The folks at Shat-R-Shield, Inc., Salisbury, N.C., makers of safety coated lamps, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 15 to celebrate the expansion of their manufacturing facility in Salisbury. Shat-R-Shield will be increasing the square footage of the current facility in Salisbury by 25%.

The event included a light breakfast networking reception, a plant tour and a ceremony lead by Shat-R-Shield CEO Bob Nolan (first on left). 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 NC House of Representatives, members of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce and RowanWORKS Economic Development.

“My father, Jim Nolan, first turned the lights on here in Salisbury exactly 25 years ago,” said Bob Nolan, CEO of Shat-R-Shield. “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.”

The new facility will include additional space for research and development, production, warehousing, shipping and office space. The expansion is expected to be complete and available for use this summer. Karen Clouse, company president, is also in the photo (third from left), along with local officials and dignitaries.