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Owner of JPS Composite Materials says Slater plant not closing Sept. 30

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The company that owns JPS Composite Materials has no timetable for its effort to sell the 103-employee plant in north Greenville County, despite a state layoff notice that shows the plant will close Sept. 30, a spokesman said. Handy & Harman Ltd. spokesman Roger Pondel said there is “good progress” in discussions to sell the former JP Stevens Slater plant.

Pondel said the federally required, S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce-filed notice that shows the plant will close Sept. 30 “is not a pending date for closing the plant.” He said the notice has created “confusion.”

“The company is actively engaged in discussions to sell the plant,” Pondel said. “That is their mission, and the desire and intent is to complete a transaction rather than close the plant down.”

Pondel said the JPS Composite Materials’ plants in Anderson and Statesville, N.C. are not for sale. JPS Composite materials includes the legacy Clark-Schwebel and JPS Industrial fabrics/JPS Glass operations, the company website says.

Selling the plant at Slater is “based entirely on a business decision to focus on certain of the company’s core competencies in aerospace and engineered industrial products,” Pondel said. He said the Slater plant focus is “industrial products but it is for filtration and building product sectors.”

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August 07, 2018

I am sorry to learn that the Slater plant, where my deceased husband was a 2nd. shift supervisor for so many years, is considering selling or closing the plant. In 1959, after we were married, we lived on the Mill Village for awhile. My oldest son was born while we lived there. JPS was good to my family, in that through them we had a good income that enabled us to give our children a Christian education at Tabernacle Baptist Church, in Greenville, SC. They grew up enjoying the Christmas parties and the gifts that were given to us. When my husband passed away, in 2012, the church was filled with loyal employees that came to his funeral. I am sure that those who work there will not want to see the plant close down, after all it has been a part of their lives for many years. Jean Coggins (wife of Robert L. Coggins, SR.)