COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 3, 2012 – Boral Stone Products today announced plans to expand operations at its facility in Chester County. The $6 million investment is expected to generate three new jobs.
“Boral Stone Products has enjoyed a close, long-term relationship with the economic leaders of South Carolina and Chester County since opening our eastern manufacturing facility in 2001. We are committed to the region and are excited to implement improvements to the facility with this new investment. Boral has a companywide focus on innovation and safety and this investment provides us the opportunity to put in place both new safety and efficiency measures at the Chester plant,” said David Mariner, president of Boral Stone Products LLC.
Boral Stone Products makes its Cultured Stone® manufactured stone veneer products for interior and exterior residential and commercial applications at its Chester County facility. The company is adding equipment to expand the product line at its plant, located at 590 Ecology Lane. All work on the expansion is expected to be completed by June 2013.
“Boral’s decision to expand its presence in Chester County and commit to growing in South Carolina is another sign that our state’s business-friendly climate is helping existing companies prosper. Today’s announcement is also another win for one of our state’s rural areas,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $6.8 billion in capital investment and more than 16,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.
“South Carolina manufacturers continue to make investments in their plants, and that’s another sign that our manufacturing renaissance is gathering steam. These investments, like Boral’s today, help create wealth and new jobs that have impact,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
“The expansion at Boral gives us confidence that Chester County remains a ripe environment for existing businesses to expand and flourish. Chester County’s leadership continues to do what it takes to create a pro-business atmosphere that is proving to be attractive to our existing industrial partners. Congratulations Boral,” said Chester County Supervisor R. Carlisle Roddey.
“The expansion of the Boral Stone facility is evidence of a company that is an industry leader with a solid reputation choosing Chester County for this investment. Thank you, Boral Stone and congratulations to Chester County,” said Chester Development Association Chairman Mike Enoch.
About Boral Stone Products
On December 20, 2010, Owens Corning announced that it reached a definitive agreement with Boral Industries Inc. to enter into a joint venture with Owens Corning for its Masonry Products business. This includes the Cultured Stone®, ProStone® and Versetta Stone®branded product lines. Boral assumed operational control starting January 1, 2011. This brings together North America's #1 brand of brick and #1 brand of manufactured stone under the same ownership – a powerful combination.
About Boral USA
Headquartered in Roswell, Georgia, Boral USA is a leading manufacturer in the building material industry. Boral USA’s companies include Boral Bricks: #1 manufacturer of brick in the United States, Boral Roofing: the nation’s leading manufacturer of clay and concrete roof tiles, Boral Stone Products, manufacturer of Cultured Stone®: #1 Brand of manufactured stone veneer and Boral Composites Inc., manufacturer of Boral TruExterior® Trim: #1 Brand of poly-ash exterior trim products.