Kingsport, Tenn.-based AFG Industries has announced it is restructuring
operations. Through the reorganization the operations of Atlanta-based
AFGD will be relocated and consolidated into one of three new
AFG manufacturing and fabricating units. The three new units are:
AFG Glass, which is responsible for the company's float glass
operations; AFG Coatings, which will focus on residential and
commercial low-E coatings; and AFG Fabrication, which will continue
the activities of the former AFGD branches. In addition, AFG Insulating
has been renamed AFG Residential and GPI has been renamed AFG
According to AFG's Fred Wallin, of AFGD's more than 40 employees,
some will go to work for various different branches, others will
relocate to Kingsport and others will receive separation packages
and be released. Wallin could not provide an exact number of employees
that will be released.
"Our common strategy is to be better, faster and more flexible
in serving our customers and achieving our business objectives,"
said John Litzinger, president and chief executive officer. "This
consolidation will offer our customers a more direct and efficient
supply chain from melting to a wide range of glass fabrication
and distribution. It is designed to improve our costs by eliminating
duplication through common systems and practices, while expanding
our services and the value of our products."