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Posted on: February 24, 2016

GoUpstate: Koeberlein & Seigert validates decision to locate in Spartanburg County

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By Trevor Anderson, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

A local manufacturer with German roots recently celebrated its 15th year in Spartanburg County.

Koeberlein & Seigert, at 7461 Highway 11 in Campobello, has carved out a niche in North America with its lineup of custom feeding machines for industrial parts, and company leaders believe they are on the cusp of great growth during the next few years. A feeding machine sorts industrial parts while delivering them to a specific point on a manufacturing or distribution line.

Koeberlein & Seigert was founded in Germany 1969 by Bavarian businessman Josef Köberlein. In 1977, the company introduced its first feeding system, which led to solid growth in Germany.

“2015 was a banner year for us,” said Frank Reinhard, president of Koeberlein & Seigert. “It's validation of the potential we saw (in Spartanburg County) when we decided to locate here. We're looking forward to building on that through quality, innovation and customer service.”

The company made the decision to expand into the United States in 2000. Reinhard said the company looked at several sites but saw the greatest potential in the 45,000-square-foot former Pettit Textile Machinery facility off Highway 11 in Spartanburg County.

Melanie Reinhard, vice president of operations for Koeberlein & Seigert, said the company's machines have been used in the production lines for some of the biggest names in the world, including Audi, BMW, Bosch, Ford, Honda, Mercedes, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and others.

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