B&W Fiberglass, Inc., an advanced materials manufacturer, is launching its first operations in South Carolina by acquiring a new facility in Greenville County. The company will be investing at least $5 million and creating 46 new jobs with this new development.
Founded in 1991, B&W Fiberglass is a global producer of advanced solutions focused on high-performance textiles and textile components. Over the last decade, the company's product offerings have evolved to encompass a myriad of fibers including, but not limited to, glass, aramid, basalt and thermoplastic fibers. B&W Fiberglass is focused on a multitude of end markets, encompassing automotive, aerospace, filtration media, medical devices, marine, thermal barriers, recreational equipment, personal protection and general industrial applications.
Located at 101 Slater Road in Slater, S.C., the company is acquiring an existing 450,000 square-foot weaving facility, which produces industrial fabrics used for construction and filtration media for industrial and commercial applications. The South Carolina operation will join seven other operating locations in North Carolina and the United Kingdom.
Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin immediately, and interested applicants should visit the company's website at www.bwfiberglass.com for more information.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $100,000 Set Aside grant to Greenville County to be used toward the costs of building upfit.
"I would like to thank Governor Haley, the State of South Carolina and Greenville County for their support during this process. It is not only our goal that textile manufacturing remains in Greenville County, but that it thrives. My family is committed to continually investing in this operation to ensure its viability long into the future. We will approach this opportunity with the same commitment to innovation, excellence, responsiveness to customer needs and quality products that we value at our core within the diverse industrial textile business we serve." -President of B&W Fiberglass Brent Beason
"The investment that B&W Fiberglass is making in the people of South Carolina represents a significant commitment to our state, and we couldn't be more grateful for that. The 46 new jobs this fantastic company is creating in Greenville will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and we look forward to seeing the impact it will have on the Upstate for a very long time." -Gov. Nikki Haley
"Congratulations to B&W Fiberglass for deciding to do business in South Carolina by launching their new operations in Greenville. With this announcement, B&W Fiberglass joins a community of globally respected manufacturing firms that operate here, and we look forward to watching them grow." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"The Slater/Marietta community is fortunate to have B&W Fiberglass. With the closing of JPS Slater and the 6.9% unemployment rate within the community, B&W Fiberglass is extending opportunities to the community, and Greenville County is grateful." -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor
FIVE FAST FACTS
- B&W Fiberglass, Inc. is establishing its first South Carolina operations in Greenville County.
- At least $5 million of ongoing investment to create 46 new jobs.
- B&W Fiberglass is a global producer of advanced solutions focused on high-performance textiles and textile components.
- The South Carolina operation will join seven other operating locations in North Carolina and the United Kingdom.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. In three of the last five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
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