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Fuyao invests $200 million into remodeled facility


Oct 5, 2016


Vice president of Fuyao Group He Shimeng, left, and Chief Legal Officer Athena Hou, right, give Lt.Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti a toue of Fuyao Glass plant after a ceremony commemorating the grand re-opening of the plant with two production lines Wednesday.(Jim Bowling)

Kevin Solofra took a risk by moving his family to the Decatur area in 2008 for a job at the former PPG Industries plant near Mount Zion. A short time later, the company announced it was idling one of the two glass production lines at the facility. For the next six years, Solofra said the outlook was uncertain until Fuyao Glass Group purchased the plant in 2014 with plans for a $200 million remodeling project to upgrade both production lines for operation.

The completion of the project for the automotive glass maker was celebrated Wednesday during a ceremony with Fuyao Chairman Tak Wong Cho thanking those who contributed to the work. The ceremony featured speakers including Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe and state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet.

“We didn't have to look for an opportunity anywhere else,” said Solofra, the Fuyao Glass Illinois hot end manager. “This is exactly what was needed.”

Cho said construction started in early 2015 and took nearly 18 months to complete. Having both lines operational gives Cho reason to push the operations of the China-based company ahead with high expectations.

Glass can be stored in the warehouse portion of the building and be ready to be shipped to customers with up to 60 trucks a day taking it to the Fuyao Glass America facility in Dayton, Ohio.

“We have laid a solid foundation for new production,” Cho said through a translator. “The goal now will be to strive for high efficiency at a low cost. We're determined to help restore America's status as No. 1 in manufacturing globally.”

Technology for inside the facility at 2768 E. Elwin Road came from all over the world, including Germany, China and the United States, said Cho, a hands-on leader who is reportedly a billionaire. Support has come from state, county and government officials along with the former PPG management team, he said.

“The former PPG staff and employees have worked hard to make this happen,” Cho said.

The state assisted in retraining 100 former PPG employees to provide the robotics operation and maintenance skills needed with the new technology, said Sean McCarthy, Illinois Department of Commerce director. Fuyao's investment means the addition of about 300 jobs for the Decatur area and Illinois, Sanguinetti said.

The site will produce enough glass for 4 million vehicles per year, which Sanguinetti said would cover half the world if the cars were lined bumper to bumper.

“That's how much capacity this site will have with all the upgrades,” Sanguinetti said.

The investment provides a needed boost to the local economy, Moore Wolfe said.

“This is a plant that struggled for years,” Moore Wolfe said. “Many of us were scared it would one day go away. Instead, we now have a state-of-the-art facility.” Local officials presented Cho with several keepsakes for the company to mark the occasion, They presented a plaque to honor the jobs created and investment that was made with hopes of continuing the partnership with the company that has been established.

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