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OTR Wheel Engineering Announces Newberry County Location

February 02, 2010

Newberry, S.C. - February 2, 2010 -Newberry County and the Town of Whitmire today announced that OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc. will open an assembly operation in Whitmire, South Carolina. Although the investment is limited at this point, there are plans to grow the facility in the near future. Start up will only require 3-5 employees but the company is hopeful to increase business by attracting additional OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers in South Carolina.

"We are excited to open this new facility in Whitmire. It will allow us to meet growing customer demand for our products and better position us to serve our clients in the region. Newberry County will be an excellent fit for our company and we appreciate all the support from county and town officials," said Chad Taylor, Vice President. "We looked at several towns outside Newberry County but Teresa Powers, NCED was instrumental in our locating to the Whitmire area. Her contacts and assistance made the transition effortless and she extended us true Southern Hospitality!"

OTR Wheel Engineering is engaged in the manufacture and distribution of wheels, tires, and mounted tire/wheel assemblies used on "off the road" equipment. The new location will provide wheel assemblies for just-in-time delivery to the Komatsu plant in Newberry. The company will immediately occupy a vacant 16,000 square foot building adjacent to the town limits of Whitmire and expects to be fully operational by March 1st.

"On behalf of Newberry County, I welcome OTR Wheel Engineering as our newest corporate citizen," commented County Council Chairman Henry Livingston. "They join an impressive group of companies that have discovered Newberry County as a superior business location. We look forward to supporting their growth and success."

"We are pleased to have OTR Wheel join the Whitmire community and appreciate the County's assistance in locating them here. We look forward to developing a long-term relationship that supports their ongoing growth and prosperity," said Mayor Tim Carroll. "The Town of Whitmire will diligently continue its efforts to fill vacant industrial property in the area and bring more opportunities to its residents."

About OTR Wheel Engineering Inc.
OTR Wheel Engineering is engaged in the manufacture and distribution of wheels, tires, and mounted tire/wheel assemblies used on "off the road" equipment. Established in 1987, it is a rapidly growing company producing high quality products to meet customer requirements on a global scale. OTR utilizes ultrasonic weld testing, for greater reliability. The company also uses 3D engineering, drawing, modeling, and FEA analyses. OTR's use of proven design capabilities and extensive product innovations resolve customer performance requirements. Based in Rome, Georgia, OTR is capable of global integration, importing, and exporting, with sales and service facilities located in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and China, with other affiliates in Australia and South America. For more information visit www.otrwheel.com

About Newberry County Economic Development
Newberry County Economic Development (NCED) is a department within the County of Newberry government and the lead economic development organization for the county. NCED works with existing and prospective business and industry to facilitate investment and economic growth in the county. Its mission is to create quality jobs, increase the per capita income, and broaden the Newberry County tax base.

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