Pilkington North America Inc. will invest $86.8 million in its Laurinburg, N.C., plant. Photo courtesy of Pilkington North America.

Pilkington North America Inc. will invest $86.8 million in its Laurinburg, N.C., plant. The facility produces float glass for the architectural market. The investments include rebuilding one of two float glass lines and expanding coating capabilities.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the project will also improve and upgrade equipment and infrastructure, improving “safety, capacity and production speed.”

“This year, our Laurinburg plant will celebrate its 50th anniversary,” says Stephen Weidner, president and head of architectural glass. “This investment shows our ongoing commitment to our customers and the community.”

The investment includes a performance-based grant of $75,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment.