Radiac Abrasives Plant Manager Jim Baylis says the overall goal of the Salem facility is to continue to grow. He told the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon Thursday they are on an upward trend and expect a lot of growth over the next few years.
Right now the Salem plant is working on a project for an Italian company that could result in more overseas business. Baylis notes despite all the technology, industries still have to relay on abrasive wheels that have been made since the 1800's to smooth surfaces.
Baylis reported the company has installed equipment to reburn emissions from the plant to eliminate the odor that Radiac had become known for over the years. Baylis says another three-million dollars in improvements to the plant are also being planned by their parent company Tyrolit. They use about a third of all the natural gas in the city of Salem.
The Austrian company purchased Radiac in 2009. It is the largest of four plants they own, with 235 employees. The Salem plant currently has 191-thousand square feet of manufacturing space, 16-thousand square feet of office space and 34-thousand square feet of warehousing space.