Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America, on Monday, announced that it will add 100 new jobs in Moraine. Company officials say the jobs are part of a major expansion that includes acquiring more of the former GM Assembly plant.
Monday’s announcement at Fuyao was made by officials, including Fuyao Chairman Cho Tak Wong, and China’s Consul General Huang Ping. Ohio Governor Mike Dewine, Lt. Governor John Husted and representatives from JobsOhio were also on hand.
Governor DeWine said he was proud to have the world’s largest auto glass facility operating in Ohio and called the $46-million investment by Fuyao is a boost for the state’s economy.
“It's a great to start the new year with a new investment that will bring 100 more jobs to Fuyao’s Moraine facility,” said DeWine. “This expansion further consolidates Fuyao’s footprint in Ohio and demonstrates confidence in the people who are on the job here.”
Fuyao’s investment in the Moraine facility began in 2014. The plant now employs 2300 people. The current expansion is aimed at stimulating more research and development and will provide auto glass for companies such as Safelite.
Dayton Development Coalition President and CEO Jeff Hoagland says economic development officials are committed to keeping Fuyao’s Miami Valley operation successful.
“As we look to assist them in being successful, they’re tapping into our expertise and we’re tapping into their expertise. Things are improving and we look forward to a very bright future and a great partnership with our friends at Fuyao.”
State development officials say they’re hopeful Fuyao would continue to invest in the region.
Fuyao’s growth in Moraine has not been without its challenges. The company recently settled with some former workers who claimed they were improperly fired for supporting a failed unionization effort that began in 2016. The company was also fined for safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Still, last year the Moraine plant recorded its highest profits so far, and Fuyao officials called the state and local support they have received to date, critical for their success.