AGC Glass Company North America has announced its intention to restart the idled G1 float glass line located at its Greenland manufacturing plant in Hawkins County, Tenn., which has been shut down since 2008. At that time, the company stated it intended to restart this line when market conditions were more favorable. According to the announcement, market conditions have become favorable enough to restart the line. About 100 people will be hired when this line becomes operational.

“We are pleased to announce our plans to restart the G1 float line in Tennessee,” says Mark Ishiko, president and CEO of AGC Glass Company North America. “This float line will be an important boost for our company as we seek to grow our glass business in North America. G1 will manufacture float glass to serve both the architectural and automotive markets. We plan to service the growing demands of the North American automotive business, and grow our architectural business with higher-quality clear and tinted float glass.”

Ishiko further explained that AGC has a global strategy to “grow beyond” its existing business and seek strategic growth opportunities when possible to position the company for long-term growth and success.

“We believe that there is an expanding market for automotive and architectural as well as new uses of glass,” says Ishiko. “AGC needs to be in the best position to take advantage of that growth. The G1 restart will allow us to be ready as markets move upward.”

According to the announcement, AGC hopes to offer the new positions on the G1 line to the employees who were laid off as a result of the shutdown of the K1 furnace in Kingsport. “Northeast Tennessee is an important region for our company and hopefully this restart will help lessen the effects from the K1 shutdown,” adds Ishiko.

In addition, the announcement says members of the Hawkins County Industrial Development Board and the State of Tennessee are working with AGC to secure tax and other incentives for this project.

“Lynn Lawson and our Board have been working with AGC for the last two years and we are pleased AGC is proceeding with this investment at the Greenland plant,” says Larry Elkins, chairman of the Hawkins County Industrial Development Board. “On behalf of the Board, we appreciate AGC’s support for our community. This is a reflection of the Board’s continuing efforts to foster growth and expansion of existing industries in Hawkins County.”

AGC has applied for a construction permit from the State of Tennessee and the project is subject to the state’s approval to proceed. AGC plans to install new environmental control equipment as a part of this restart, which will help improve the air emissions from the manufacturing line to meet stringent standards and enhance the overall air quality in the region, reports the announcement. AGC expects construction to begin this summer and this line to start up toward the end of 2012.

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