57 jobs saved at Slater Mill, 46 more to be added

SLATER, S.C. — A manufacturing company has purchased Slater Mill, saving 57 jobs and promising to add 46 more in the future, it was announced on Tuesday.

B&W Fiberglass, Inc., an advanced materials manufacturer, said they will be investing at least $5 million in the 450,000 square foot plant.

Earlier this year, JPS Composite Materials said it would be closing the facility, which has been in operation for nearly 90 years, if they could not find a buyer.

"It is not only our goal that textile manufacturing remains in Greenville County, but that it thrives," said Brent Beason, president of B&W Fiberglass.
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 glass, aramid, basalt and thermoplastic fibers. B&W Fiberglass products are components in a variety of end markets, including automotive, aerospace, filtration media, medical devices, marine, thermal barriers, recreational equipment, personal protection and general industrial applications.

The Slater facility will be B&Ws first operations in South Carolina. It 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.