Fuyao to add large distribution center

Fuyao Glass America and the city of Moraine confirmed that the auto glass manufacturer is planning to build a distribution center.

“We have in our immediate business plan to set up a new distribution center to provide more expeditious supply to our customers in the United States,” Fuyao spokeswoman Lei Shi said in an email Tuesday.

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Michael Davis, development director for the city of Moraine, also said that Fuyao plans to add warehousing space on the company’s northern existing property.

Chinese glass producer Fuyao refurbished and built out an existing auto plant in Moraine beginning in 2015 to supply automaker customers in North America. Strengthening distribution is a need the company has identified in the past, but this is the first time officials have confirmed plans for a new center or building.

Details about the planned building weren’t immediately available. Lei Shi said the company will make those details available later.

In a recent interview with the Dayton Daily News, Jeff Liu, president of Fuyao Glass America, said the plant needs more people. At full capacity, he thinks the Moraine plant will employ about 3,000 workers, about 700 more than the current workforce.

He said the company will buy an additional five acres for what he called a “new warehouse.”

“It’s better to buy the land now,” he said. “I think in the future we’ll have more difficulty buying the land.”

The Fuyao Glass America plant complex is located between Ohio 741 and Kettering Boulevard, north of Stroop Road. The company has 2,300 employees in Moraine and calls itself the largest single-location auto glass manufacturing plant in the world.

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