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Local Council in Canada Rejects Application for Xinyi Glass Float Plant

The council of Guelph/Eramosa Township in Ontario, Canada, passed a motion to reject the application for Xinyi Glass's planned float glass facility in the location, as reported by GuelphToday. The rejection was based on the argument that the facility will not meet dry use standards, as the plant will use over 400,000 gallons of water per day.

On July 18, Xinyi representatives issued a response on its website, stating “We are very disappointed with the council’s decision. Our commitment to build our first North American float glass facility to serve the increasing demand of the North American market remains unchanged. We will review our position and consider possible options to go forward.”

The statement continues, “Over the past months, we have received strong support from many local residents, the business community as well as post-secondary institutes. We want to express our appreciation to them for all for their valuable support and advice.”

Xinyi Glass originally announced plans to build the $450 million float glass plant in November 2017. The facility would have marked the return of float glass production to Canada, which last saw float manufacturing in 2008.