Mexican glass manufacturer Vitro is to build a $120 million float glass furnace at its García plant near Monterrey, Mexico.
It will be the third glass furnace at the plant and is set for construction later this year.
The $120 million investment will allow the company to meet the growing market demand in Latin America and provide greater product availability and improved logistics, enabling the company to provide a higher level of service to its customers and markets.
“Board approval of the construction of this new float line demonstrates Vitro’s commitment to meeting the needs of the markets we serve,” said Adrian Sada Cueva, chief executive officer, Vitro.
Since Vitro acquired the flat glass business from PPG in 2016 and Pittsburgh Glass Works in 2017, the company has invested in its North American operations, most notably the rebuilding of both float lines at Vitro’s Carlisle, Pennsylvania plant, and the construction of a jumbo coater in Wichita Falls, Texas, a $67 million investment.
“While the primary purpose of this new line is to meet growing market demand in the Latin American region, the additional capacity will allow us to provide a higher level of service to our customers,” said Ricardo Maiz, president of Vitro Architectural Glass.