Update: 10:25 a.m.
AGC Glass North America is permanently shutting down its Blue Ridge Plant in Kingsport.
Company officials notified employees on Wednesday that the plant will be closed. Most of the 70 employees were sent home, while a few remained to shut down the production furnace and sell the remaining inventory. The plant produced glass for the solar industry.
“We regret having to deliver this news to our employees and the Kingsport community,” said company spokesman Chris Correnti. “We have explored numerous avenues to continue operations but obstacles are just too great for us to overcome.”
He cited weak demand for solar glass and a sluggish global economy as the reasons for the shutdown. AGC is hoping to relocate a few of the displaced employees to its operations in Church Hill and Abingdon, and those willing to relocate may be transferred to AGC facilities elsewhere in the country.
AGC’s Corporate Services Office on Lincoln Street next to the Blue Ridge Plant is not affected by the closure. That facility will continue to employ 125 to 150 people, Correnti said.
AGC, headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., is part of the AGC global glass group which is based in Tokyo.
For more information on the plant closure, read Thursday’s Times-News.
AGC Flat Glass is announcing to employees Wednesday morning that the Blue Ridge plant in Kingsport is closing.
"We are going to be closing the plant, it will be something we do very quickly," said Mike Vigna, vice president of general administration.
The move will result in approximately 70 lost jobs. In October AGC announced it was temporarily cutting half the plant's workforce, affecting about 70 people.
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