Pittsburgh Glass Works to Invest $85 Million in New Manufacturing Facility in Elkin, N.C.
April 12, 2011

Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC (PGW) announced today that it is planning to open a new North American manufacturing facility in Elkin, N.C., next year. Company officials attribute the need for the new plant to “a continued increased demand for auto glass products.”

According to a company statement, PGW plans to convert an existing 416,000-square-foot manufacturing facility into an auto glass plant with an investment of more than $85 million. The facility is located on 58 acres in Elkin.

PGW officials say they plan to begin hiring for the facility in 2012 and that the plant will employ more than 260 associates when fully operational.

“The Elkin facility will be a state-of-the-art operation that enhances our current customer delivery, increases our manufacturing capacity and provides flexibility within our manufacturing operations,” says James D. Wiggins, PGW chairman and chief executive officer.

The Elkin facility will produce both OEM and aftermarket glass, according to a company statement. At press time, PGW spokesperson Robert McCullough could not be reached for comment.

PGW announced just last month that it plans to re-open its previously closed Evart, Mich., facility in the third-quarter of this year, due to increased auto glass demand. The Evart facility will manufacture tempered sidelites for original-equipment manufacturers. In addition, late last week the Dow Jones reported that the company had priced a $325 million five-year bonding offering.

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