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Pilkington North America Expands Scotland County, North Carolina, Operations

Pilkington North America, Inc., a major glass manufacturing company, will expand its float glass facility in Laurinburg, North Carolina. The $86.8 million project is expected to create 20 jobs in Scotland County,

The investment includes the rebuilding of one of its two float glass lines, expansion of existing coating capabilities, and other building and equipment improvements. The facility produces float glass for the architectural market.

“This year our Laurinburg plant will celebrate its 50th anniversary,” said Stephen Weidner, Head of Architectural Glass North America and Solar. “This investment shows our ongoing commitment to our customers and the community. We appreciate the support received from the State on this project.”

A performance-based grant of $75,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate PNA’s expansion. The OneNC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All OneNC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

“Global manufacturers like PNA choose North Carolina time and time again,” noted Governor Roy Cooper. “This decision proves that our state’s investments in workforce development and infrastructure continue to pay off, bringing us new jobs and investments.”

Pilkington, a subsidiary of NSG Group, is a Japanese-owned glass-manufacturing company based in Lathom, Lancashire, United Kingdom. The NSG Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of glass and glazing systems in the business areas of architectural, automotive and creative technology.

“North Carolina’s track record for attracting foreign investment means our state is one of the best places to do business in the world,” added Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “To keep our winning edge in the global market, I will continue to build relationships with international partners and make sure our state continues to support the things that make a difference, like training our workforce for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Scotland County, and the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation.

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