NSG Pilkington recently announced Northwest Ohio will be the site for its new glass production facility. Recognized as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass for the architectural and automotive markets, the company will construct a 500,000 square-foot facility in Wood County’s Troy Township. The $250 million investment is expected to create 150 new jobs.
“Our company has a rich tradition in the glass industry and strong roots in Ohio, and we are pleased to expand our U.S. glass manufacturing here,” said Dick Altman, Regional Director, Architectural Glass North America.
The new float glass line is the first in the U.S. for the NSG Group since 1980. The plant will support the Group’s plan to expand production capacity of online TCO (transparent conductive oxide) coated glass for the growing solar market.
NSG Group, which employs 27,000 people worldwide including about 600 in the Toledo area, cited three major criteria in the site selection process: customer, people, economics.
Addressing the customer, Altman said this plant will largely be purpose-built to serve First Solar and its new plant operation in nearby Lake Township. For “people,” Altman said, “Without good people, we cannot manage any process, and the people in the Toledo area are very good.”
With economics, transportation and energy costs are the most critical factors for the company, according to Altman, who said the site required rail access and pipeline infrastructure for natural gas. “Because of the volume of natural gas we consume, a major pipeline is critical for us,” he said.
The Troy Township site, located in the Eastwood Commerce Center, actually has two major pipelines adjacent to the property.
Altman complimented the Regional Growth Partnership for its support in the site selection process and for bringing the right contacts and businesses to the table.
Other sites in Michigan and Ohio were under consideration, Altman indicated. Additional deciding factors for the company included workforce, logistics and business climate.
“We’ve had a lot of success in Northwest Ohio,” Altman said. “Our workforce is a major asset for NSG in North America, and Ohio is a conducive place for business.”
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019, pending approval of state and local incentive packages.