Primary Manufacturers Announce June 5 Price Increase

PPG Industries, Pilkington and AFG are informing customers of a 7-percent price increase effective June 5. The increase is in addition to current energy and fuel surcharges.

In a letter to customers dated May 15, Steve Weidner, Pilkington's vice president of sales and marketing, stated as reasoning for the increase, "Pilkington continues to face pressure from the cost increases in raw materials, packaging, labor and associated benefits."

Mark Fanelli, director, sales for PPG Performance Glazings, said in a letter to customers dated May 11, "While we remain committed to minimizing the impact of cost inflation through internal productivity improvements, value-engineering initiatives and our supplier productivity programs, these efforts are not keeping pace with inflation."

Fred Wallin, vice president of marketing with AFG Industries in Kingsport, Tenn., confirmed they, too, would be increasing prices as of June 5 by 7 percent.

Confirmation that they, too, would be increasing prices was not available from Guardian Industries, Cardinal Industries or ACH (formerly Visteon).

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