PGT Breaks Ground on Glass Manufacturing Facility

Glass Magazine
January 10, 2014

PGT Inc. broke ground on its $15 million glass plant expansion, according to a Jan. 9 company release. The new glass plant will sit on 12 acres PGT purchased for $1.6 million just north of its main Venice, Fla., campus.

"This tells such a great story about our region's economic recovery," said Rod Hershberger, president and CEO of PGT Industries, in the release. "Seven years ago, we would have never thought this could happen. We were shutting down plants and suffering through the housing recession. Now we are thrilled to be thriving and growing, creating jobs, exporting product, and bringing more jobs to the state of Florida."

The new 96,000-square-foot plant will help PGT meet increased demand for products as the housing market gains traction, according to the report. The plant will expand the company’s current space for glass cutting, tempering and laminating processes. PGT expects to hire 50 to 60 more employees when the new facility is completed, and has commissioned two local Sarasota, Fla., companies for the development and construction of the new plant, Hall Architects and Willis A. Smith Construction Inc.

Construction on the facility is expected to be complete in late 2014.

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