PPG restarts glass furnace

PPG Industries' fiberglass business announced on Feb. 23 that it has restarted a furnace at its facility in Lexington, N.C.

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PPG Industries (Pittsburgh, Pa.) fiberglass business announced on Feb. 23 that it has restarted a furnace at its facility in Lexington, N.C. The furnace, idled by the recession, will supply fiber product to meet recently increased demand, particularly in the wind energy and filtration markets, and it is expected to restore about 21,000 metric tonnes (almost 46.3 million lb) of annual capacity at the plant. “The restart of the second furnace at Lexington helps position PPG to support increasing demand for fiberglass as the economy returns,” says Kevin McDonald, PPG’s general manager, fiberglass reinforcements, for the Americas and Europe. “This action demonstrates PPG’s commitment to the fiberglass industry and to manufacturing products that meet customers’ needs in various markets.”