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Porcher Industries subsidiary BGF Industries is planning to invest US$7 million to relocate its US headquarters and research and development activities from Greensboro, North Carolina, to the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
In early 2019, the company will construct a 2,320 m2 purpose-built facility at Cyber Park, owned by the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Industrial Facility Authority. The move will create 65 new positions.
Porcher Industries has transformed from a regionally-organised group to a global company that meets the needs of the global marketplace in which it operates. The investment in new US headquarters and an advanced technology centre is a key component of this global growth that will allow improved support and service to the company’s customers. The move follows BGF Industries’ acquisition of a 13,375 m2 manufacturing plant in Virginia last year and reinforces Porcher’s commitment to the US market.
ʺEverything Porcher Industries does is aimed at continuing to offer our customers the most innovative products, and a high level of support and service,” comments Porcher Industries CEO and Chairman André Genton. ʺA large part of this is our ongoing research and development, into which we invest over US$9 million a year as a group. The brand new, purpose-built facility in Virginia will work collaboratively with our France-based R&D centre to build on the 200 patents we already hold, and support our global customers and projects.”
BGF Industries, operating as Burlington Glass Fabrics, was one of the first US-based weavers of fibreglass textiles in 1941, and became a subsidiary of the Porcher Industries Group in 1988. Its technical textiles and advanced composite materials are now used in aerospace, construction, automotive, electrical, filtration, insulation and protection applications. BGF Industries currently employs over 750 people across six sites.
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