9/6/10 – Saint-Gobain Abrasives Announces US Expansion
9 June 2010
Saint-Gobain Abrasives is to expand its operations at its Travelers Rest site within Greenville County,North Carolina. The company is expected to invest $1.4 million.
“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.
Saint-Gobain Abrasives manufactures a range of 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 (cBN) products used in precision manufacturing in the aerospace, automotive, bearing and other markets.
Saint-Gobain Abrasives is the world leader in the abrasives industry. The company manufactures and markets bonded, coated, superabrasives and thin wheels. Saint-Gobain Abrasives has manufacturing capabilities in 39 countries. Saint-Gobain Abrasives is part of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest supplier of building materials, and is a leader in the production of high-performance materials and glass containers.
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.