Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) LLC, a world leading supplier of automotive glass and services, will expand in Europe with the construction of a new automotive glass manufacturing facility in Sroda Slaska, near Wroclaw, Poland, to provide value-added products to its European customers.
The new facility’s manufacturing focus will be on high-technology, high-content windshields with full surface control that meet the needs of the European premium vehicle market. This segment currently accounts for approximately 60 percent of European auto production.
“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,” said James D. Wiggins, Chairman and CEO of PGW. “Our innovative technology, the new facility, and our expanding relationships with key European customers all position our business for sustained growth.”
Groundbreaking for the new PGW facility is planned for mid-November, with production expected to begin in early 2012. When fully operational, the new manufacturing site will employ in excess of 170 people.
Products to be offered by the new plant will include Sungate® and Sungate EP infrared reflective glass, Solextra® blue glass and SoundMaster® enhanced acoustic glass windshields.
The new PGW site in Sroda Slaska, near the southwestern Poland city of Wroclaw – a high-tech manufacturing center offering an educated workforce and easy access to transportation – will also allow for the future addition of additional windshield capacity and a tempering line for side windows and other products.
PGW alreadyoperates threeotherfacilities in Europe: in Ettlingen and Trossingen, Germany; and Nantes, France.
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 plants located in: Berea, Ky.; Creighton, Meadville and Tipton, Pa.; Crestline, Ohio; Evansville, Ind.; and a joint venture facility in Tepeji del Rio, Mexico. In addition seven satellite parts assembly plants are located throughout North America and Europe, and two LYNX Services claims management call centers in Ft. Myers, Fla. and Paducah, Ky. For more information, visit, www.pgwglass.com.