ATLANTA—SAF, a global metals distributor, fabricator, and finisher, is expanding its capacity and capabilities with the opening of a new manufacturing location in Temple, Texas. The 60,000-square-foot facility will specialize in metal fabrication and distribution, including the manufacturing of panel systems and extrusions, custom metal fabrication, and sheet distribution, SAF said in a release.

The new facility expands the company’s U.S. footprint, which also includes facilities in Atlanta and Villa Rica, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Redding, California. As it commences operations in Texas, SAF plans to hire up to 10 employees in various roles. The plant may eventually employ up to 50 people in the coming years, according to the release.

SAF credited Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC), a nonprofit organization that works closely with local, regional, and state partners to assist with business expansion and relocation in Temple, with helping select the location for its new facility.

“Our new Texas location was chosen for strategic reasons and is part of SAF’s ongoing commitment to more efficiently and effectively serve our customers,” said Penn McClatchey, CEO of SAF, in the release. “We’ve done business in the Lone Star State and the surrounding region for some time, so it was only natural for us to plant our flag there. With our new facility, we’re geographically closer to our customers, which means we can get product to them even more quickly than before.”

Temple EDC works with companies that seek to move to the region by gathering detailed business cost and economic data and securing competitive incentives for qualifying projects.

“We are excited to welcome SAF to Temple, where the company will join a growing roster of manufacturing companies that select Temple for their operations,” said Adrian Cannady, president and CEO of Temple Economic Development Corporation, in the release.

In Temple, SAF will tap into a workforce that is skilled in manufacturing and fabrication. Temple has historically offered a high level of expertise in precision products, specifically in the metal fabrication sector. With eight local colleges and universities offering certificate programs and degrees in manufacturing-focused academic disciplinary tracks, Temple boasts a highly talented labor pool, according to the release.

As part of the expansion, SAF has promoted from within to fill key leadership roles at its Texas branch. Wayne Sharp has been promoted to general manager of the new location. Previously based in Atlanta, Sharp most recently served as account manager and has been with the company for nearly 20 years. In addition, Patrick Russ has been promoted to fabrication supervisor of the new Temple manufacturing facility. Russ has been with SAF for six years and most recently served as assistant supervisor at SAF West in Redding, California, SAF said in the release.

“Wayne and Patrick possess the expertise, leadership skills, and institutional knowledge about SAF to effectively lead the charge at our new facility,” McClatchey said in the release. “We are eager to showcase our newest location at the upcoming grand opening and are pleased to leave the management of the facility in very capable hands with these two SAF veterans.”

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