STOCKHOLM—Two Trelleborg A.B. business units are making major inroads on separate fronts in the U.S. market.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems is planning to expand its growing operation with the addition of its first manufacturing complex on U.S. soil dedicated to the production of agricultural tires. The facility, located in Spartanburg, S.C., presently produces coated fabrics used to make aircraft slides for the aerospace industry. It also houses a finishing department for printing blankets.
The firm will invest about $50 million to refurbish and expand the Spartanburg factory to about 430,500 square feet, a spokeswoman for Stockholm-based Trelleborg A.B. said. In addition, it will purchase new tire making machinery and add a work force of up to 150 by 2018.
To create room for agricultural tire production, the company plans to relocate the coated fabrics manufacturing operation to its Rutherfordton, N.C., facility and the printing blankets finishing department to its Morristown, Tenn., site, she said, adding that both plants have capabilities and capacities to support the moves.
Once those segments are moved, she added, the Spartanburg factory will be devoted strictly to agricultural tires.
Meanwhile, Trelleborg Marine Systems plans to enhance its manufacturing capabilities significantly in the U.S. with the addition of a new foam-based marine fender and buoy plant in Berryville, Va.
It will close its existing fender and buoy factory in Clear Brook, Va., and move production and employees to the new state-of-the-art location.
Construction of the new plant in Berryville has begun, according to a Marine Systems spokeswoman. The facility is expected to be completed at the end of the year.