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.
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.