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AGC brings 100 new jobs to Church Hill

Representative from Hawkins County, AGC North America, the office of Congressman Phil Roe,

and the City of Church Hill attended the reopening of a G1 production line at AGC’s Greenland

Plant in Church Hill on Monday. — Photo courtesy of AGC
Published: 11:06 AM, 01/18/2013

Author: Joel Spears / Managing Editor
Source: The Rogersville Review

CHURCH HILL  After several years of non-production, AGC Glass Company North America (AGNA) on Monday officially restarted its G1 float glass line at the Greenland Plant in Church Hill, noting 100 jobs have been created with the addition.  
The move comes after AGC shuttered its Blue Ridge Plant at Kingsport on November 7, affecting 70 jobs and halting production of photovoltaic cover glass in North America.
An official ceremony was conducted for the reopening of the G1 line at Greenland, an event that included company, local and state officials.
Mark Ishiko, President and CEO of AGC Glass Company North America, said, the restarted production line marks another important step in our efforts to strengthen the companys operations in North America.  AGC is committed and fully intends to succeed here.
The G1 line will serve both architectural and automotive markets; producing both high quality clear and tinted float glass.  AGC has installed new state-of-the-art equipment for environmental controls, improving the air emissions from this manufacturing line to meet more stringent standards and enhance the overall air quality in the region.
The line will operate continually for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  A continuous glass ribbon coming from the line each day will stretch more than 13 miles (22 km) long. 
During the last few years, weve had multiple business closings in the area and that really hurt the city of Church Hill and Hawkins County. So, we are very happy that AGC has chosen to invest in restarting this float line. This will create a lot of jobs and will put money back in our community, which is much needed Church Hill Mayor Dennis Deal said.
Hawkins County Mayor Melville Bailey also added that, The economic impact that AGC has in local tax dollars and employment opportunities enhances the quality of life for all Hawkins Countians. 
Founded in 1956 and headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, AGC Glass Company North America is one of the largest flat glass manufacturers in North America and part of Japan-based Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. A fully integrated supplier, AGC Glass Company North America has 3,600 employees in three major business units: Building, Automotive and Solar.
Lynn Lawson, Economic Development Director for Hawkins County Industrial Board said, The [AGC] glass plant has been a mainstay in Hawkins County since 1967. It is great to see our existing industries within Hawkins County investing additional capital and increasing employment.  We are proud that they considered Hawkins County a good investment for their future.
AGC Glass Company North America has four float tanks in three locations.  Two of those are in Church Hill, one in Richmond, KY and one in Spring Hill, KS.

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