PPG Industries FiberGlass Products Inc. plans a $20.5 million expansion of its Shelby plant, adding 120 jobs over the next three years.
According to a Cleveland County Chamber news release, the Shelby plant will increase production of fiberglass to meet a growing demand for wind turbines, which have wind blades made of resin-coated fiberglass.
Salaries for the 120 new positions will vary by job type, but the average annual wage will be $32,183, not including benefits. The average annual wage in Cleveland County is $31,200.
PPG Industries FiberGlass Products is a wholly owned subsidiary of PPG Industries, a worldwide company based in Pennsylvania. Parent company PPG operates 75 production facilities worldwide, including two fiberglass production facilities in Shelby and Lexington and an industrial paint facility in Greensboro.
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Together, the N.C. operations employ 1,172 workers. In addition, the Shelby plant houses PPG's global fiberglass research and development laboratories.
Training for new employees will be provided by Cleveland Community College.