Carlex Holds Grand Opening for Recently Purchased Zeledyne Plant, Carlite Business; Announces $100 Million Investment in Plant
June 2, 2011

The theme of the Carlex opening was "From Sand to Satisfaction."

Carlex Glass America, a subsidiary of Japan-based Central Glass, held a grand opening today in Nashville, Tenn., to celebrate its purchase of Zeledyne's Nashville auto glass plant, along with its Carlite business and Lebanon, Tenn., distribution center. Central Glass completed the acquisition on April 1.

During the event, the company announced that the Nashville plant will be receiving $100 million in upgrades, which already are underway. Under the new Carlex ownership, two new windshield fabrication lines will be installed and the plant's float lines will be upgraded as well.

"We wanted to hold this event to celebrate the beginning--where we are right now," said Carlex executive vice president Jim Shepherd. "We're in a really good place and everyone has joined together to make this a reality."

The theme of the day was "From Sand ... to Satisfaction."

"This truly is a day to celebrate," said Shepherd. "We're here to celebrate high-quality products."

Central Glass president Shu Sarasawa also was on-hand for the event.

"I've know about this plant for many years," said Sarasawa of the plant, which was constructed in 1955. "For Central Glass adding this plant means not only a capacity increase but also future expansion."

"This represents a tremendous opportunity for this plant and the 500 employees here," added Don Michelotti, executive vice president for Carlex.

Michelotti also spoke about the major investments the new ownership has made. "This also means a strong future for this facility," he said.

Ford's senior purchasing manager, Dennis Rowland, reflected on the company's long-running relationship with the Carlite business.

"It's tough to be a supplier in the auto industry and in recent years it's gotten tougher," said Rowland. "I'm delighted we have Carlex taking over this great plant here in Nashville."

He added, "Ford is committed to Carlex Glass America."

Carlex also provided attendees with tours of its float glass line. The Nashville plant and Carlite business previously were owned by Zeledyne, which had purchased Ford's Automotive Components Holdings (ACH) glass business in 2008.

Be sure to watch for the June newscast, sponsored by AGRR™ magazine, for video footage from the day's events.

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