Pittsburgh Glass Works to Reopen Evart, Mich. Facility Due to Increased Demand for Automotive Glass

Mar 01, 2011, 14:40 ET from Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC

PITTSBURGH, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC (PGW) has announced today that the company will reopen its facility in Evart, Mich. This is the result of increased demand for automotive glass products.

The plant was originally purchased from Chrysler Corporation in 1998 by PPG Industries Inc. PGW purchased PPG - Automotive Glass in September 2008 and then elected to discontinue operations at the Evart facility in 2009. This was due to excess capacity which was not expected to improve in the foreseeable future.

PGW will begin preparation to initiate new operations at the Evart facility immediately and expects to begin production prior to the end of the third quarter of this year. The Evart plant will produce tempered side windows for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the automotive industry.

About Pittsburgh Glass Works

Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) supplies automotive OEM windshields, rear and side windows, sunroofs and assemblies for auto and truck manufacturers, and it supplies and distributes replacement automotive glass products for use in the aftermarket.  It also provides insurance claims services through its LYNX Services subsidiary, glass management software and internet marketing services through its GTS subsidiary, and e-business solutions through its GLAXIS offering.

Automotive glass products are manufactured and fabricated in six North American facilities located in: Berea, KY; Creighton, PA; Crestline, OH; Evansville, IN; Meadville, PA; Tipton, PA and a joint venture facility in Tepeji del Rio, Mexico.  PGW has also recently broken ground for a manufacturing facility in Sroda Slaska, Poland which is expected to begin operations in the first half of 2012.  

SOURCE Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC