Saint-Gobain confirms its aim to remain in Tuscany

Saint-Gobain has confirmed that it intends to remain in Tuscany and to consider Pisa as a strategic part of the Italian market, according to the president of the Tuscany region, Claudio Martini, after…

Saint-Gobain has confirmed that it intends to remain in Tuscany and to consider Pisa as a strategic part of the Italian market, according to the president of the Tuscany region, Claudio Martini, after a meeting with top representatives of the multinational glassmaker which previously announced 67 lay-offs and redundancy for 80 workers. The meeting, said Martini, was positive. The company also explained that the investment plan agreed in 2007 will undergo some postponements due to the crisis, but confirmed that it will probably be put into practice in 2010. The situation of Pisa must obviously be followed carefully, concluded Martini, as with the other company disputes. I still think that the crisis is not over yet and that the second half of 2009 will be demanding as far as occupation is concerned. After the meeting, the Mayor Marco Filippeschi and the president of the Province Andrea Pieroni, met with workers. We will be in Rome again on 28 May, the workers said to the Minister, after expressing their satisfaction regarding the meeting between Martini and the company. We expect more precise positions regarding the Pisa dispute. The company also confirmed the switch-off of a float furnace and the construction of a new one by the end of 2010.