Rep. Kissell Discusses Local Manufacturing with PPG Industries

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Larry Kissell (NC-08) met with Lynne Schmidt, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at PPG Industries, in Kissell’s Washington office recently to discuss manufacturing and opportunities for job growth in North Carolina.

PPG has a fiberglass manufacturing facility in Lexington that employs about 400 people.

“I’m very pleased to hear about the work PPG is doing to promote manufacturing and job growth in North Carolina,” said Kissell. “I spent 27 years working in textiles, and I have seen so many folks who are willing and able to put in a hard day’s work to make a state-of-the-art product. Manufacturing is not only a staple of our local economy, it’s also deeply ingrained in our history and the tradition of our state. We need to continue to invest in companies that produce their products right here in America and are committed to hiring American workers.”

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of products including paints, coatings, glass, fiberglass and other specialty materials.  Their facility in Lexington, NC manufactures fiberglass that is shipped around the world for the production of various products including wind energy turbine blades, automobiles and computers.

“We had a terrific meeting with Congressman Kissell,” said Schmidt. “We appreciate his support and especially his understanding of the manufacturing industry and the greater impact of the Lexington facility on job creation not only at the plant, but for the community at large.”

Kissell and Schmidt discussed the importance of American manufacturing in global markets, and the many global uses for the products created in Lexington.

“The fiberglass produced by PPG in Lexington is an important part of the global market, providing building and automotive markets nationwide and across the globe with high quality products,” added Kissell. “I’m committed to doing everything I can to make sure that companies have a level playing field that enables them to grow their business and create much-needed jobs here in North Carolina.”

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