COLUMBIA, S.C. — November 21, 2023 — Sage Automotive Interiors (Sage), a manufacturer of automotive interior materials, today announced it is expanding its Sharon Plant in Abbeville County. The $10.45 million investment will create 95 new jobs.
Sage is one of the world’s leading providers of automotive interior materials, including seating, door panel surfaces and headliners, to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Sage’s core strengths are consumer research, sustainability and innovative problem-solving for OEMs. The company’s vision is to continually lead the market in design, engineering and technical capability, supported by world-class manufacturing.
Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Sage is a global company with offices and manufacturing locations in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. U.S. manufacturing operations are in South Carolina and Georgia.
Operations are expected to be online in 2025. Individuals interested in joining the Sage team should visit the company’s careers page.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project. The council also awarded a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Abbeville County to assist with the cost of building improvements.
“Our decision to expand and invest in our Sharon Plant underscores our unwavering dedication to meeting the evolving needs of our customers in the automotive industry,” said President and CEO of Sage Automotive Interiors Chris Heard. “This project not only solidifies our commitment to innovation but also demonstrates our confidence in the future of automotive manufacturing in South Carolina.”
“South Carolina is grateful for the economic impact that Sage Automotive Interiors has on Abbeville County,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “News of this expansion and the additional 95 jobs is a major victory for Abbeville and is certainly worth celebrating.”
“Congratulations to Sage Automotive Interiors on increasing its global presence with an expansion in Abbeville County,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. “Not only does this expansion provide additional opportunities to create the high-quality fabrics that automakers and their customers expect and enjoy, but it also proves that our state’s rural areas continue to be a great environment for sustained growth.”
“Sage Automotive has been an important part of the Abbeville County industrial landscape for over 14 years,” Abbeville County Council Chairman Billy Norris noted. “Abbeville County is proud that Sage has chosen to continue investing in our community through this expansion and look forward to seeing their operations grow. Sage has once again proven that rural communities in South Carolina are thriving as a great place to work, play and live.”
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Sage Automotive Interiors (Sage) is growing its South Carolina presence with an expansion of its Sharon Plant in Abbeville County.
- The company’s $10.45 million investment will create 95 new jobs.
- Sage is a manufacturer of automotive interior materials.
- The Sharon Plant is located at 1395 Highway 72 W. in Abbeville, S.C.
- Individuals interested in joining the Sage team should visit the company’s careers page.
Posted: November 27, 2023
Source: State of South Carolina Office of the Governor