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USSC expands manufacturing capabilities, forms active seat tech partnership

Posted on April 25, 2018

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced USSC Group (USSC), a manufacturer of custom seating and fire suppression products for the transit, military, and first responder markets, will expand its operations and establish a manufacturing facility in Uwchlan Township, Chester County, creating more than 240 new jobs.

“The decision by USSC to continue to grow right here in Pennsylvania is a great win for our commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “Not only does this mean more jobs for people seeking work in manufacturing, but it also demonstrates that for manufacturing companies both in and outside of the state, Pennsylvania is the place to be to grow and thrive. I applaud USSC for their commitment to the commonwealth and our workers.”

USSC currently leases a 136,000-square-foot facility in Exton. The company will move operations into a nearly 300,000-square-foot facility in phase one of the expansion to accommodate the need for additional production after a company acquisition. Plans are underway to add an additional 175,000 square feet of manufacturing space in phase two. The company is investing at least $13.2 million into the project and has committed to the creation of at least 243 new jobs and retain a further 133 jobs over the next three years.

“The USSC team is very excited to continue our growth in Chester County,” said Joe Mirabile, president/CEO of USSC Group. “We are passionate about growing our team and creating manufacturing jobs in the great state of Pennsylvania. The CCEDC and the Governor’s Action Team’s support was integral in our decision to base our headquarters here.”

USSC received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $350,000 Pennsylvania First grant, a $109,350 WEDnet grant for employee training, and $486,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be issued after the new jobs are created. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $2 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) to assist with building and equipment costs.

USSC also announced it has entered into a partnership with ClearMotion, an automotive technology company specializing in digital chassis control. The two companies announce a strategic licensing agreement for ClearMotion's proprietary control software, algorithms, and mechatronics for active seating. ClearMotion's active suspension seat, formerly known as Bose Ride, cancels road disturbances and reduces whole-body vibration and fatigue for drivers by up to 94%.

"United States Seating is excited to partner with ClearMotion, the clear market leader in active technology and a company that is equally as passionate about improving the quality of life of drivers," said Mirabile. "This technology will help us improve the health and safety of our customers in ways that were not previously possible."

ClearMotion's active suspension seat technology replaces standard commercial air ride seats with a proprietary base unit and an integrated seat upper, providing drivers with an unmatched level of isolation from road induced vibration. Third-party scientific research concludes that whole-body vibration induces fatigue and stress to the spine and body, both of which are central to the health, wellness, and safety of commercial drivers.

USSC has acquired an exclusive license of the ClearMotion active suspension seat technology formerly known as Bose Ride I and II, for the transit bus, train, motorcoach, and first responder markets. USSC is the market leader for seating for these applications. As part of the partnership, USSC will also manufacture seat systems for ClearMotion.

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