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Samsung announced last June that it is investing $380 million to manufacture home appliances at its new 450,000-square-foot facility in South Carolina, planning to create 1,000 new manufacturing jobs by 2020.

The company announced this week that it is making progress on that plan, officially launching a second production line of washing machines at the facility:

South Korean-based appliance manufacturer Samsung announced the expansion of its production footprint in South Carolina on Monday, making progress on a plan to create nearly 1,000 jobs in the state by 2020.

The company officially launched a new line of top-loading washing machines at its facility in Newberry. That’s in addition to a line of front-loading washing machines that the South Korean electronics company began making at the plant earlier this year.

The expansion comes less than a year after Samsung’s June announcement that it would invest $380 million in South Carolina to manufacture home appliances, creating an estimated 950 jobs by 2020. So far, company officials say that they’ve hired about 650 employees who are now working on the two washing machine lines at a 450,000-square-foot plant.

According to the Associated Press, the plant is utilizing automation to boost productivity and efficiency, which requires a skilled workforce to operate and repair. Nearly 100 Samsung employees are on-site training the new workers in South Carolina how to use the facility’s technology.

“If something goes awry, they show us how to fix it,” Samsung plant manager Tony Fraley said. “They show us how to troubleshoot it.”

Samsung is also working with the University of South Carolina and Clemson University to make the Newberry facility a hub for research and development, and is considering adding more production lines to the plant in the future.

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"The company officially launched a new line of top-loading washing machines..."

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