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Southern Weaving celebrates NAHAD's 30th anniversary


Southern Weaving's hose group gathered in front of our hose looms to capture a celebratory photo in honor of NAHAD's 30th anniversary. Southern Weaving has long been a member of the National Association for Hose and Accessory Distribution and regularly participates in NAHAD's events. Happy 30th anniversary to a wonderful business partner!


SOUTHERN WEAVING LAUNCHES NEW BURSTGARD™ SLEEVING PRODUCT

Ultra dense, two layer sleeve protects people and equipment from the dangers of hydraulic hose bursts.

Greenville, S.C.-February 11, 2014 -CEO Ron Mohling announced today that Greenville-based Southern Weaving Company, manufacturer of narrow webbing, woven rope, belting, sleeving, and coated products has expanded its tubular webbing offering through the launch of BurstGard™ sleeving.   BurstGard sleeves are densely woven, double-layered sleeves, that are applied over hydraulic hoses or other high pressure hoses to control and diffuse any bursts that may occur, protecting both people and equipment in the work environment.  The BurstGard sleeve can minimize the effects of a burst hose, withstanding high pressure hydraulic fluids up to 13,000 PSI.

"When a hydraulic hose bursts, even if it's just a pinhole leak, nearby workers can suffer catastrophic injuries or even death," Mohling said. "Safety products are our heritage," Mohling said, "and we are proud to be able to offer BurstGard sleeves as another potentially life-saving product from Southern Weaving."  Mohling indicated that BurstGard is being produced at the company's Greenville, S.C. facility, in an ISO certified process. With the launch of BurstGard, Southern Weaving has also re-branded its standard sleeves, previously called WovTex™.  The light-duty abrasion sleeve, and the heavy-duty abrasion sleeve, both staples in the industry for decades, are now re-branded as LightGard™ and HeavyGard™ sleeving.  New BurstGard completes the family of products, offering the highest level of burst protection and abrasion resistance of the three.  A product demonstration can be seen on Youtube.com, using the QR code below.

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., and Anderson, S.C., with an international distribution network.  The company makes narrow webbing that serves various markets such as industrial slings, fall protection body harnesses, sporting equipment, coated straps, battery belts, and hydraulic hose sleeves.

For more information, contact CEO Ron Mohling.
Phone: 864-672-2383
Alternate phone: 864-233-1635
Fax: 864-770-6483
Email: ron.mohling@southernweaving.com






South Carolina’s Top Manufacturers Named at 2013 Salute to Manufacturing



Nucor Steel, Cytec Industries and Southern Weaving honored with 2013 Top Awards;

Boeing South Carolina executive Jack Jones addresses full house


SOUTH CAROLINA, March 21, 2013
– Eleven finalist companies were honored and three winners named as 2013 recipients of the prestigious Silver Crescent Award for Manufacturing Excellence today in front of a full house of industry leaders at the seventeenth annual Salute to Manufacturing at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.

Honored with 2013 Silver Crescent Awards for Manufacturing Excellence were Small Manufacturer Cytec Industries of Aiken County, Midsized Manufacturer Southern Weaving of Greenville, and Large Manufacturer Nucor Steel of Mount Pleasant.

The awards luncheon was attended by more than 300 business executives, community and political leaders, and manufacturing industry representatives from across South Carolina and the Southeast. Honorees were chosen from a statewide slate of finalist companies nominated for superior performance in 7 Crescents of Excellence -- Financial Performance, Customer Satisfaction, Employee Engagement, Citizenship, Innovation, Environmental Stewardship and Longevity Plan for South Carolina.  A national panel of independent, expert judges reviewed all applications to select finalists and determine winners.

The Awards Luncheon was preceded by a standing-room-only  Best Practices Forum, featuring presentations by senior industry executives including Brian McSharry of Sage Automotive; Fran Jones and John Stewart of Bridgestone Americas; Bryan Dods of GE Power & Water; Pam Bedenbaugh of Cox Industries; and Fred Dedrick, Executive Director of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Boeing South Carolina Vice President and General Manager Jack Jones, the executive with overall leadership responsibility for Boeing’s 6,000-employee South Carolina operations and 787 Dreamliner facilities in North Charleston,  keynoted the affair, saluting the eleven finalist companies from across South Carolina for their achievements and contributions to South Carolina’s manufacturing industry and quality of life.  He cited South Carolina's strong commitment to nurturing and attracting innovative manufacturers of all types and sizes to the Palmetto State as a key reason that Boeing itself had made its game-changing commitment to the Palmetto State.

