Chinese Fabricator WHTB Glass to Build First U.S. Facility in Brookhaven, New York

Glass Magazine
January 15, 2016
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION

Chinese architectural glass fabricator WHTB Glass LLC, an affiliate of Beijing Wuhua Tianbao Glass Co., Ltd. plans to open its first U.S. operation in the Shirley industrial park in Brookhaven, New York. Frederick C. Braun III, chairman of the Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency, announced that the board accepted an application for benefits from the company. The application is subject to review by the IDA staff and a public hearing must be held before the IDA board can vote on any benefits.

WHTB intends to build and equip a 44,000-square-foot building on a vacant 4.2-acre parcel of land, pending agreement to the sale by owner Tritec Real Estate Co. The manufacturer anticipates employing 143 workers at the site, where window components shipped from China will be processed, assembled, and when necessary, adjusted. Construction is expected to start in fall 2016. The Shirley location will reduce the turnaround and delivery time on products that now are shipped back and forth from China by sea, according to Lawrence Liu, a real estate broker who assisted the company in its site search.