BARTON is a family-owned company that has produced the world’s highest-quality garnet abrasives for seven generations. When BARTON was founded in 1878, the Civil War had been over for only 13 years, Rutherford B. Hayes was president of the United States, and Lucius Robinson was governor of New York. The company’s initial operation included mining and milling garnet for the sandpaper industry. Because of its ever-sharp crystalline structure, BARTON garnet quickly became the world standard for sandpaper applications.
Over the years, BARTON has continued to develop new products, markets, and applications — including our blasting abrasives, waterjet abrasives and waterjet parts. During this time, we have created and maintained a strong commitment to quality, performance, and service to our communities and our customers. Today BARTON produces garnet abrasive products for many diverse applications such as waterjet cutting, blast media, bonded and coated abrasives, and specialty lapping and grinding medias. We own and operate mining and milling operations in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.