UGC Closes Ohio Branch
October 12, 2010
Louisville, Ky.-based United Glass Corp. (UGC) closed the Columbus,
Ohio, operations of Mid Ohio Tempering (MTO), effective yesterday.
Company chairman and chief executive officer Lawrence O'Connell
said the decision to close MTO was made to improve the operating
efficiencies of all UGC branches and to allow more capacity out
of the larger facilities. About 40 employees were affected by the
"We decided some time ago that to survive the economic downturn
we'd have to improve our efficiencies," O'Connell told USGNN.com.
"So, we made the decision to close MTO, which was a small shop
that really only handled specialty work such as polishing, edging,
beveling, hole drilling, etc."
O'Connell added, "The response from customers so far has been
positive, because they would prefer to have their orders come in
on one truck." He explained that previously customers in the
Columbus region were serviced with a combination of partial services
from that facility as well as one of the other larger facilities.
Customers' orders will now be filled from one of the major facilities
with a single truck delivery.
The MTO equipment will be going to the company's locations in Atlanta,
Michigan and Pittsburgh, which will allow those branches to expand
their value-added production capabilities.
"Making it easier for our customers in that region to do business
with us, and increasing capabilities at the Michigan, Pittsburgh
and Atlanta facilities will only improve the UGC operations and
allow us to meet the needs of our customer base," said O'Connell.
"In theses troubling times that our industry and customers
are facing it is imperative that quality, pricing and timeliness
of deliveries be as efficient as possible."
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