The Silver Crescent Award was established by the Silver Crescent Foundation to honor outstanding small, midsized and large manufacturers from across South Carolina, and to promote awareness of the importance of manufacturing to our standard of living and quality of life in the Palmetto State. The Silver Crescent Foundation's mission is to increase awareness of the importance of manufacturing among the public by promoting manufacturing vitality and advancing career opportunities in South Carolina.

The Small Manufacturer winner, representing companies with fewer than 200 employees, is Cytec Industries, a global specialty chemical and materials company serving the aerospace and automotive markets.  Located at two facilities in Langley and North Augusta, Cytec employs a total of 135 people.  Among its noteworthy accomplishments, Cytec was cited for its nationally admired emphasis on real-time plant performance measurement, allowing immediate input, decision-making and corrective action to enhance productivity, and for taking a proactive role in introducing middle and high school students to career options in chemical manufacturing.

In the Midsized Manufacturer category (200 – 499 employees), Southern Weaving of Greenville was named the 2013 winner.  The company employs 212 people, designing and producing innovative high-tensile narrow fabrics used in cargo restraint, safety protection, lifting and other specialty arenas.  Southern Weaving, which has increased its employee base by more than 25% in the last two years through a commitment to research and technology, was noted for its creative partnerships with such community organizations as Greenville Technical College, Furman University, SC Works, ReadySC, SCMEP, and Personal Pathways to Success.

In a highly competitive Large Manufacturer category, Nucor Steel of Mount Pleasant was 2013 winner for manufacturers with 500+ employees, nudging out finalists Boeing South Carolina, BMW Manufacturing and Itron.  As South Carolina’s largest recycler, recycling over 2 million tons of steel in 2012, Nucor is among the most energy-efficient steel companies in the world.  Nucor was cited for consistently outperforming global competitors on safety, cost, energy efficiency and innovation metrics -- all while maintaining employee retention rates exceeding 98%.

Other finalists for honors included:

o    Aaron Industries, Inc., Clinton
o    BMW Manufacturing Co., Spartanburg
o    Boeing, North Charleston
o    Holcim (US) Inc., Holly Hill
o    Itron, West Union
o    PropertyBoss Solutions, Greenville
o    Shaw Industries – Plant 8T, Central
o    Spartanburg Meat Processing Co., Inc., Spartanburg

The 2013 Silver Crescent Awards are co-sponsored by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), by Scott and Company CPAs, and by SC Biz News, LLC.

“We are excited to honor the accomplishments of all of the finalist companies, and in particular to salute our three 2013 Silver Crescent Award winners,” Mike Rose, Vice Chairman of The Silver Crescent Foundation.  “Jack Jones’ comments about the importance of manufacturing to South Carolina's long-term prosperity are right on target and much appreciated, and we are gratified to draw such an outstanding collection of leaders from industry, government and the private sector to the 2013 event.”
To learn more about the Silver Crescent Awards and the Salute to Manufacturing program, visit www.SaluteToManufacturing.org or contact Sharon Halsey at (803) 657-6183.


 
SOUTHERN WEAVING focuses on environmental stewardship

 

 

 

Will expand its sustainability efforts 

 

 
Greenville, S.C.-January 14, 2013 - CEO Ron Mohling announced today that Greenville-based Southern Weaving Company, manufacturer of performance webbing, rope, and sleeving, has intensified its efforts in environmental stewardship.

“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
Phone: 800-849-8962
Alternate phone: 864-233-1635
Fax: 864-770-6483
Email: joey.griffin@southernweaving.com

 


SOUTHERN WEAVING named a 2013 finalist for the Silver Crescent Award


Manufacturers from Across South Carolina Vie for Top Honors in State’s Most Prestigious Manufacturing Competition

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


Will expand its capacity to serve the lead-acid battery market


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
Fax: 864-770-6483
Email: ron.mohling@southernweaving.com

 


 
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.
 

See the Reuters video coverage here (No Commentary)

 


 

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.

For the complete story go HERE.



SOUTHERN WEAVING ACQUIRES CHICAGO-BASED JONES PRODUCTS


Will Relocate the Coatings Company to Anderson, South Carolina

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.

Phone: 864-672-2383

Alternate phone: 864-233-1635

Fax: 864-770-6483

Email: ron.mohling@southernweaving.com

 

 


SOUTHERN WEAVING COMPANY IS FEATURED IN "WIRE ROPE NEWS" MAGAZINE


Download the Article and read it here!!

 


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 jobs@southernweaving.com.

“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.”