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Pilkington to Rebuild North Carolina Float Line

Pilkington North America Inc. will invest $86.8 million in its operations in Scotland County, which will create 20 jobs in Laurinburg, North Carolina, according to an article from Business North Carolina. According to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's office, the company will rebuild one of its two float glass lines, expand its existing coating capabilities, and make other building and equipment improvements.

About the plant

The Laurinburg plant produces float glass for the architectural market. The Scotland County project will improve and upgrade the existing plant’s equipment and infrastructure, improving safety, capacity, and production speed.

Wages for the new jobs will vary for each position, the average annual salary for the new positions is $58,825. Scotland County’s overall average annual wage is $42,644.

A performance-based grant of $75,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Pilkington’s expansion. The OneNC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All OneNC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

What people say

“This year, our Laurinburg plant will celebrate its 50th anniversary,” says Stephen Weidner, head of Architectural Glass North America and Solar. “This investment shows our ongoing commitment to our customers and the community.”