A worldwide maker of plastics closures is spending nearly $20 million to expand in South Carolina.
Bericap SC LLC of Cowpens, S.C., one of 24 manufacturing sites around the world for Bericap GmbH & Co., will add several production lines to serve customers across the U.S. and Canada, according to the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
Work is expected to be complete by June 2026 on the project, the state said.
"As a member of this community, I am proud and delighted to see how our company has grown over the years and become an integral part of it," Plant Manager Michael Graczyk said in a statement.
Bericap is spending $19.7 million on this latest expansion phase and has invested more than $94 million over time at the site producing caps for the water, dairy, carbonated soft drink and sports drink segments.
More than 100 people currently work for Bericap at the Cowpens facility that opened in 2008.
"This expansion will be instrumental in positioning Bericap SC LLC as an industry leader and continue to provide employment," Graczyk said.
Bericap is based in Budenheim, Germany, and the company's history dates back to 1926 when the firm then known as Jacob Berg GmbH began making hoops for wine barrels. The company entered the plastic caps market in the mid-1970s and changed its name to Bericap after acquiring fellow plastics caps company Rical SA of France in 1980. Bericap takes letters from each of those names along with the English name for its products.
The unique name of Cowpens, meanwhile, comes from what is now known as the Battle of Cowpens, a Revolutionary War battle fought on land that was being used for grazing and cow pens.