Abrasives Manufacturer to Expand in South Carolina

June 10, 2010
Saint-Gobain Abrasives will break ground for new facility this month.

Saint-Gobain Abrasives recently announced plans for a $1.4 million expansion of its manufacturing operations in Travelers Rest, S.C.

Saint-Gobain Abrasives will break ground for the new building this month and expects to start adding equipment sometime in July, according to the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

The company will be consolidating a North Carolina operation to the Travelers Rest facility, adding both equipment and space to the current facility, according to the department.

Our plant in Greenville County has been an important part of our companys overall operations, and we are pleased to expand there, said Robert Smith, general manager, Industrial Superabrasives North America, Saint-Gobain Abrasives. This expansion will help us meet customer demand for our products and better position us in the marketplace. We look forward to moving forward with our plans and appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials.

Saint-Gobain Abrasives, which is part of Paris-based Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, manufactures and markets bonded, coated, superabrasives and thin wheels. The Travelers Rest facility, established in 1982, produces superabrasives, industrial diamond and cubic boron nitride products used in precision manufacturing in the aerospace, automotive, bearing and other markets.

The company also operates a manufacturing facility in North Charleston, S.C., has a joint venture in Fountain Inn, S.C., and distribution offices in the South Carolina cities of Conway, Hanahan and West Columbia.

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