Garlock Helicoflex

Bobbitt Design Build completed the first phase of facility upfits for Garlock Helicoflex, a leader for more than 50 years in engineered performance metal seals and sealing systems. Utilizing the latest technology, the company supplies industries from nuclear power plants to present-day cryogenic space applications.

The existing 39,000-square-foot facility, located on The Boulevard in Columbia, was converted into 12,000 square feet of office for engineering, design and support with the remaining area serving as precision testing and manufacturing. Features include a special filter system for indoor air quality control and 200 foot-candles of lighting to support a demanding production environment. Rings up to 24 feet in diameter are produced, requiring high light levels for thorough quality control inspection.

Despite various delays with permitting and design enhancements, Bobbitt was able to complete phase one on schedule.

Phase two of the expansion consisted of a 6,600-square-foot addition. Inside the impressive 44-foot-tall facility is a bridge crane to hoist rings and dip them into vats for chemical coating. The facility provides advanced ventilation, exhaust and filtration systems and state-of-the-art HVAC systems, which are requirements for the heavy mechanical production process.


Columbia, S.C.

Square Footage

39,000 sqft


Industrial & Distribution, Renovation – Fit Up