PGW to Build Auto Glass Manufacturing Facility in Poland
September 21, 2010
Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) LLC announced today that it is building a manufacturing plant near Wroclaw, Poland, to provide auto glass products to its European customers.
The facility will be located in Sroda Slaska and will be dedicated to the manufacture of “high-technology, high-content windshields with full surface control that meet the needs of the European premium vehicle market,” according to a company statement. PGW says the premium vehicle market in Europe accounts for 60 percent of the continent’s total automotive market.
“The addition of this state-of-the-art facility in Poland provides PGW the opportunity to significantly increase its scope of business and continue to develop and produce value-added solutions for our European customers,” says James Wiggins, PGW chairman and chief executive officer. “Our innovative technology, the new facility, and our expanding relationships with key European customers all position our business for sustained growth.”
PGW officials plan to break ground on the plant in mid-November and to begin production in early 2010. Once the plant is fully operational, it will employ more than 170, according to the company.
The plant will manufacture PGW’s Sungate® and Sungate EP infrared reflective glass, Solextra® blue glass and SoundMaster® enhanced acoustic glass windshields.
In addition, the company plans to eventually expand the plant to extend its windshield capacity and to manufacture tempered parts as well.
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