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Huntingdon Fiberglass announces increased work force by year’s end

By: Lauren Hensley

HUNTINGDON, Pa.--Its been close to five months since the AGY Huntingdon plant was recently sold to Huntingdon Fiberglass products and in that time the new company was able to make a major announcement about creating jobs. Huntingdon Fiberglass has been able to keep the remaining 54 workers employed planning to increase the workforce by 30 percent by the end of the year.

Gloria Carbaugh has joined the team working in the human resources department and she had previously worked at the plant.

Anywhere you go, you are going to see someone who retired from here or worked here and families, people had grandfathers, son and children they all worked here so to think we might build that again and have those generations again it would be great, Gloria Carbaugh, Huntingdon Fiberglass said.

Carbaugh remembers a time when the plant was filled with grinding sounds of machines and workers laboring away. She worked at the plant for several years but when they began to downsize she found another job.  Over the years, the labor force has decreased from roughly 400 workers to just 54.

Since we've acquired the business the customer base has become more comfortable with us as a supplier and our future so we are seeing a larger number than we expected bringing their business back to this facility, Paul Geist, president and co-owner of Huntingdon Fiberglass said.

Geist said the fiberglass produced there is used in common everyday items.

A fiberglass rail step ladder, also bus seats or school seats in a class room a lot of people think that these are made of plastic but they are actually made of fiberglass.

The secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development toured the facility Tuesday.  As this plant is planning for growth another manufacturing facility isn't so lucky.   In neighboring Bedford County, Bedford Reinforced Plastics in has just announced that it will lay off 40 employees.  Still Walker believes manufacturing has a bright future in Pennsylvania.

I think Huntingdon is beginning to make a comeback and I can see it happening.  I know they lost a lot of industry here and i love the attitude of the manager, a can-do, can-do attitude and it is optimism that is going to carry the economy forward, C. Alan Walker said.

 
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