ALPHARETTA, GA -- AGC Glass Company North America recently announced its intention to restart the idled G1 float glass line located at its Greenland manufacturing plant in Hawkins County, Tennessee. The G1 line was shut down in 2008. At that time, the Company stated it intended to restart this line when market conditions were more favorable. At present, market conditions have become favorable enough to restart the line. About 100 people will be hired when this line becomes operational.
Mark Ishiko, President and CEO of AGC Glass Company North America, states "We are pleased to announce our plans to restart the G1 float line in Tennessee. This float line will be an important boost for our company as we seek to grow our glass business in North America. G1 will manufacture float glass to serve both the architectural and automotive markets. We plan to service the growing demands of the North American automotive business, and grow our architectural business with higher quality clear and tinted float glass."
Mr. Ishiko further explained that AGC has a global strategy to Grow Beyond its existing business and seek strategic growth opportunities when possible to position the company for long term growth and success. He stated "we believe that there is an expanding market for automotive and architectural as well as new uses of glass. AGC needs to be in the best position to take advantage of that growth. The G1 restart will allow us to be ready as markets move upward."
AGC hopes to offer the new positions on the G1 line to the employees who were laid off as a result of the shutdown of the K1 furnace in Kingsport. "Northeast Tennessee is an important region for our company and hopefully this restart will help lessen the effects from the K1 shutdown" said Mr. Ishiko.