ANAHEIM, CALIF. — True Temper Sports is moving its Olive Branch, Miss., composites operation out West and more than doubling space at its Grafalloy facility in El Cajon, Calif., the company said at Composites Manufacturing & Tooling '99 in Anaheim.
True Temper is consolidating its composite golf club-shaft manufacturing operations to gain efficiency and be closer to its customer base, Jordan Metcalf, program manager for graphite development, confirmed by telephone.
The Olive Branch plant has made polymer-matrix-composite shafts since 1990. It employs about 100, including temporary workers. Metcalf said True Temper began moving composites processing equipment in December and expects to complete the relocation in June. Steel shaft making will remain in Mississippi.
Formed in 1973, Grafalloy has extensive experience in developing and manufacturing shafts. The combined California operation will employ more than 250.
Grafalloy occupies 21,000 square feet and is adding 26,000 square feet by midyear, said Joe Brusherd, director of operations.
``We may go to [other] composite products,'' Brusherd said.
Cornerstone Equity Investors LLC of New York acquired Grafalloy and a controlling interest in True Temper in separate transactions last summer.