Elkamet Announces Fourth Expansion in Henderson County

October 4, 2022

Henderson County, NC –Elkamet has announced plans for another expansion of its Henderson County facility. Located in East Flat Rock at the previous site of the Henderson County Fairgrounds, Elkamet is now expanding for its fourth time since arriving in 2006.

This expansion will further strengthen Henderson County as the home of Elkamet’s US Headquarters. The project is focused on the investment of $3,600,000 into real property, $1,000,000 in business personal property, and the creation of at least five new positions with an average wage exceeding $53,000 annually.

“Elkamet is proud to continue to invest in Henderson County. Our employees and this community have been instrumental in our success in the United States, and we’re excited to keep this momentum going with additional employees and equipment to support our company’s rapid growth,” said Carsten Erkel, Vice President and General Manager at Elkamet.

Beginning in Germany’s industrial heartland in 1955, Elkamet is a family-operated manufacturing company with products used across the vehicle and lighting industries. It produces extruded profiles from industrial polymer materials for automobiles as well as PA/PE/X-PE tanks for fuel and hydraulic systems for building construction machinery and fork trucks. Since opening its Henderson County location 16 years ago, the company has announced 4 expansions, investing in over 20 million dollars of taxable investment and 160 employees in the community.

Bill Lapsley, Chair of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, said, “Elkamet has been a major community partner and its continuous investment in our community raises the quality of life for everyone. We’re excited to see it create more high-quality jobs for the talented citizens of Henderson County.”

Elkamet is a long-time supporter of the Made In Henderson County Apprenticeship, a work-based learning program for recent high school graduates and other residents in Henderson County. The company has been a participating employer in the program since it began in 2018, spearheading the push from manufacturers to foster and develop young talent. Working alongside other participating companies, Elkamet hosts, mentors, and financially supports several apprentices each year, helping develop them into well-prepared members of Henderson County’s workforce.

“Henderson County has the perfect formula to success for companies like Elkamet: a growing and talented workforce, a central location, and support from the local community. Elkamet’s expansion will certainly strengthen our already thriving existing industry and we’re happy to be part of its success story,” said Steve Gwaltney, Chair of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development.


The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Inc. is a 501(c)6 organization that works to: retain and attract quality jobs; solicit new business compatible with the assets and values of Henderson County; promote Henderson County’s business image; assist expansion of existing companies; and enhance Henderson County’s overall quality of life. Since 1993, it has assisted in the creation and retention of over 3,500 jobs and in bringing almost $1 billion of taxable investment to Henderson County. For more information visit: hcped.org.