We were pleased to hear the news that Pittsburgh Glass Works, formerly PPG’s glass division, has announced plans to open a new glass manufacturing plant in Elkin, NC. Not just because top quality OEM and aftermarket glass will be manufactured so close to home, but because Elkin has received from PGW the most welcome affirmation that a town full of hardworking people can hope for in this economy – jobs.
PGW has promised to provide 260 jobs once the Elkin plant is fully operational in 2014, and at an average wage 17% higher than the current Surry County average. The glass producer also agreed to invest $85 million in machinery, equipment and personal property at the new NC plant. All of this comes with heavy local incentives for the glass manufacturing company, including a $1-per -year lease on the the county owned building.
Brett Willis covered Governor Bev Perdue’s visit to the new facility for the Mt Airy News and describes PGW’s reasons for chosing this region for it’s new operations:
In her announcement, (NC Gov.) Perdue said that PGW was initially attracted to Surry County because of its existing high-skilled workforce, quality of life and well-maintained infrastructure.
Pittsburgh Glass Works Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James D. Wiggins said that his company chose Elkin as the location of its new branch after considering 88 properties in four states.
PPG (later PGW), has been known as provider of top quality glass products since it’s founding in the late 19th century – and has producing automobile glass since the beginning of automobiles. As a PGW Prostar glass installer, Deals Glass Services couldn’t be more proud to see this longstanding maker of premium glass products expand their workforce in the lovely state of North Carolina!