BARTON is World-Renowned for High-Performance Garnet Abrasives

A Tradition of Family Ownership and Manufacturing Excellence Since 1878

Seven generations after entrepreneur Henry Hudson Barton began turning garnet from New York State’s famed Adirondack Region into sandpaper abrasive for the building of post-Civil War America, his descendants continue to transform the same dark red, crystalline ore — the hardest garnet in the world — into crushed abrasives for the 21st century.

BARTON is a business steeped in tradition, but always evolving to meet the needs of a changing world. A business committed to continuous improvement and the investments that make it possible — investments in people and products, quality and service, safety, and environmental protection. A business that values family and community. A business where modern technology and ancient minerals work together for the benefit of society.

History of BARTON Mines Corporation

BARTON Mines was established in 1878 by Henry Hudson Barton, the founder and first president. The original mine was located near the summit of Gore Mountain in the Adirondack Park of northern New York state. Mining operations were initially limited to the warmer months; however, ore was transported year-round, with much of the hauling done by sleigh during the snowy Adirondack winters. In the early years, the raw garnet was transported by train from North Creek, New York, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for crushing and processing. The company made major investments in the mining operations in the early 20th century and began year-round operations in the late 1920s.

In the early 20th century, BARTON garnet was used primarily as sandpaper abrasive for woodworking. The business has evolved, but more than 140 years later, we still provide high-quality Adirondack garnet to select sandpaper manufacturers for the discerning woodworking craftsman.

BARTON Through the Years

1878BARTON Mines is incorporated and begins supplying garnet abrasives to the sandpaper market.

1878

1878
1920sA new concentrate mill that allows year-round operations is built on Gore Mountain.

1920s

1920s
1930sMicronized products are developed for glass grinding in collaboration with Corning Glass. Demand expands as picture windows become in vogue during the post-war period.

1930s

1930s
1950sColour television is introduced, and BARTON works with large glass producers to perfect the grinding and production of special glass screens and funnels for cathode ray tube televisions.

1950s

1950s
1980sBARTON’s engineering team is engaged by the pioneers of abrasive waterjet technology to develop garnet abrasive products tailored to the industry. The first commercial abrasive waterjet cutting system designed for use with BARTON garnet abrasives is sold in 1984

1980s

1980s
1982Operations were moved from Gore Mountain to neighbouring Ruby Mountain where the company still operates today. The Gore Mountain site was reclaimed to provide habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for the surrounding community.

1982

1982
1988BARTON invests in a new garnet mining operation in Western Australia and immediately brings modern processing and marketing concepts to bear. BARTON’s ownership extends through 2005 and distribution of the product continued through 2017.

1988

1988
1989A Blast Media Division is established to fill the need for a high performance, safe blasting abrasive for surface preparation

1989

1989
1990sBulk mineral importation begins and continues today with imports from India, South Africa and other top-quality garnet deposits.

1990s

1990s
2007Corporate headquarters are relocated to Centennial Circle in downtown Glens Falls, NY. BARTON transformed a three-story brick structure built in 1865 into a visionary green office building. The U.S. Green Building Council certified the building as LEED Platinum, the Council’s highest ranking.

2007

2007
2020BARTON acquires waterjet abrasive business in North America from Shape Technologies Group.

2020

2020
2021BARTON International GmbH is formed.

2021

2021

Environmental Stewardship

BARTON’s business is built on the responsible use of natural resources.

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