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DIRTT opens South Carolina plant

DIRTT opens South Carolina plant
DIRTT—A robotic arm assist in construction material production at a DIRTT plant in South Carolina.

ROCK HILL, S.C.—Alberta-based DIRTT Environmental Solutions has a new southern location in the U.S.

The high-tech interior construction company announced the opening of its newest manufacturing plant located in Rock Hill, S.C. The company’s other manufacturing facilities are located in Phoenix, Ariz., Savannah, Ga., and Calgary, Alta.

In a press release, company officials noted that as the U.S. begins to emerge from the pandemic, businesses are reactivating and accelerating new and previously paused construction projects but with more of a focus on adaptability and resiliency.

“Organizations need their spaces built and operational quickly, and with minimal disruptions,” said Kevin O’Meara, DIRTT’s CEO, in the release. “Reducing risk around schedule, budget and resource availability, and the ability to scale quickly are key factors driving construction decisions today. Our state-of-the-art Rock Hill facility allows us to meet customers’ growing needs, with additional capacity by leveraging the latest in automation and robotics.”

The $18-million facility operates in a leased, custom-built 130,000-square-foot building and is expandable to 260,000 square feet to support future growth. The plant is designed to maximize manufacturing of wall tiles, a key component of DIRTT’s construction system.

“Increased precision, faster production times and reduced waste all come with a customer benefit,” said Jeff Calkins, CEO for DIRTT. “Innovations like the technology we are using at Rock Hill, dramatically reduce the time it takes to manufacture our solutions. As one example, a paint color changeover on a wall tile that used to take 45 minutes, now takes less than five. We believe our production system at Rock Hill is unique to the industry.”

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