Saint-Gobain to expand in Travelers Rest

Saint-Gobain to expand in Travelers Rest

GSA Daily Staff Report
Published June 9, 2010

Saint-Gobain Abrasives plans to invest $1.4 million in the expansion of its facility in Travelers Rest, the S.C. Department of Commerce and the Greenville Area Development Corp. announced today.

Saint-Gobain Abrasives manufactures precision cutting wheels and parts for the aeronautics, metal working and related industries. 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.

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

The company will be consolidating a North Carolina operation to the Travelers Rest facility, adding both equipment and space to the current facility. Saint-Gobain Abrasives will break ground for the new building this month and expects to start adding equipment sometime in July.

O’Neal, Inc., a Greenville-based design and construction firm, been awarded the contract for the Saint-Gobain facility in Travelers Rest. O’Neal will provide design-build services for two building additions for new production equipment. The $1.4 million project will break ground this month and equipment will be added to the facility in July, O’Neal officials said.

“This announcement demonstrates Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ commitment to our state and the expansion of the company’s facility in Travelers Rest brings with it great potential for the future,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce. “Our state’s highly skilled workforce and commitment to maintaining an environment where businesses can prosper are critical, now more than ever, as we work to compete for capital, jobs and economic growth.”

The company also operates a manufacturing facility in North Charleston, has a joint venture in Fountain Inn and distribution offices in Conway, Hanahan and West Columbia.

“The company is a long-standing, high-quality corporate citizen of this community, and their growth in Travelers Rest will enhance this community while affirming that advanced manufacturing can indeed thrive in our state,” said Jo Hackl, chairwoman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, adding that a Carolina Investment Fund grant from Duke Energy was also instrumental in landing the expansion.

Saint-Gobain Abrasives is part of Saint-Gobain. Founded in 1665 and headquartered in Paris, Saint-Gobain had worldwide sales of $53 billion in 2009 and 190,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain employs approximately 19,000 people and had sales of $6.8 billion in 2009. In 2009 and 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named Saint-Gobain ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. For more information, please visit www.sgabrasives.com .