Last updated: June 01. 2013 11:43AM - 285 Views
Jessica Pickens
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Elkin will start to see more movement from Pittsburg Glass Works.

“This is going to be a good year,” said Mayor Lestine Hutchens at Monday’s town hall meeting. “We are going to start seeing more PGW progress.”

Most of the upcoming changes will come in the form of renovations.

“Between now and the end of the year we will be seeing quite a few big packages coming out of PGW,” said Leslie Schledner, Elkin’s economic development director. “They will start taking down an internal mezzanine, relamping and doing a lot of structural work.”

At peak production by 2015, PGW will be using 70 gallons of water per minute, which is more than was anticipated, Schlender said.

Those interested in jobs at PGW are encouraged to go to the Elkin Center and take the mandatory classes.

“The jobs PGW will be hiring for most require computer skills,” said Hutchens.

Next summer, the community should keep an eye on the PGW website and make sure to go to the Elkin Center, Schlender said.

“People need to get ready for this,” said Commissioner J.L. Lowe.

Officials previously said that PGW will employ about 260 and invest about $85 million over the next three years in the community. PGW produces automotive original equipment manufacturer glass products, including windshields, door windows and sunroofs. It also develops automotive glass tinting, backlights and windshield wipers,

Reach Jessica Pickens at 835-1513 ext. 18 or jpickens@heartlandpublications.com

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