AFG Fabrication Closing Canadian Plant

AFG Fabrication is closing its Concord, Ont. facility August 12.

Frank Davey, executive vice president of AFG Canada Ltd. and general manager of the facility said, "For the past 35 years, our Concord Plant has served the glass needs of the commercial construction market in North America and abroad. Unfortunately, with the decline in the commercial construction market, and changing performance and service requirements, we have not been able to maintain our financial viability."

"Exchange rates, shifting coating technologies and high costs" stated John Stilwell, Vice president of AFG Fabrication North America, "have forced us to eliminate our under-performing operations in order to strengthen our overall financial performance and customer service in North America. We are very proud of our employees and the products they produced, and regret that this has become necessary."

"The period until the end of August will provide us time to complete all current jobs under contract" continued Davey. "Projects under discussion can be converted to AFG's Comfort Ti family of commercial products. AFG Coatings has three sputter coaters in the U.S. which produce the contemporary layer stacks required by energy codes and architects including second surface tints and post-temperable coatings. Our fabrication of commercial products has been moving to regional "Mega Centers" which can provide quicker service to local glazing contractors. Over the past five years, the lead-time component of our business has been getting shorter and shorter. Concord simply could not compete in this environment."

The Concord plant is, located in the Toronto, and was built by Pilkington in 1970. It was sold to Ford Glass Division in 1980 and to AFG Industries in 1988. AFG Fabrication continues to operate 14 fabrication, distribution and glass shops in Canada along with the AFG Glass float plant in Quebec.


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