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PPG Will Establish a New Paint and Coatings Production Plant in Tennessee as Part of a $300 Million Investment in Advanced Manufacturing in North America

PPG today announced a $300 million investment in advanced production in North America to meet rising demand for paints and coatings in the automotive sector. These improvements will begin in 2024 and cover four years.

As part of the programme, PPG plans to develop a new paint and coatings manufacturing facility in Loudon County, Tennessee. The 250,000-square-foot facility, PPG's first new manufacturing unit in the United States in over 15 years, will initially manufacture paints and coatings for automakers and automotive parts suppliers. The factory may potentially service additional industry categories, such as transportation, heavy duty equipment, building and construction, and consumer goods. Once fully operational, the factory will employ around 130 full-time workers and manufacture more than 11 million gallons of paint and coatings each year. Construction on the facility will begin in August 2024 and is projected to be finished by 2026.

PPG's advanced manufacturing investments will also improve and expand operations at its current plants in Cleveland, Ohio, and San Juan Del Rio, Mexico. The investments include new equipment and procedures that will enhance production efficiency and processing times, as well as extend PPG's capabilities to satisfy rising demand for sustainable solutions like aqueous coatings. The expenditure is a strategic, growth-oriented initiative for PPG, but it does not impact the company's total capital investment spending levels, which will remain similar with previous years.

“Innovation is at the forefront of PPG’s purpose in protecting and beautifying the world. These investments continue to modernize and digitize our manufacturing capabilities, and demonstrate PPG’s continued focus on quality and service to our customers as the premier single-source coatings supplier for every vehicle surface,” said Tim Knavish, PPG chairman and CEO. “As we continue to see a resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S., PPG will leverage this new facility and our other site investments to maximize quality, improve operational efficiency, and reduce product complexity within our manufacturing footprint.”

“As the automotive industry continues to transform, we’re excited to expand our manufacturing capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our automotive customers,” said Alisha Bellezza, PPG senior vice president, automotive coatings. “The strategic location of PPG’s new facility in Tennessee also creates a more efficient and effective supply chain with close proximity to many automotive manufacturing facilities, which will further enhance the service experience for our customers.”

“Tennessee is leading the nation in attracting top global brands like PPG. I welcome PPG and thank this company for its commitment to creating greater opportunity for the Tennesseans across the Greater Knoxville region,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.

Source: PPG



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