PPG Industries plans to invest $20 million during the next three years to make the company’s Shelby, N.C., fibreglass plant more competitive, according to Victoria Holt, Senior Vice President, Glass and Fiber Glass.
Holt said engineering work has already begun to transform Shelby’s largest furnace, enabling it to produce direct products manufactured with world-leading technology while being cost-competitive on a regional basis.
When the transformation is complete, the rebuilt furnace at Shelby will be positioned to produce wet chop, direct chop, remote wet chop and direct draw products, which are used in blades for wind-energy turbines, pipes, tanks, roofing shingles, automotive parts and other applications. Other products currently produced at Shelby will be sourced from PPG global manufacturing operations to serve the existing US fibreglass market.
“Our investment in Shelby demonstrates PPG’s commitment to our U.S. manufacturing operations and the global fibreglass industry,” Holt said.
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