It’s a narrative that’s been likened to the American Dream—humble beginnings and decades of hard work that produced a multibillion-dollar operation. That’s the story behind Sundaram-Clayton USA LLC (SCL), the global company expanding the manufacturing industry in rural Dorchester County.
On Friday, SCL officially cut the ribbon on its first U.S. plant in Ridgeville. The global giant is part of TVS Group, India’s largest automotive parts maker and distributor also specializing in making motorcycles, scooters and two- and three-wheelers.
“Today is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for SCL, and I have a feeling it’s going to be remarkable,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, president of engine business for Cummins Inc., SCL’s largest client.
The grand opening ceremony, nothing short of grandiose and celebratory, was the culmination of five years of the company’s searching and planning for a Western expansion site and the realization of nearly three years of working with county officials.
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