PPG restarts North Carolina glass fiber furnace

Increased fiberglass demand has prompted PPG to restart operations at it's Lexington, N.C. facility, which has annual capacity of 21,000 metric tons.

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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23, 2010 ñ PPG Industries' (Pittsburgh, Pa., USA) fiber glass business announced on Feb. 23 that it has restarted a furnace at its facility in Lexington, N.C. The furnace was restarted to support increased demand, particularly in the wind energy and filtration markets, and it is expected to restore about 21,000 metric tons of annual capacity at the plant.

"The restart of the second furnace at Lexington helps position PPG to support increasing demand for fiber glass as the economy returns," said Kevin McDonald, PPG general manager, fiber glass reinforcements, Americas and Europe. "This action demonstrates PPG's commitment to the fiberglass industry and to manufacturing products that meet customers' needs in various markets."

The Lexington plant has added 180 employees to support the furnace restart, some of which were recalled from layoffs.