ROCK HILL — Bonomi, an Italian-based maker of automated valves, has relocated its North American headquarters from Rock Hill to Charlotte.
Alberto Malaguti, general manager of Bonomi North America, said the company looked for new offices and warehouse space in Rock Hill and York County but could not find what it needed.
The company spent about $2 million to relocate 11 jobs to a 25,000-square feet building at Imperial Court in Charlotte off South Boulevard. The company could add as many as five jobs with the new space.
Malaguti said the company spent about a year looking for a new site. The Charlotte location was chosen because there is space to expand.
He said he expects employees will continue to live in South Carolina.
The Bonomi Group of Italy has three valve and actuator manufacturing centers: Rubinetterie Bresciane Bonomi was founded in 1901 in Lumezzane, Italy, which makes brass ball and check valves; Valpres in Marcheno, Italy, makes carbon and stainless steel ball valves and Valbia, also located in Lumezzane, Italy, which makes actuators.
Bonomi North America, formerly Bonomi USA, started in business in Rock Hill in 2003. The company assembles components shipped from Italy to customer specifications.
Don Worthington • 803-329-4066