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Pittsburgh Glass Works to close Evart manufacturing plant

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Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC, Pittsburgh, will close its Evart, Mich., facility, according to a Jan. 23 company release. The continuing decline in demand for auto glass brought about by the slump in the U.S auto industry resulted in the plant closing, said Joseph Stas, chief operating officer, in the release. The company is responding to excess capacity resulting from the decline that is not expected to improve in the foreseeable future, he said.

The Evart plant currently has 120 active employees, said Richard A. Heilmanvice president, Marketing and R&D, PGW, in a Jan. 26 e-mail."They will be terminated unless another job opening, for which they are qualified, within Pittsburgh Glass Works’ other facilities becomes available."

PGW announced the closing of its Oshawa, Ontario, glass fabrication plant and its Cambridge, Ontario, and Newark, Del., satellite assembly facilities in December 2008, according to the release.

PPG Industries Inc., Pittsburgh,purchased the Evart plant from Chrysler Corp. in 1998.PGW purchased the auto glass business from PPG in September 2008. Parts currently produced at the Evart facility will be transferred to other PGW factories in North America by the end of March. Evart plant operations will cease at that time, according to the release.

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