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Pittsburgh Glass Works to hire 50-60

| Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Rejuvenated by strong vehicle sales, Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC has begun hiring between 50 and 60 workers at its windshield manufacturing plant in Creighton, East Deer.

The company, which is 40 percent owned by PPG Industries Inc., has begun staffing a plant it recently opened in Poland, an executive of the North-Shore-based company said.

“The demand for our products in the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) market has gone up, so we're increasing production at Creighton,” said Robert McCullough, vice president of human resources.

Pittsburgh Glass Works is a leading supplier of automotive glass and glass shop accessories. The company supplies windshields, mirrors, sun roofs, back and side lights, windshield and head light repair supplies, wiper blades and other accessories through more than 100 distribution branches in the United States and Canada.

The Creighton plant employs about 220 workers out of more than 4,000 employees worldwide.

Year-to-date through October, the U.S. auto industry sold 11.9 million vehicles, a 13.8 percent increase from year-ago levels, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association, McLean, Va.

Pittsburgh Glass Works is 60 percent owned by Kohlberg & Co., a private equity firm in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. It acquired controlling ownership from PPG Industries in 2008.

The ramp-up in Creighton marks a turnabout from turbulent times four years ago. In the thick of the recession and financial crisis in December 2008, the company closed a plant in Delaware and two in Ontario and laid off about 150 salaried workers.

Pittsburgh Glass Works operates plants in Meadville, Crawford County, and Tipton, Blair County, plus two in Ohio and five in five other states. The company has seven foreign plants, in Europe, Japan and North America.

Thomas Olson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7854 or at tolson@tribweb.com.

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