Governor Roy Cooper announced an expansion of Advanced Superabrasives. Founded as Advanced Tool in Asheville in 1993, the operation moved to Mars Hill in 2000, where it continues to produce grinding wheels and related products, including grinding machines, calibration products, sharpening tools, and coolant filtration systems. Its specialty products use a composite of diamond and cubic boron nitride. While the company offers a large catalog of choices, its employees prefer to custom-make each wheel, their most colorful application possibly being providing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration with the grinders that polish rocks picked up by the Martian rover Curiosity. In 2013, ASI was among 57 companies to be presented with a President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The celebrated expansion will allow the company to add manufacturing lines for three new products. It is funded, in part, with a $100,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The award is contingent on ASI’s ability to cobble grant matches from municipal and county governments and follow through on its commitment to invest $26 million in the local economy and add forty-seven jobs by 2021. ASI spokespeople anticipate the average salary will be $33,829.