Lathrop plant eyes $100M upgrade

The owner of a construction-glass plant in Lathrop is proposing a $100 million upgrade, contingent on some government financial support.

The Pilkington plant, which opened in 1962 and employs about 160 hourly union workers and 30 salaried people, is part of Pilkington North America, a manufacturer of flat building glass owned by the Tokyo-based NSG Group.

Some plant improvement work is planned to begin this fall, but the bulk of the project would launch in the spring.

That involves shutting down the round-the-clock plant for about 90 days of work to demolish an enormous glass-making tank or furnace, replace it with a tank of new, more heat-resistant material and add equipment that will enable expanded production of more types of glass.

Part of the investment will involve installation of new advanced pollution control systems.

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