SENECA, S.C. (WSPA) – BorgWarner officials confirmed Friday morning they plan to resume “limited production” at the Seneca facility in early May.
On April 13, the company’s building was hit by an EF-3 tornado, which caused part of the building to collapse. A security guard was killed during the collapse.
A BorgWarner spokesperson said teams have been working to repair the building.
“We appreciate the support of the Oconee community and the State of South Carolina, our neighbors and our customers during this time,” the spokesperson told 7 News.
The spokesperson said they should be able to provide another update after May 6.
With the plant opening back up, businesses and residents are looking toward the future.
“I can’t put it into words how excited we are about the partial reopening. Borg Warner is a critical part of our community, but also our economy,” said Annie Caggiano, President of the Oconee Economic Alliance.
It’s positive news for nearby businesses and residents.
“The crews over there have been working around the clock, so it’s exciting to be able to have that back as part of a staple for our community,” said Rand Cournow, Director of Public Contact at the Seneca Animal Hospital.
“I’m just amazed that they’ll be able to open up,” said Carl Stebbing, resident.
Economic leaders said the reopening will bring a boost.
“They employee over 900 people in the County, not to say they’re all going to start this first week, but those people have to get gas. Those people have to make a lunch and buy a lunch,” Caggiano said.
Although there’s still a lot of rebuilding to be done in the County, some said this brings them hope for the future.
“It’s going to be a huge benefit socially and economically for us. And we’re going to be able to grow from here and just have a blossoming community,” Cournow said.