Fuyao Glass America began producing automotive windshield sets in late October 2015 and now employs about 2,300 workers in the former General Motors plant in Moraine. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Fuyao to build $16M processing center, create 70 jobs

One of the biggest manufacturing employers in the Dayton area is expanding to South Carolina.

Fuyao North America Inc. — an offshoot of the global Chinese automotive glass manufacturer that also created Moraine-based Fuyao Glass America — will create some 70 jobs for a processing operation near Fountain Inn, S.C.

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Fuyao North America is a venture of China-based Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. Ltd. The company’s $16.1 million investment is projected to create about 70 new jobs, according to a release from S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s office.

Fuyao Glass America has some 2,300 workers in Moraine, at what the company says is the world’s largest standalone auto glass manufacturing plant.

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Fuyao North America Inc. will build a 182,000-square-foot processing center with light production capabilities in Fountain Inn, S.C., southeast of Greenville.

Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in this quarter.

A South Carolina development organization awarded a $100,000 grant to Greenville County to assist with costs associated with the project.

“Today marks another chapter for our company as we invest in this new Greenville County processing center,” Fuyao North America Inc. General Manager Dan Martin said in the press release from McMaster’s office.

“We’re excited to welcome Fuyao North America to the South Carolina business community,” McMaster said in the same statement. “Any time a company chooses to call South Carolina home, it’s a testament to our great workforce and business-friendly environment. The 70 new jobs will have a big impact in Greenville County.”

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