26/5/10 – Saint-Gobain Abrasives Announces Proposed Closure of US Plant
26 May 2010
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has announced that it will close its Arden manufacturing plant and transfer production to its facility in Travelers Rest, S.C., according to a news release from the Worcester, Mass., company. The Arden plant employs 39 people, most of whom are expected to transfer to Travelers Rest, according to the company. The Arden plant makes abrasive products called dressing tools that are used in the aerospace, automotive and bearing markets.
The closure is expected to be completed by the end of the year. “This was a difficult decision but necessary due to the current economic situation. We can no longer delay this consolidation in order to strengthen the company’s overall competitive position,” said Robert N. Smith, general manager for the company’s industrial superabrasives sector in North America.