The restart supports market demand, specifically in the area of automotive, wind energy, and oil and gas pipe applications.

Restarting the furnace will increase current annual capacity by about 17 000 tonnes. An additional 34 employees will support the restart, some of which were recalled from layoffs.

“The market is demanding energy efficiency and new solutions,” says Greg Terchick, PPG global marketing manager, direct draw. “Customers are looking for ways to save on energy costs, whether through renewable and traditional energy or by making cars lighter and more fuel efficient.”