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PPG loses bid to produce World Trade Center glass

Post Time:Apr 03,2009Classify:Company NewsView:399

PPG Industries Inc. will not be manufacturing glass for One World Trade Center in its South Middleton Township plant after the bid for the project was awarded to China's Beijing Glass.

Portions of the building formerly known as the Freedom Tower, which will replace the Twin Towers in New York destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will be manufactured in China. PPG, based in Pittsburgh, bid this year to produce its ultra-clear Starphire glass for the first 20 floors of the tower's facade.

"This is going to be an iconic U.S. building that will have Chinese glass in it," said Jack Maurer, spokesman for PPG. "At the end of the day, this glass could be made in the United States."

PPG spent hundreds of thousands of dollars preparing to manufacture the glass, Maurer said. That includes some modifications to the plant in South Middleton Township.

"This particular instance should not have an affect on unemployment," Maurer said. He could not release the dollar amount of the company's bid, he said.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had no control over whether PPG won the bid, said Steve Coleman, spokesman for the port authority. The authority awarded an $82 million contract for the portion of the tower to Solera Construction, Inc./DCM Erectors, Inc., a joint venture based in New York, in August. Solera was in charge of finding its own subcontractors, he said.

Source: pennlive.comAuthor: shangyi

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