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Sage Expansion To Add 80 Jobs

Sage Automotive Interiors, Spartanburg, plans to invest some $10 million to expand its Gayley, S.C., manufacturing plant, and expects to add about 80 employees to the facility’s workforce of more than 200. The state-of-the-art plant produces Sage’s YES Essentials line of durable, stain-resistant, odor-eliminating fabrics, used by auto makers including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Hyundai.

The company originally was the Automotive Body Cloth division of Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, which sold the division last year to Azalea Capital LLC, Greenville. Sage currently employs some 1,000 people at locations in the United States and abroad.

Sage CEO Dirk Pieper said the company has been investing in the Gayley facility from the first, and will continue to upgrade the plant as well as install new equipment. “This initiative … will extend our capacity to serve [original equipment manufacturers] the world over as both the domestic and international markets improve during the next several years,” he said. 

Sage also will move its headquarters to a facility on Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research campus in Greenville.

May/June 2010