Materials Sciences Corp. Plans Greenville County, South Carolina, Manufacturing Facility
Area Development Online News Desk (11/26/2013)
Materials Sciences Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of composite materials and structures for government and industry, will invest $1 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Greenville County, South Carolina, creating 23 new jobs.
Based in Horsham, Pennsylvania, MSC was established in 1970 as an engineering services organization providing research, design, analysis, testing and prototyping of composite materials. The company’s proprietary technologies allow MSC to develop custom composite materials for clients in the defense, commercial, energy and recreation sectors.
MSC purchased and will renovate and upfit approximately 13,000 square feet of space in a former textile manufacturing facility located near to SC-TAC at 102 Augusta Arbor Way. Positions to be filled include experienced loom technicians, advanced materials engineers, project managers, CNC and computer-controlled cutter operators, quality assurance personnel, plus sales, marketing and administrative support roles.
“Our mission is to continuously develop, test, improve and manufacture advanced materials that can be transferred into military and industrial applications of high value,” said MSC’s president and CEO Tom Cassin. “After an extensive site search, we are pleased to expand our engineering, research and manufacturing operations to Greenville County, and appreciate the support and leadership of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and all who assisted in making this advancement a reality.”
“South Carolina has established itself as a leader in advanced materials manufacturing and announcements like this one show that our state is ideal for research and engineering-driven investment,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We celebrate Materials Sciences Corporation selecting Greenville County for their new facility and creating 23 new jobs.”
“Our state is primed to support further innovation in the area of composites,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, referring to the 111,000-square-foot Advanced Materials Research Laboratory at Clemson and the Heterogeneous, Multi-scale and Multi-functional Composites Lab at the University of South Carolina. “South Carolina today is home to more than 20 companies that are leading the advancement of materials used by a variety of industries, whether defense, automotive or aerospace. We welcome Materials Sciences Corporation to the Palmetto State.”
MSC’s interest in the Upstate grew partially from its long-standing working relationship with Clemson University through involvement in the Small Business Technology Transfer program, which provides federal funding for innovative research, state officials said. MSC also has developed a close working relationship with the South Carolina Research Authority’s Composites Consortium.
“Materials Sciences Corp. is an outstanding example of a company that is using world-class technology, performance-based processes and a mix of local and national talent to grow and succeed,” said Dr. Bob Taylor, Board Member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and Chairman of Greenville County Council. “This is a technology-driven business with an entrepreneurial energy, and will be a great addition to the business community here in Greenville County.”