and we appreciate their continued commitment to our county. They are a great group of people to work with, and we always look forward to working with them on an exciting expansion project like this," said Jim Coleman, chairman of the Laurens County Council and chairman of the Laurens County Development Corporation. "This expansion is another example of the great things going on in Laurens County."