Samsung's first US home appliance plant begins production
Back in early 2017, we heard that Samsung had plans to open a home appliance manufacturing plant in the US. Given the protectionist measures of the government, it sounded like a natural decision. In June, Samsung confirmed its plans and revealed that South Carolina will host the US$380 million factory. Six months have passed ever since, and the first US-based home appliance facility that belongs to Samsung is now functional.
The big opening of the manufacturing plant located in Newberry County, South Carolina took place last Friday. According to the official press release, the facility is located in a former Caterpillar plant in the town of Newberry. This plant consists of two manufacturing and assembly lines with 30 injection molding machines and 20 presses. These two lines combine components manufactured locally with supplied modules and are expected to roll out no less than one million washing machines by the end of the year.
The first ten washing machines made by the new Samsung plant went to two Newberry non-profit organizations, namely Boys Farm and the Freedom and Hope Foundation. The first one provides foster care services for boys with difficult family situations, while the second provides fishing and hunting activities to wounded soldiers and children with life-threatening diseases.