Auto glass maker picks NC for new plant, 260 jobs

Posted April 12, 2011

Lured in part by state and local incentives that could top $3 million, Pittsburgh Glass Works said Tuesday that it will build an $85 million manufacturing plant and create 260 jobs in the Surry County town of Elkin.

According to Gov. Bev Perdue, the automotive glass maker considered 88 sites before picking North Carolina.

The state offered the company a $500,000 One North Carolina Fund grant, which requires at least a local match.

Pittsburgh Glass Works also could receive rebates of $2.1 million in state withholding taxes if it meets new job creation targets.

According to Perdue, the Pennsylvania-based company could expand the operation in the future. It already operates distribution facilities in Wake and Mecklenburg counties.

Average salaries for the jobs will be $30,608 plus benefits. The average Surry County wage is $26,016, according to the governor’s office.


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  • ICURCRK Apr 12, 2011

    It would be nice to know that some of the glass will actually be made in the USA! About 75% of what I buy from PGW says it was made in China......but it is still better than that Safelite stuff.

  • KermitDFrog Apr 12, 2011

    These matching grants and special rebate agreements should be made public. WRAL, please provide the link! We the people need to keep an eye on our elected officials.