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PGW Layoffs Affect Staff "Globally," Company Officials Report

The layoffs announced earlier this week by Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW), formerly PPG Auto Glass, will affect all aspects of the company, according to Dick Heilman, vice president, marketing and research and development, for the company, though he couldn't provide specifics as to who was let go.

"Our reduction in force affected all aspects of our salaried organization, globally," Heilman told™/AGRR magazine today.

Despite rumors that some PGW distribution branches have already closed, Heilman declined to comment on this.

"Details about specific branches are not yet available," he said.

Earlier this week, PGW announced that it would close its fabrication plant in Oshawa, Ontario, in the first quarter of 2009, and its satellite assembly plants in Newark, Del., and Cambridge, Ontario, later in 2009. The company also announced at that time that it was reducing its workforce by 150.

"This realignment will enable us to adapt to the changing demands of the industry," said Jim Wiggins, PGW president and chief executive officer, in the statement released earlier this week. "The changes are part of PGW's transformation of its manufacturing footprint and will help to improve our focus on our remaining facilities."

The company also intends to close two additional plants, and expects that after a detailed analysis of the market, these will be announced in January, according to the statement.

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