French manufacturer Saint Gobain broke ground to build its second glass plant in Saltillo, Coahuila, with a US$ 135 million investment which is expected to create 250 jobs.
The new facility is located in the Alianza-Derramadero Industrial Park, where the company started last May the construction of its automotive glass plant. Both projects will represent an investment of US$ 250 million.
The production site will have flexibility to supply both the automotive and construction industries, manufacturing sheets ranging from small proportions to over 6 meters long. It is expected to be operational by the end of 2019.
At the ground-breaking ceremony, the director of Saint Gobain Glass Mexico, Juan Jose Vilatela, said the plant will have the most advanced technology, featuring a state-of-the-art oven with a highly efficient electricity consumption, in addition to a heat recovery process that will reduce greenhouse gas effects.
Saint Gobain first started operations in Coahuila manufacturing high-performance plastics at a production site in Ramos Arizpe, less than 10 miles away from where the company acquired 55 hectares to build its new facilities.
Saint Gobain currently owns 8 plants in Mexico. Aside from the Ramos Arizpe facility, its Abrasives division operates two plants located in Reynosa and Tijuana.
The company also manufactures automotive glass in Cuautla, Morelos, and owns a residential glass operation in Cuautitlan, State of Mexico.
Other two facilities in Tlaxcala manufacture glass thread for textile applications and a production site for construction materials is located in San Luis Potosi.