Volume 38, Issue 11, November 2003


Cardinal IG Announces Plans to Open Insulating Glass Plant in Roanoke, Va.

Cardinal Glass Industries has announced that it will build a new plant in Roanoke County, Va. According to information issued by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), the new 220,000-square-foot facility in the town of Vinton will manufacture insulating glass.

The VEDP said that through the $23.9 million investment the new plant will create 200 new jobs during its first 30 months of operation. The building was designed to accommodate a 102,000-square-foot expansion, as well as 100 additional employees within five years.

“Cardinal Glass is very excited about this opportunity in Virginia,” said Roger O’Shaughnessy, president and chief executive officer. “It will allow us to be closer to our customers. It has been through strong partnerships with our customers and closer relationships with local communities that Cardinal has become the leader in the residential glass market. It is the sound work ethic of the region and the strong support of state, county and town officials that has brought us to the Roanoke Valley.”

According to the VEDP, Gov. Mark Warner approved a $300,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Roanoke County and Vinton with site preparation.

PPG Industries Creates Construction Market Team 
PPG Industries of Pittsburgh has announced the launch of a construction market team, which will be led by Patrick Kenny (see page 66). The team includes the flat glass, architectural finishes and industrial finishes divisions. Kenny reports to senior executives running those divisions.
“I’m tremendously excited. It’s a great opportunity for PPG,” said Kenny. 

PPG says that through the new venture it is seeking to market its whole array of wares in a streamlined, team-oriented manner, allowing customers who otherwise would have had to work with different departments separately to get the information, feedback and service from one place.

According to Kenny, much of what the team has been focusing on thus far has been primarily internal. 

“There’s a tremendous enthusiasm to make it work,” said Kenny. “We’ve already developed a robust strategy … [and] have formed some special business unit teams.”

Kenny added that the group’s intent is to concentrate on tactics that will accelerate product growth and revenue.

“We want to grow the business,” Kenny added.

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