Viracon to Add Jobs, Expand Statesboro Facility
Viracon announced it will add 125 jobs at its facility in Statesboro, Ga., and spend $2 million on an expansion project, which will include glass-cutting automation, according to a Statesboro Herald report.
Built in 1998, Viracon's Statesboro factory once employed 600 people. After demand plummeted beginning in 2008, the factory's workforce was trimmed to about 300 by 2012, when the company idled the pant for six months.
"The Viracon leadership had seen that moment in time as an opportunity to prepare for the future," said Rick Farmer, plant manager. Now, with architectural glass orders on the upsurge, Viracon has about 350 employees and is already in the middle of the announced hiring, according to the report. All new employees should be in place by the end of August, and the plant will then have a workforce of 425 to 450 people, Farmer said in an interview.