One year after its establishment was announced, Fox Hill Business Park is set to have its first tenant and, consequently, Fountain Inn’s biggest taxpayer.
The Greenville Area Development Corporation announced the $18.7 million investment from Gissing North America at its annual meeting Wednesday morning. Gissing manufactures vehicle acoustic components for BMW, GM, Ford, Nissan, Toyota and more.
“Their decision to create over 100 jobs in Fountain Inn is a testament to not only the economic health of our region, but also to Gissing’s recognition of how important a community is to their company’s location and values,” Fountain Inn Mayor G.P. McLeer said.
Gissing North America will hire 116 people for its Fountain Inn location, administrator Shawn Bell said, and become the city’s largest taxpayer. It should be up and running inside the spec building at Fox Hill later this year.
Fox Hill Business Park is the first Class A commerce park built in the county in more than a decade, according to GADC. Developers broke ground on the 172-acre park last summer.
“We chose Greenville County in general, and Fountain Inn in specific, as our new home to expand our North American operations due to its infrastructure, economic environment and quality of life it offers our future associates,” Gissing North America CEO Claudio Calado said.
Founded in 2016, Gissing North America is based in Bingham Farms, Michigan and has 14 locations worldwide, including on in Sumter. It is a subsidiary of Wuxi Gissing Auto Parts, which is headquartered Wuxi, China.
— Caitlin Herrington, local reporter and lover of alliteration, covers government and growth in the Golden Strip. Follow her on Twitter @GVLnewsCat.