Richland County, SC (WLTX) - Heating and cooling unit manufacturer Trane is expanding their operations in Columbia, a move that will create 700 new jobs.

The company announced Thursday a new $96 million project at their existing facility out on Killian Road, growing the facility by 680,000 square feet. Hiring for the new positions should begin in 2018 as construction nears completion.

The company already employed 600 people here locally, which means they'll be more than doubling their workforce.

Trane makes a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as advanced building controls and parts support.