Fuyao Global Chairman Cho Tak Wong met some University of Dayton river stewards Wednesday. The students will travel to China in less than a month. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

Fuyao Glass America to raise workers’ wages

Fuyao Glass America is giving production workers a $2-an-hour raise, the company said Thursday.

In many cases, that will work out to a raise of about 14 percent to 15 percent for hourly workers at Fuyao’s Moraine plant.

The information from Dan Curran, University of Dayton president emeritus and an independent board member for Fuyao Glass America.

The news was shared with employees Thursday in a series of meetings across all shifts at the plant off West Stroop Road. Fuyao Global Chairman Cho Tak Wong and Fuyao Glass America President Jeff Liu personally gave employees the news, Curran said.

The raises are effective Monday, and shift differentials — paying employees different amounts for working different shifts, a common industry practice — are unchanged, Curran said.

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Dave Hicks, Moraine city manager, said the news is “a continuation of the good things that have been happening” at Fuyao.

“We’re delighted to see it,” said Hicks, who said he met with Fuyao Global Chairman Cho Tak Wong this week.

“We are glad to see so many good progresses here in FGA (Fuyao Glass America),” Cho said in a statement the company released late Thursday. “Especially to know that FGA just passed a lot of key customers’ audits, for instance GM, BMW, Honda, Volkswagen.

“All these successes represent the first solid step of the company’s long-term growth. According to Fuyao Group’s tradition, we would like to treat our employees as our family members, and in this way, we want to increase all the hourly associates’ wage to cheer them up and share the success with FGA together,” Cho’s statement said.

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The company is preparing to make an announcement at about noon Thursday, a company spokeswoman said Thursday morning. “It is about the hourly wage increase,” she confirmed in an email.

Later in the day, she said a formal announcement may come later.

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“We’ll be announcing an increase not for salaried employees but production employees,” said Dan Curran, University of Dayton president emeritus and an independent board member for Fuyao Glass America.

The Moraine plant has some 2,000 hourly workers.

The auto glass manufacturer in Moraine is the largest single-site auto glass production plant in the world, with capacity enough to supply safety glass for one in four vehicles on North American roads. Fuyao Global bought and transformed the plant — a former General Motors SUV assembly plant — in 2014.

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