October 17, 2016
World's Largest Automotive Glass Facility Opens in Ohio by
Thomas R. Cutler
Fuyao Glass America is part of Fuyao Industry Group Co. Ltd., an
international manufacturer of automotive and industrial glass located in
China, with U.S. manufacturing plants in Dayton, OH, Mt. Zion, IL, and Lake Orion,
MI. Its main customers include GM, Ford, Honda, Isuzu, Toyota, Mazda, Audi,
Volkswagen, Citroen and Mercedes. Recently Fuyao Glass America has announced the
grand opening of its newest U.S. facility in Moraine, Ohio. Upon completion, the
116-acre facility, which is housed in General Motors' former assembly plant, will
be the largest glass fabrication plant in the world with the capacity to produce
four million automotive car sets and four million automotive replacement glass
windshields each year. The facility currently employs 2,000, but Fuyao expects
this number to grow to 2,300-2,500 by the end of 2017 to keep up with demand. The
new Moraine facility represents USD $450 million in total investment by Fuyao,
the largest Chinese investment in Ohio history and eighth largest direct foreign
investment in the U.S. over the last decade, according to the company.
(Image courtesy of Fuyao Glass America.)
Fuyao has stated that it is aiming to regenerate both the local Ohio community,
with $25 million to $30 million funneled into the economy each month, and the
broader automotive industry.
"The grand opening in Moraine is the culmination of a monumental undertaking by Fuyao and our partners,"
said Chairman Cho Tak Wong of Fuyao Glass Industry Group.
"We are proud of our work in Ohio, in the heart of the
U.S auto corridor, and are highly committed to supporting the growth of the North
American automotive market. Fuyao China currently supplies around 70 percent of the
Chinese auto glass market, and through close work with our OEM partners, we believe
we will replicate this success in North America."
John Gauthier, President of Fuyao Glass America shared
"Fuyao's goal is to provide the highest quality product and outstanding service to
our customers building on the heritage of this facility, the support of
our community and state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities, customers
are already seeing the benefits from shorter development and shipping lead times.
We are thrilled to receive strong support today from the wider Fuyao community and
look forward to building on this foundation of innovation and success."
Thomas R. Cutler is the President & CEO of Fort Lauderdale,
Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., (www.trcutlerinc.com) Cutler is the
founder of the Manufacturing Media Consortium including more than 6000
journalists, editors, and economists writing about trends in manufacturing,
industry, material handling, and process improvement. Cutler authors more than
500 feature articles annually regarding the manufacturing sector and is the most
published freelance industrial journalist worldwide. Cutler can be contacted at
email@example.com and can be followed on Twitter @ThomasRCutler.
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