Glass manufacturer investing $86.8 million in NC process, adding jobs

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Charlotte – A glass manufacturer will invest $86.8 million in its operations in the county of Scotland, which will create 20 jobs in Lorenburg.

Pilkington North America Inc. Governor Roy Cooper’s office announced Thursday that it is rebuilding one of two float glass lines, expanding existing coating capabilities and making other improvements to buildings and equipment.

PNA is part of the Tokyo-based NSG Group, one of the leading global suppliers of glass and glass systems to the automotive and architecture sectors, which includes the solar energy and creative technology business sectors. The NSG Group has a solid reputation for manufacturing excellence and technological innovation, building on its years of experience and reliability in delivering high quality glass products to technologically advanced and challenging markets.

The Pilkington Company in the United Kingdom pioneered the float glass process in 1952, and it is now the global standard for producing high-quality glass. The Laurinburg factory produces float glass for the architectural market. The Provincial Scotland project will improve and upgrade existing plant equipment and infrastructure, which will improve safety, capacity and speed of production.

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“This year our Laurinburg plant will celebrate its 50th anniversary,” said Stephen Widener, president of Architectural Glass North America and Solar. “This investment shows our continued commitment to our customers and the community.”

New job wages will vary for each position, and the average annual salary for new jobs is $58,825. The average annual gross wage for the county of Scotland is $42,644.

The $75,000 performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate the expansion of the Palestinian National Authority. The OneNC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment goals to qualify for the payment. All OneNC Scholarships require a matching grant from local governments and any award is conditional on meeting this condition.

Pilkington North America is headquartered in Ohio.

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