The $750 million sale means PPG is divesting itself of its entire glass manufacturing and glass coating operation. That division includes plants in Fresno; Salem, Ore.; Carlisle, Pa.; and Wichita Falls, Texas. In all, PPG’s flat glass business employs approximately 1,200 workers.
PPG officials said it will focus its business on paints, coatings and specialty materials.
Ray Yee, Fresno’s plant manager, said he does not expect any major changes, other than possibly generating more business. The Fresno plant has 130 employees.
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Vitro’s acquisition of PPG makes it one of the leaders in the flat glass industry and gives it a presence in the U.S. market, where it had not been before.
“We are becoming part of a company whose focus is on making glass,” Yee said. “This is potentially a very good thing.”
PPG’s Fresno plant, at 3333 S. Peach Ave., makes flat glass, specialty glass and plexiglass.