South Carolina’s Top Manufacturers Named at 2013 Salute to Manufacturing
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Will expand its sustainability efforts
“It is Southern Weaving’s desire to minimize the social and environmental impacts and risks associated with its products and services,” Mohling said. “All managers are expected to minimize these impacts by monitoring key performance indicators and making improvements where possible. The Company is committed to reducing the environmental impact (for example, carbon footprint and waste reduction) and ensuring corporate responsibility, sustainability, and cooperation with our communities.”
Southern Weaving has developed a recycling program, which includes the following elements:
- Production waste is sold to a textile waste recycling company, re-melted, and resold to yarn manufacturers
- Cardboard and paper, including office printer paper is collected and sold to an established recycling company that handles paper exclusively. Waste paper, cardboard, and yarn cores are ground and sold as raw material for various recycled paper manufacturers.
- Beginning the first of this year, waste pallets and wood scrap are being stacked and picked up as raw materials for a company specializing in making new pallets from old ones. Any leftover wood scrap is ground and sold as mulch.
- Scrap steel is collected in a satellite location and hauled by a scrap dealer who sorts it and delivers it to foundries for reprocessing into raw ore.
- Waste machine lubricants and printing inks are picked up and transported by a handler specializing in chemical waste. Once collected, inks and lubricants are delivered to a recycling center where they are re-blended into useable fuel for processes requiring high temperatures such as foundries and cement kilns.
- All universal waste, such as fluorescent lamps and ballasts, is 100% recycled.
- Aluminum cans are also recycled by employee volunteers.
- Southern Weaving’s transports all waters through a closed sewer system. Only storm water runoff is permitted to exit the property and enter the surrounding environment untreated. Lab analysis of the storm water runoff has indicated that it is well below established pollutant limit set forth by the state.
Southern Weaving has made significant capital investments in retooling existing machinery to improve production efficiency and to become more energy efficient. The company has achieved numerous awards for environmental compliance, and will continue to focus on strengthening its sustainability efforts. Joey Griffin, Sr. Director of Operations, recently attended Furman University to complete a Post Graduate Diploma on Corporate Sustainability
Southern Weaving has been in business since 1924 and has led the launch of technical textiles into many arenas, from brakepads for the Model T Ford, to composite layers for the shell of inflatable space structures. Its operation includes manufacturing facilities in Greenville, S.C., Anderson, S.C., and Collingwood, Ontario Canada. The company makes performance webbing that serves various markets such as industrial slings, fall protection body harnesses, sporting equipment, and hydraulic hose sleeves.
For more information, contact Sr. Dir. Of Operations, Joey Griffin
Alternate phone: 864-233-1635
SOUTHERN WEAVING named a 2013 finalist for the Silver Crescent Award
11 named finalists based on world-class manufacturing performance;
tickets now on sale to attend Salute To Manufacturing luncheon
SOUTH CAROLINA, January 10, 2013 – Eleven finalist companies from across South Carolina will compete for top honors in the 2013 Silver Crescent Awards for Manufacturing Excellence, the acclaimed annual program which recognizes the achievements and contributions of South Carolina’s top manufacturers. Winners will be announced March 21st at a recognition luncheon in Greenville, and a limited number of tickets and tables of eight are now available.
Now in its eleventh year, the Silver Crescent Award is the most prestigious award that a South Carolina manufacturer can receive. Presented annually by the Silver Crescent Foundation, its partners and the statewide manufacturing Community, the Award recognizes the most excellent small, medium and large manufacturing operations demonstrating superior performance in 7 Crescents of Excellence -- citizenship, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, environmental stewardship, innovation, financial performance and commitment to longevity in South Carolina.
Named as finalists for honors in the 2013 competition are:
Large Manufacturer Finalists (500+ employees)
BMW Manufacturing Co., Spartanburg
Boeing, North Charleston
Itron, West Union
Nucor Steel, Mt. Pleasant
Mid-Sized Manufacturer Finalists (200-499 employees)
Aaron Industries, Inc., Clinton
Shaw Industries – Plant 8T, Central
Southern Weaving, Greenville
Small Manufacturer Finalists (199 or less employees)
Cytec Industries, Inc., North Augusta
Holcim (US) Inc., Holly Hill
PropertyBoss Solutions, Greenville
Spartanburg Meat Processing Co., Inc., Spartanburg
“Our evaluation system scrutinized every nominee’s application closely for performance in all seven Crescents of Excellence,” said Tony Smith, president of the Silver Crescent Foundation, which annually bestows the awards. “Our goal is to recognize the best of the best in South Carolina manufacturing – whether large, medium or small in company size – and these 11 finalists represent the very best our state has to offer.”
