Virginia Abrasives Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Barton Group, manufactures and distributes construction abrasives products to the equipment rental, professional flooring and industrial trades. Our product offering includes various sandpaper products, diamond and bonded abrasive cutting wheels, nonwoven abrasives for floor maintenance, construction equipment and various related products.
Virginia Abrasives was founded in 1971 in Petersburg, VA. Initially, the company’s focus was aimed at producing the world’s best sandpaper, using its parent company’s Adirondack hard-rock garnet abrasives. Over time, the company’s markets as well as product lines have expanded into a broader offering for the construction trades.
The following is a timeline of key historical events:
1970: Barton Mines acquired the assets of Vulcan Abrasives Corporation, and changed the company name to Dur-Tek Abrasive Corporation
1971: Vulcan equipment moved to Petersburg, VA to capitalize on proximity to nearby furniture industry
1977: Company name changed to Virginia Abrasives Corporation
1978: Equipment Rental industry identified as an underserved market that Virginia Abrasives could add significant value to
1987: Professional flooring market program launched – Black Satin, Red Satin product lines
1992: Finish Line program launched targeting the Consumer, Paint & Retail Market
2001: VAC acquires the assets of Plymouth Coated Products Corporation and enters the industrial abrasives market
2002: VAC launches a full line of branded diamond abrasives to the Equipment Rental industry
2005: VAC opens West Coast Distribution Center in Simi Valley, CA
2008: VAC acquires the assets of Smithton Diamond Products
2009: VAC launches Real Deal Sales initiative in Southern California
2010: VAC launches power trowel blade product line
2013: VAC partners with Primatech as exclusive distributor of flooring tools and accessories to the US rental market
2015: VAC launches a branded line of construction equipment – core drills and tile saws - to complement the successful diamond abrasive tooling line
2016: VAC expands its equipment line – grinders, walk behind and cutoff saws
Virginia Abrasives’ Vision Statement
To be a world-class customer-centric provider of cutting, finishing, surface preparation and floor care products and solutions for professionals and consumers.