Vitro America adding jobs

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Published: November 5,2009

Tags: county government, manufacturing, state agency

GRENADA — Vitro America, LLC, a fabricator and distributor of architectural glass and aluminum products, will consolidate the production of safety glass and storefront metal systems into an in-house operation at its Grenada manufacturing facility. Previously, the company outsourced production of its storefront metal systems.

Vitro America has invested $1.2 million in new equipment to facilitate these new operations and will create 20 new jobs over the next three years. The Grenada facility currently employs approximately 100 workers.

“Wayne B. Smith, plant manager. said, “We have been here since 1947 and hope to remain in Grenada for another 60 years and beyond. Our plan is that our investment will enable us to be more competitive in the storefront metal commercial markets and that we will soon outgrow our expansion requiring more capital investment and more jobs.”

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) provided the company with $135,000 in Development Infrastructure Program funds for facility improvements, and the City of Grenada provided $15,000 in matching funds for the project.

Vitro America serves commercial and residential markets throughout the United States. Currently headquartered in Memphis, the company is now recognized as one of the largest full-line glass distributors in the country, with more than 30 distribution and fabrication locations that furnish laminated glass, heat-treated glass, insulated, spandrel, mirror and many other glass and glass-related products.

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