Corning machinery mapped for move

Dark and idle all summer, the Corning Asahi plant has been recalled to life with the comings and goings of industrial commerce.But, company officials say, it's just a temporary revival.What's happening inside the sprawling East College Avenue factory these days is not manufacturing at all.

It's just the opposite: deconstruction.

Armed with cameras, laptop computers, floor plans and an interpreter, 40 engineers from China have quietly arrived to earmark and map hundreds of tons of machinery, valued at up to $65 million, and take it back to their homeland.

It's a huge undertaking, plant superintendent Deb Ballentine said, and today's diligence in College Township will pay off when the machinery is reinstalled in Henan province, a cradle of the 3,000-year-old Chinese civilization with a third more land than the Keystone State -- and eight times the population.

The engineers work for Henan Anyang CPT Glass Bulb Group, a subsidiary of China's Xinyi Electronic Glass Co. Henan Anyang purchased the entire production line from Corning in a deal announced three months ago.

Now, Henan Anyang has come to claim its prize -- the machinery that 1,000 or more Corning employees had used in the College Township plant for the last 36 years to melt, mold, press and cool TV picture-tube glass.

The Chinese glass-makers apparently like the way their American forerunners have done things, for Henan Anyang plans to set up its picture-tube production line in Henan province in the very way it's now set up in College Township.

"The game plan is to duplicate the building," Ballentine said. "You could literally just pick up what's in here and duplicate it in China."

600450 Corning machinery mapped for move
Date: 23 September 2003

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