A national panel of expert judges is currently reviewing the finalists’ applications to determine winners, Smith added. All finalist companies will be recognized, and category winners announced, on March 21, 2013 at the Salute To Manufacturing Awards Luncheon at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Awards will be presented in the Small, Midsized and Large Manufacturer Categories. A private best-practices forum will precede the luncheon.
Presented annually by The Silver Crescent Foundation, the 2013 Silver Crescent Awards are co-sponsored by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) and by SC Biz News, LLC. Sponsorship opportunities remain available for both the awards luncheon and best-practices forum.
Tickets to the luncheon are $50 per person, and are available online at www.silvercrescentsc.org/donate or from program administrator Sharon Halsey at (803) 657-6183. Sponsorship packages inclusive of tickets are also available. Seating is limited, and interested attendees are encouraged to secure their tickets immediately.
“We encourage as many manufacturers, as well as suppliers-partners to manufacturers, to attend the luncheon program and mix and mingle with our state’s top manufacturing executives,” said Smith. “By being in attendance, they will benefit from networking with top manufacturing executives, and learn some of the innovative programs and capabilities of the state’s leading manufacturers. It’s a great opportunity for Palmetto State businesses.”
To learn more about the Silver Crescent Awards and the Salute to Manufacturing Luncheon, visit www.SaluteToManufacturing.org or contact Sharon Halsey at (803) 657-6183.
SOUTHERN WEAVING ACQUIRES BURLAN’S INDUSTRIAL BELT BUSINESS
Greenville, S.C.-August 24, 2012 - CEO Ron Mohling announced today that Greenville-based Southern Weaving Company, manufacturer of performance webbing, rope, and sleeving, has expanded its manufacturing operation through the acquisition of the industrial belt business from Burlan Corporation in Gastonia, N.C. Southern Weaving, already a market leader in woven belts, will further strengthen its position in the lead-acid battery market with the acquisition.
"The industrial belt market has been a core business for us for many years and we will now have additional capacity to grow our customer base”, Mohling said. Mohling indicated that the company is already underway with relocating the assets to its Anderson, S.C. plant, managed by Darryl King.
Southern Weaving has been in business since 1924 and has led the launch of technical textiles into many arenas, from brakepads for the Model T Ford, to composite layers for the shell of inflatable space structures. Its operation includes manufacturing facilities in Greenville, S.C., Anderson, S.C., and Collingwood Canada. The company makes performance webbing that serves various markets such as industrial slings, fall protection body harnesses, sporting equipment, and hydraulic hose sleeves.
For more information, contact CEO Ron Mohling. Phone: 864-672-2383
Alternate phone: 864-233-1635
SOUTHERN WEAVING PLAYS ROLE IN SPACE SHUTTLE INSTALLATION
JUNE 7, 2012 - Southern Weaving Company, producer of covers for SlingMax® rigging slings, played a vital role in the installation of the Space Shuttle in its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City. Southern Weaving's round sling material was used in the slings that lifted the Enterprise from the barge it rode up the Hudson River, and placed it on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid.The top rigging, going to the crane hook, is Twin-Path® slings made by I&I Slings' Massachusetts branch, with Southern Weaving sling webbing material.
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SC CHAMBER HONORS SOUTHERN WEAVING WITH SAFETY AWARDS
Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce honored more than 600 company locations during the 2011 Safety Awards luncheon March 14. The ceremony in Columbia was presented by McNair Law Firm, P.A.
Safety Award winners represented companies across South Carolina that have made workplace safety a priority. The Safety Awards are given based on companies achieving a commendable lost workday case rate during 2011.
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SOUTHERN WEAVING ACQUIRES CHICAGO-BASED JONES PRODUCTS
Greenville, S.C.-September 2, 2011- CEO Ron Mohling announced today that Greenville-based Southern Weaving Company, manufacturer of narrow webbing, has expanded its manufacturing capabilities through the acquisition of Jones Products, a company specializing in coatings for webbing. This purchase will give Southern Weaving the ability to add value to its products. Coatings can enhance the performance of webbing, making it more abrasion-resistant, durable, waterproof, and cleanable, among other characteristics.
