Shat-R-Shield Inc. hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on January 15, 2014 to celebrate the expansion of their manufacturing facility in Salisbury, N.C.

Many dignitaries from both the local and state levels were present, including Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson, Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell, County Commission Vice-Chairman Craig Pierce, Representatives Harry Warren and Carl Ford from the North Carolina House of Representatives, members of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce and RowanWORKS Economic Development.

The event included a light breakfast networking reception, a plant tour and a ceremony lead by Shat-R-Shield CEO Bob Nolan. Mayor Woodson and Vice-Chairman Pierce also shared a few congratulatory words.

Shat-R-Shield has been the leading manufacturer of safety-coated lamps and lighting products for over 40 years. As new product lines are introduced and the business grows at an impressive rate, the need for a facility expansion is imminent. Shat-R-Shield will be increasing the square footage of the current facility in Salisbury by 25 percent. 

"My father, Jim Nolan, first turned the lights on here in Salisbury exactly 25 years ago," said Nolan. "I know he would be proud to see how the business has evolved since 1989 as we continue to grow and strengthen the brand that he established."

"We are very fortunate that Shat-R-Shield is thriving and have an aggressive business plan to ensure that it continues to do so," said Karen Clouse, Shat-R-Shield president. "A building expansion is necessary for our company to perform to its maximum potential."

The new facility will include additional space for research and development, production, warehousing, shipping and office space. The expansion project is being managed by Star, N.C. based D.R. Reynolds Company, who has completed numerous construction projects throughout North Carolina.  The expansion is estimated to be complete and available for use by summer 2014.