AGC adding 85 jobs, $40 million plant to Church Hill property

Jeff Bobo • Jan 10, 2018 at 11:40 AM

CHURCH HILL — Although the AGC Glass North America plant in Church Hill will be temporarily laying off about 50 workers next month, in the long run the company will grow 85 new jobs as well as a new $40.6 million plant next door.

On Wednesday, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development released the long-awaited announcement that AGC plans to add more than 100,000 additional square feet of manufacturing space to its existing facility in Hawkins County.

AGC currently has 530 employees in Church Hill. The 50-employee layoff to take effect Feb. 5 is for 80 days while a manufacturing line is refurbished, and the company said all 50 workers will be brought back.

With this expansion, the company will also install a state-of-the-art MSVD coater at its Church Hill complex to serve the residential and commercial glass markets.

AGC Regional President Mike Antonucci noted that the Church Hill facility has two flat glass lines that will support its new coater.

“As the world’s largest glass manufacturer, this investment in North America allows us to expand the industry’s largest product offering and continue to augment our world-class service that is second to none,” Antonucci said. “Our new coater will provide architects, planners, engineers and developers the ability to create tomorrow’s environment.”

AGC’s expansion in Church Hill will be completed by the end of 2018, and the new jobs will be filled over the next three to five years.

There are some tax incentives attached to the project, but TDECD Public Information Officer Carly Schroer said, “We cannot disclose information regarding state tax incentives. That is protected information under state public records laws.”

TDECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe thanked AGC for continuing to invest in Hawkins County.

“AGC is one of Hawkins County’s largest employers, and I appreciate the company for continuing to invest in Church Hill and its commitment to our state,” Rolfe said. “I look forward to seeing the company continue to excel in Hawkins County and Tennessee.”

Hawkins County Industrial Development Board Chairman Larry Elkins has been anticipating this announcement since November. It would have been the fifth major industrial announcement in Hawkins County in 2017, but instead it is the first major announcement of 2018.

“AGC has been the largest (industrial) employer for Hawkins County since its existence in 1962,” Elkins said. “I would like to thank AGC for its continued support for Hawkins County. With several options available, AGC chose this site for its expansion. We are extremely grateful for the company’s continued investment, as AGC continues to be the premier provider of jobs and economic opportunities in Hawkins County.”

AGC Glass North America is one of the largest manufacturers of glass and glass-related products in North America, offering a broad selection of flat glass for architectural, interior and residential applications.

The company’s products are available through an extensive network of glass fabricators and window manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada.

AGC Glass North America is part of the AGC Group, employing more than 50,000 people in approximately 30 countries.

Here are Hawkins County’s four major industrial growth announcements from 2017:

* Homeland Vinyl Products Inc. In May, Homeland Vinyl, located at Phipps Bend, announced it would add 50,000 square feet to its plant, purchase new equipment and hire 50 new employees.

* Cooper Standard: Located at Phipps Bend, automotive part manufacturer Cooper Standard announced in July it would invest $1 million and create about 100 jobs.

* Miyake Forging: In July, Miyake Forging announced it would build a $13.7 million plant at the Phipps Bend Industrial Park to be completed in February or March,  creating 60 jobs.

* Techni-Glass Inc.: In October, Techni-Glass, which is located at Phipps Bend, announced it will be completing a $1.5 million expansion before the end of the year that should result in more than 50 new jobs over the next two years.

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