An estimated 200 jobs will be created in Columbia area as Pure Power Technologies will embark on a $25 million expansion affecting the company’s Midlands operations, according to an announcement made Tuesday.
Pure Power Technologies, a division of Illinois-based Navistar Inc., makes diesel engine fuel parts at its Blythewood manufacturing plant. It also has a research and development facility in Columbia.
“Since we established Pure Power Technologies a year ago, South Carolina has proven to be a great place to do business,” said Houman Kashanipour, president, Pure Power Technologies. “Our employees’ commitment and know-how have enabled us to set the foundation for a successful business, and we’re delighted to build upon it with this expansion. We look forward to being part of the South Carolina business community for a long time to come.”
Last year there was anxiety where there is now confidence. Pure Power Technologies was still Continental AG’s then, and the German company had announced plans to close its Richland County operations and merge them with operations in Virginia.
Enter Navistar, an international trucking giant, that acquired the plants and immediately saved about 300 jobs. Now 200 more jobs could be added over the next three years with this expansion announcement.