"The former Jones Products has actually been a valued Southern Weaving customer for many years, and we are pleased to combine forces with them to offer the market coated webbing," Mohling said. Mohling indicated that, within the next few months, the equipment will be transitioned from the Chicago area to Southern Weaving's Anderson, South Carolina facility. Darryl King, Anderson plant manager, will lead the transition team. Some key personnel from the former Jones Products will relocate to South Carolina, and Southern Weaving anticipates adding up to six new employees as the coating business grows.
Southern Weaving has been in business since 1924 and has led the launch of technical textiles into many arenas, from brakepads for the Model T Ford, to composite layers for the shell of inflatable space structures. Its operation includes manufacturing facilities in Greenville, S.C., Anderson, S.C., and Collingwood Canada. The company makes narrow webbing that serves various markets such as industrial slings, fall protection body harnesses, sporting equipment, and hydraulic hose sleeves. The coating capability will add value in those current markets, and allow Southern Weaving to enter some new markets.
For more information, contact CEO Ron Mohling.
Alternate phone: 864-233-1635
SOUTHERN WEAVING COMPANY IS FEATURED IN "WIRE ROPE NEWS" MAGAZINE
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SOUTHERN WEAVING EXPANDS MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS AND WORKFORCE IN GREENVILLE COUNTY
$1.5 million capital investment, addition of jobs strengthens company’s position in industrial woven products industry
Greenville County, S.C. – June 30, 2010 – Southern Weaving Company CEO Ron Mohling and the Greenville Area Development Corporation today announced the company’s investment and expansion at its Greenville, S.C. manufacturing facility, including an estimated $1.5 million capital investment by the company, and the relocation or addition of about 20 positions to Greenville this summer.
Southern Weaving Company specializes in the design, development and manufacture of industrial woven products including nylon, cotton and polyester webbing. The material produced by Southern Weaving is primarily used for cargo restraints, safety harnesses, sling webs, and hydraulic hose sleeves and other containment applications. The company is also a leading supplier of cotton transfer belts, serving the domestic and international markets including China.
“This initiative, already underway, will improve and expand our manufacturing capabilities and efficiencies in Greenville County,” said Mark Isbell, Vice President of Operations for Southern Weaving. “It will expand our capacity to serve customers globally as economic conditions continue their rebound over the next several years.”
The expanded Greenville facility, located at 1005 West Bramlett Road, will benefit from the addition of equipment and talent from Southern Weaving’s ISO 9001:2000 certified Easley facility that is being consolidated into the Greenville operation, Isbell noted. “We are currently in process of relocating those employees and equipment from Easley to Greenville, which will provide improved efficiency and productivity for both our operations and our customers,” he added.
The expansion, expected to be fully complete in July, will leave Southern Weaving Company facilities in Anderson, SC and in Ontario, Canada, in addition to the expanded Greenville operations. Southern Weaving currently employs in excess of 175 associates in all locations, including over 160 in South Carolina. Even though most of the recent positions have been filled with associates transferring to the Greenville facility, the Company anticipates gradual hiring over the next several months as the economic recovery continues. Persons interested in job opportunities should visit the local employment office for more information or submit their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Southern Weaving would like to thank Greenville County and the Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) for their support in helping plan and execute this effort,” Isbell added. “The GADC was particularly instrumental in helping us realize the value of investing and growing our organization within Greenville County.”
Founded in Greenville in 1924, Southern Weaving Company has a long and storied history, and an even-brighter future, noted Rick Guarnaccia, VP of Sales and Marketing. “From cotton webbings used by Ford Motor Company in Model-T’s to military tapes during World War II, and seat belt webbing in 1950s-era automobiles to our current line-up of high strength narrow fabrics used for engineered specialty applications, Southern Weaving has continued to change proactively by serving our customer base with superior products and service. This initiative is another important step for our organization, and we’re happy to take that step right here in Greenville County.”
“Southern Weaving Company is a market leader in the production of industrial webbing. We’re delighted that they have selected Greenville County for this expansion,” said Jo Hackl, Chairperson of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. “As a home-grown manufacturer with innovative processes, an expansive customer base, and a history of success, the company is a valued member of our business community, and a reaffirmation that specialty manufacturing can thrive and succeed in South Carolina.”