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Italy’s SAATI plans Upstate advanced material plant

GSA Daily Staff Report
Published Aug. 18, 2010

SAATI Americas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of SAATI Group S.p.A., will locate a new U.S. composites and protection division and distribution operation in Greenville County, state and local officials said today.

The company’s advanced textiles and engineered materials are used in the aerospace, military, civilian law enforcement, healthcare, marine, automotive, wind turbine and niche industrial markets. Its composites and protection division produces advanced woven composite fabrics such as carbon and fiberglass for light-weight structural applications, as well as woven aramid fabrics, or Kevlar, for ballistic protection.

The company has acquired and plans to renovate a vacant 260,000-square-foot building at 201 Fairview Street Ext., Fountain Inn. The building was formerly owned by Kemet Electronics. Renovations will include installation of new production and research-and-development equipment. Milan, Italy-based SAATI’s investment is expected to generate more than 80 jobs within a few years, officials said.

“This expansion is a critical component of SAATI’s global corporate strategy and symbolizes our commitment to bring SAATI’s world-class engineered materials and technical support to structural composite and protective armor product manufacturers in the Americas,” said Alberto Novarese, president of SAATI Group S.p.A.

“Greenville County offers us a robust business environment and talented workforce to draw on, and Fountain Inn is a receptive community with a readily available building that is well-suited to our needs. We look forward to beginning operations in the Upstate, and thank Greenville County, the Greenville Area Development Corporation, the city of Fountain Inn, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce,” Novarese said.

S.C. Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor said SAATI Americas is a global leader in the advanced materials sector specializing in producing materials used in a wide range of applications from medical to ballistic protection.

“This announcement strengthens our state’s reputation as a leader in attracting advanced manufacturing,” Taylor said.

Saati is a 75-year-old, third-generation family owned business.

"Greenville County is pleased to welcome SAATI Americas to our impressive family of technologically advanced companies," said Butch Kirven, director for the Greenville Area Development Corp. and chairman of Greenville County Council. "As a leader in producing high quality textile and chemical products for the automotive, aviation, and advanced materials industries, they will provide good career opportunities for Greenville area citizens."

“SAATI is a global advanced textiles and engineered materials company that develops and manufactures materials for printing, micro-filtration, light-weight protective armor and structural advanced composite applications, and exactly the type of organization we want to attract to Greenville County,” said Jo Hackl, chair of the GADC.

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