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22nd July 2016 - Nantahala Outdoor Center, North Carolina

Kirchner design celebrated its one year of US operations with a full day white water rafting.

Ten employees displayed their exceptional teamwork in navigating the cold water of the Nantahala River rapids.

20th May 2016 - PBC Paintball Park, Greenville

A fun team building day spent in the rain and mud


22nd October 2015 - Launch party “The Loft at Sobys” downtown Greenville

Over 50 guests who helped Kirchner establish itself in Greenville as well as valued customers from the automotive industry were invited to the official launch party.

Company CEOs Mr Gerhard Schwichtenberg and Mr Markus Elbs from Kirchner Germany attended with a fantastic roof top venue and food provided from our neighboring restaurant Soby’s and live entertainment from Soulution.


16th October 2015 - Ropes Course, Clemson University Outdoor Center

New Kirchner employees had the opportunity to learn important teambuilding skills whilst having fun getting to know their colleagues.


14th September 2015 - Kirchner Konstruktionen establishing U.S. headquarters in the Upstate

Company investing more than $1 million in Greenville County operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kirchner Konstruktionen GmbH (Kirchner), a German company that specializes in the planning, design, simulation and commissioning of equipment for the automotive sector, is establishing its first U.S. operations in Greenville County under the name Kirchner Design Inc. The company is investing more than $1 million in the project, creating 30 new jobs over the next five years.

Established in 1990, Kirchner is headquartered in Weingarten, Germany and operates three subsidiaries in its home country. The company also owns a 50 percent share in T-Mech Engineering, a Slovak engineering firm based in Trencin. With high-technology and high-efficiency operations, Kirchner utilizes a blend of expertise in CAD software to design specialized equipment solutions and on-site robot programming to automate the production lines.

The company’s Upstate operations will be located in the historic Kent Court Building, at 25 East Court Street, Suite 202, in downtown Greenville. As Kirchner’s first U.S. operations, this facility will effectively serve as the company’s U.S. headquarters, allowing Kirchner to meet the increasing demand of its American customers.

Fully operational since July 2015, hiring for new positions is currently underway. Those interested in joining the Kirchner team should contact For more information on the company, visit


“Kirchner Design is excited to be a part of the automotive manufacturing sector rapidly expanding within the South Eastern region of the United States. With the help of Greenville County, the State and a highly-skilled local workforce, we believe that this will be a formula for success both for Kirchner and for the State of South Carolina.” –Kirchner Design Inc., Managing Director Christopher Henry

“We’re excited to welcome Kirchner Konstruktionen to the South Carolina family. When an international company has the option to move anywhere in the world and they choose to do business in South Carolina, it speaks to the hardworking people who make up our workforce and our reputation as an ideal place to do business. We look forward to this new partnership with Kirchner Konstruktionen and look forward to watching them grow and succeed here.”– Gov. Nikki Haley

“A testament to the global reputation our world-class workforce has earned, more than 115,000 South Carolinians are currently employed by foreign-affiliated companies. Today, we celebrate Kirchner Konstruktionen’s decision to establish its U.S. headquarters in our state, putting its faith in our renowned workforce. As a result, I look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Kirchner was keen to learn more about Greenville County’s relationship with iconic automotive organizations BMW and Michelin. In those discussions it became clear that the Upstate offered the most strategic venue to establish its first U.S. headquarters and we look forward to working with Kirchner to ensure it is a success.” –Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor

“Kirchner is certainly a leader in the automotive industry; but more importantly, they are a technology innovator “Kirchner will bring the type of high-tech job opportunities that excite the local workforce.” –Greenville Area Development Corporation Chairman Dick Wilkerson