PPG restarts North Carolina fiberglass furnace

PPG Industries“ fiberglass business announced 23 February 2010 that it has restarted a furnace at its facility in Lexington, North Carolina. The furnace was restarted to support increased demand, par…

PPG Industries“ fiberglass business announced 23 February 2010 that it has restarted a furnace at its facility in Lexington, North Carolina. 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 fiberglass as the economy returns,” said Kevin McDonald, PPG general manager, fiberglass 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.