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Augusta Fiberglass
www.augustafiberglass.com /HQ: Blackville, S.C. / Employees: 200+ / John W. Boyd, founder and president: "We have grown and succeeded because we follow the American Dream."

South

Quality Control

augusta fiberglass is a master at designing and creating
fiberglass vessels large and small. by jim harris

augusta fiberglass employs
more than 200 employees in
its 200-acre manufacturing
site in blackville, s.c.

Augusta Fiberglass' ability to meet
its customers' needs, no matter how
large or complicated, makes it a leader
in the fiberglass fabrication industry.
"Our attention to safety, world-class
engineering, modern fabrication techniques and employee relations set us
apart," the Blackville, S.C.-based manufacturer says.
One of Augusta Fiberglass' recent
clients experienced its capabilities
first-hand when it contracted the
company to demolish and replace
large diameter metal ducts with fiberglass in a Florida power plant.
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Augusta Fiberglass considered fabricating the ducts - which needed to
be 16 to 20 feet in diameter - at the
customer's facility, but found that
idea infeasible, the company says.
Instead, the company and its sister company B&D Plastics produced
duct sections, elbows and expansion
joints at their facilities in Blackville
and Ocean Springs, Miss. Augusta Fiberglass transported the sections to
a dock at the B&D facility and used
ocean-going barges to ship the ducts,
elbows and joints across the Gulf of
Mexico from Mississippi to Florida.

Augusta Fiberglass also supervised the complicated work of a
subcontractor that removed the existing metal ducts and saddles. The
replacement steel saddles that would
be used to support the new Fiberglass duct were designed by Augusta
Fiberglass engineers using finite element analysis and other advanced
engineering techniques.
These saddles were fabricated by
one of the metal fabrication vendors
who regularly assist Augusta Fiberglass in its work.
"We brought our full engineering


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