DUNCAN, SC—Magna International has opened a new 170,000-square-foot assembly plant here to produce exterior mirrors for BMW, Mercedes, Volvo and other OEMs. The new assembly plant currently employs some 255 employees, but that number is expected to grow to 400 jobs over the next few years.

The plant’s current production volume is approximately 1.6 million mirrors per year and will add the launch of the Exfinity Mirror to its production portfolio by early 2023, a first-to-market technology in North America.

Sustainability was a key focus when designing the facility. Energy optimization and control systems were implemented to minimize overall consumption and help reduce carbon footprint. The facility also boasts several employee-centric features and modern amenities, including a wellness room, fitness center, canteen with adjacent patio and gaming area, vegetable garden and a solar-lit walking trail. A dedicated truck entrance also exists for increased safety, and clerestory windows maximize natural light in the work environment.