PPG Industries says it will invest more than $27 million in its San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico, coatings manufacturing facility. The project will add four new buildings to the existing complex, representing approximately 100,000 sq. ft. of additional production and laboratory space. The company officially initiated the expansion with a groundbreaking event and anticipates completion in 2015.
The expanded facility is expected to employ more than 115 people, a 30 percent increase over its current workforce. PPG says the additional capacity will enable the company to meet demand for its coatings by automotive OEM, protective and marine, packaging and industrial customers in Mexico. The expansion project will incorporate eco-friendly building designs, provide natural light in employee areas, use intelligent lighting systems to maximize energy efficiency and incorporate water recycling capabilities.