Fuyao Glass America’s plant in Moraine, Ohio, USA, has taken a dramatic transformation in the past two years — fueled by nearly half a billion dollars of global investment that will allow it to create the glass for one in four cars on North American roads.
The myDayton daily news website writes that people familiar with the history of the plant will be shocked when the company hosts an open house on October 7.
New equipment will cover 1.8 millionft2 of the facility. A quarter-mile skyway will be overhead. A new public restaurant will be operating just outside. Most importantly, more than 1,500 employees and 800 to 1,000 contractors, vendors, suppliers and partners will be working three shifts, five days a week, shipping more than 250,000 units of glass monthly.
In short, they’ll see the results of a sustained monthly capital investment of up to $30 million in the world’s largest automotive glass production site.
“That will be a major event,” John Gauthier, Fuyao Glass America president, said of the grand opening. “We’re already making invitations.”
What visitors see in October will be just the start. Over the next three years, Fuyao will launch 50 new projects — products for customers or business moved overseas to Moraine from China.
“As we sit here today, we have parts that a year ago were being produced in China being shipped to North American carmakers that today are being produced here in Dayton, Ohio,” Gauthier said.
Fuyao has so far sunk $700 million in two facilities — each more than 50 years old — in Ohio and Illinois.
When fully operational, the plant will supply 25% of all North American automotive glass.
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