AGC Glass North America will expand its operations in Church Hill, Tenn. The glass manufacturer will invest $40.6 million and create 85 new jobs in Hawkins County.

AGC plans to add more than 100,000 additional square-feet of manufacturing space to its existing facility in Hawkins County. With this expansion, the company will also install an MSVD coater at its Church Hill complex to serve the residential and commercial glass markets.

“Our Church Hill, Tenn., facility has two flat glass lines that will support this innovative 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,” says Mike Antonucci, regional president for AGC Glass North America. “Our new coater will provide architects, planners, engineers and developers the ability to create tomorrow’s environment.”

According to a release, AGC has been the largest employer for Hawkins County since its existence in 1962.

“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,” says Larry Elkins, chairman of the Hawkins County Industrial Development Board.