Way down south

On site in Fountain Inn, South Carolina

Apart from locations in Michigan and Wisconsin, the automotive divisions are also present in the south of the USA. Fountain Inn, near Greenville, South Carolina, is home to another site of the technology group in good automobile company.

Besides numerous German suppliers like Bosch or ZF, the largest BMW factory is also not far: The plant in Spartenburg is less than 35 kilometers away. Fountain Inn, population 7,800, was officially founded in 1886, though the town’s origins lie deeper in the past. The name is no coincidence: There was indeed an inn by a fountain there, which once served as a stagecoach stop. The drivers called it “Fountain Inn”, and the name stuck. In 1886, the railroad came to Fountain Inn in the form of the Charleston & Western Carolina Railway Company – and with it, new economic prosperity. Up and coming companies like the Fountain Inn Cotton Mill, founded in 1897, soon lined the route. Today, the automotive industry is the town’s biggest employer. Education levels and incomes are higher than elsewhere in South Carolina, and the town has the lowest crime rate in the county, underscoring Fountain Inn’s high quality of life.

Pierburg US, LLC

Location: Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Employees: 150 (2020)
Sales: 110 million USD (2019)