AGC Shuts Down West Virginia Float Line

February 9, 2009

AGC Flat Glass North America says it will shut down its Jerry Run float glass plant in Bridgeport, W. Va., in response to the continuing downturn in the market, particularly in the auto glass sector.  According to a Feb. 9 company release, the company is also implementing a temporary workforce reduction at its Blue Ridge pattern glass plant in Kingsport, Tenn. This reduction is primarily in response to a decline in export demand.

The company ceased glassmaking operations at its Jerry Run plant on Feb. 9. Approximately 232 employees are affected by the plant shutdown. The temporary workforce reduction at the Blue Ridge facility will affect an additional 100 employees, according to the release.

“Today’s volatile economic environment requires a new level of agility and flexibility for manufacturers,” said Brad Kitterman, president and CEO. “As the business environment changes, we are constantly evaluating current market conditions, the capacity and cost structure of all our facilities, and the efficiency of our transportation and logistics systems. This enables us to make the strategic decisions that position AGC for future profitability and success—as well as continued leadership and innovation in the flat glass market.”