Samsung aims to produce 1 million washing machine in South Carolina

Samsung celebrates the ribbon cutting of the first commercial washers being produced at the Newberry, SC plant. Pictured from left are: Young-jun Kim, Korean Consul General in Atlanta; Joon So, President of Samsung Electronics Home Appliances America; U.S. Senator Tim Scott; Newberry County Administrator Wayne Adams; South Korean Ambassador to the U.S., Yoon-Je Cho; President and Head of Consumer Electronics Division of Samsung Electronics, H.S. Kim; South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster; U.S. Representative Ralph Norman; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Ian Steff; President and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America Tim Baxter. Photos by Renee Ittner McManus/RIM Photography
One million washing machine in 2018 and the creation of over 1,000 jobs by 2020 are the first goals of Samsung Electronics for its new plant in Newberry County (South Caroline), inaugurated six month ago.
Since then, Samsung has transformed the site with the help of more than 800 fulltime and contract workers, adding 151,000 square feet and installing two manufacturing and assembly lines with 20 presses and 30 injection molding machines. The two assembly lines combine Samsung’s made-in-house components with supplied modules, then package those products for shipment to U.S. consumers. Samsung plans to produce one million washing machines at the Newberry County facility in 2018.
«When we selected South Carolina for our new manufacturing facility – said President Kim – we chose a state and a community that believe in the power of innovation, and has the workforce to back it up. It is thanks to the strong partnership we enjoy that we are here to celebrate the opening of our first U.S. based home appliance manufacturing facility.»
To celebrate the success of the operation, Samsung is donating ten of the inaugural South Carolina-made washing machines to two Newberry based non-profit organizations: Boys Farm and the Freedom and Hope Foundation.