Xinyi Still Hopeful for New Guelph/Eramosa Glass Plant

Representatives for Xinyi Canada say they are still committed to starting a new float glass plant in the Guelph/Eramosa area despite the results of last week’s council meeting. The company aims to create its proposed 2 million square foot facility in Ontario, Canada and residents are still concerned about the community’s property zoning bylaws.

Xinyi Glass is a manufacturer that specializes in float, automotive, architectural and solar glass production.

Following the latest public meeting, Xinyi released a statement on its website expressing its dissatisfaction with the decision to pass a motion that struck down its application to build the new facility. The town passed the motion to stop Xinyi from moving onto the next step of its project. The company’s statement included this comment, “On July 16, 2018, the council of Guelph-Eramosa Township voted to refuse the application by Xinyi Canada Glass Limited for zoning bylaw amendments. We are very disappointed with the council’s decision.”

The decision stemmed from property zoning bylaws, which some believed would not be followed if the new glass plant was built. The concern is that the structure is expected to use too much water to be considered a “dry use” industrial facility.

The company added, “Our commitment to build our first North American float glass facility to serve the increasing demand of the North American market remains unchanged.  We will review our position and consider possible options to go forward.”

The company still refers to the slight positive feedback it received from some of the residents. “Over the past months, we have received strong support from many local residents, the business community as well as post-secondary institutes. We want to express our appreciation to them all for their valuable support and advice,” Xinyi released in a statement.

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