Auto InterriorSage Automotive Interiors recently acquired the automotive body cloth division of nearby Milliken Co., and will build a new headquarters at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Milliken is well known for their textiles research and Sage takes over a strong company with 1000 employees at the South Carolina plants of Marietta, Abbeville, and Spartanburg, plus Toccoa, GA and Brazil. Sage makes materials for automotive seating, door panels, and a segment they want to focus on growing, headliners. Locating at the CU-ICAR complex keeps their headquarters close to their manufacturing base and provides synergy with Clemson, also well known for textile research and education. The Sage development comes on the heels of an announcement that electric bus maker Proterra will put a manufacturing facility at the CU-ICAR campus this year.
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Housing Greenville SCAccording to Builder Magazine Online, the Greenville Upstate area made the top 20 list of areas that will lead the housing recovery in 2010. They based their findings on several factors, but primarily on the number of housing starts in 2009 and forecast starts in 2010. The number of starts in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson area jumped 13% in the fourth quarter of 2009, with a total of 1,591 for the year. That is forecast to increase another 20% in 2010 for a total of 1918 starts. Other factors that put Greenville into the 19th spot include affordable housing with a median sales price of $139,000 last year, a strengthening job market, strong population growth and prime location on I-85 between Atlanta and Charlotte. The top three areas in the study were number one Austin, TX, followed by Raleigh and then Charlotte, NC.