Press Glass Announces Expansion of Facility in Ridgeway, Virginia

Glass fabricator Press Glass Inc. will invest $155 million to expand its existing facility
in Ridgeway, Va. Officials say the expansion includes a 360,000-square-foot addition,
creating 335 new jobs.

Press Glass opened its Virginia facility in 2020, employing more than 300 workers.

Founded in 1991, the company has 15 factories in Europe and the U.S. It is Europe’s largest independent flat glass processor. It specializes in processing glass for doors and windows, facades and interior glass construction.

“Our clients have trusted us and recognized the high quality of Press Glass products,
so the expansion of the factory in Ridgeway is a natural step to increase the availability of
our offerings and strengthen our position in the American market,” says president Maciej
Migalski. “After the expansion, the Ridgeway plant will be one of the largest and most automated facilities processing architectural glass in the U.S.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Martinsville-Henry
County Economic Development Corporation to secure the project for Virginia. Gov. Glenn
Youngkin approved a $2 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Henry County with the project. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain Expands Reach

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain has increased its regional footprint throughout the U.S. via partnerships with Conners Sales Group (CSG) and Hadley Associates Inc. Hadley will represent Vetrotech in Illinois and Indiana. CSG will represent Vetrotech throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Elgin, Ill.-based Hadley specializes in manufacturing representation and is also a distributor. It offers support from design to installation, specializing in architecturally specified building products. Its portfolio ranges from skylights to curtainwalls, windows and structural glass.

CSG is a representative agency for architectural products. Founded in 1994, CSG assists architectural firms with design selection, technical information, specifications support,
pre-engineering and education. It also sells and supports the general, glazing, drywall, waterproofing and specialty contractors community.

Dialum Glass Aims to Open US Headquarters in Florida

Dialum Glass plans to open its first manufacturing facility in the U.S. The Santiago, Chile-based company announced that it aims to construct a 90,000-square-foot building in Ave
Maria, Fla. The facility will also serve as the company’s U.S. headquarters.

The Collier County, Fla., Board of Commissioners unanimously approved $1.5 million in grant incentives to stimulate the move. The money will not be dispersed until the construction phase has been completed. Dialum will receive $500,000 upon completion and $250,000 each year thereafter for four years. According to the Naples Daily News, payments are “subject to Dialum being in good standing, with the facility open and property taxes current.”

Dialum director Fernando Diez Vida says the shift to the U.S. is a result of continued high demand from the North American market. The company has operated in the U.S. for
more than 15 years, mostly in Florida. Diez Vida explains that the new manufacturing facility and showroom will be integral to the company’s organic growth and business evolution. Nearly 80% of the company’s products are sold to U.S. customers.

He adds that the move to Ave Maria makes sense geographically and financially.

“The Ave Maria region and Collier County are experiencing some of the most significant residential and commercial growth in the U.S.,” he says. “This phenomenon, together
with the generous incentives offered by the county and the state of Florida, the proximity to the main commercial ports in the region and a committed workforce, are just some of
the reasons that support our choice to establish ourselves in Ave María.”

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