NSG Group Lights Solar Production Furnace at New Plant in Ohio

NSG Group held a furnace lighting ceremony, which streamed live on Facebook, at its new plant in Luckey, Ohio, on November 9. The start up is the company’s first new float glass line in the U.S. since 1980. The new 500,000-square-foot facility has a melting capacity of 600 tons per day, and will add approximately 150 new jobs.

The glass production facility was built to expand the production capacity of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) coated glass to support the growing solar market. The investment is part of a longterm supply agreement with First Solar Inc., based in Tempe, Ariz., which operates the Western Hemisphere’s largest photovoltaic (PV) solar manufacturing footprint in Northwest Ohio, according to NSG Group.

Dick Altman, regional director of architectural and solar glass North America for NSG Group, said that in his 41 years with the company, this was the first time he’s had the privilege to light a new furnace.

“This project represents a key milestone for us in our strategy to grow our business by meeting the unique requirements of customers and making sure that we add value to their businesses,” he said, adding that the facility is part of an approximately $350 million overall investment by NSG Group to support the growing solar market.

Hegla Corp. Opens First U.S. Production Facility in Georgia

After a construction phase of about one year, Hegla Corp. has officially opened its new headquarters in Stockbridge, Ga., about 30 miles southeast of Atlanta. Relocation to the new building had become necessary to create space for the growing number of employees and to establish a local production site in the U.S., according to the company.

Hegla Corp. was founded in 1995 as Hegla’s distribution and service location in the U.S. Since then, North America has become the Hegla Group’s largest export market. Now that Hegla Corp. has its own production facility, machine parts delivered from Germany can be assembled and commissioned directly on site. The goal is to steadily expand production
at the site and intensify it after just a few years.

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