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The Robert Bosch plant in North Charleston is hiring a new logistics firm to help distribute its automotive parts. The move is expected to have little impact on about 100 workers at the Bosch's current distributor in Summerville. File/Provided

Kenco, which distributes automotive parts for the Robert Bosch plant in North Charleston, will end its Summerville operations in August, but the company's departure isn't expected to impact most of the 100 employees working at the site.

"Although Kenco is leaving, Bosch plans to continue its operations at the site," Aaron Lincove, the company's vice president of human resources, said in a letter to the state's Department of Employment and Workforce. 

Lincove said Bosch's products will continue to be warehoused at the Summerville facility by another third-party logistics provider — MAU Workforce Solutions of Augusta, Ga.

"It is Kenco's understanding that MAU has made or will be making employment offers to almost all Kenco employees and also those temporary employees assigned to work at the ... Summerville facility," Lincove said. "So the facility is not shutting down. Instead, the employment relationship between Kenco and its employees working at the facility will end on Aug. 31."

MAU is a family-owned company that provides staffing, recruiting and outsourcing for clients. It has automotive manufacturing experience as the primary staffing agency for the BMW plant in Spartanburg County.

Stuttgart, Germany-based Robert Bosch makes advanced fuel injectors and anti-lock brake system components at the North Charleston site. The company opened its Lowcountry plant in 1973 with 105 workers and has since invested about $800 million through several expansions, with the latest in 2016 bringing its workforce to about 1,800 people.

Kenco — the largest woman-owned third-party logistics firm in the U.S. — notified the state's employment agency as part of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which calls for at least a 60-day advance notice of layoffs impacting 100 or more workers.

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