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Carlex Acquires Zeledyne Float Glass Plant

April 8, 2011
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Carlex Glass America announced it has completed the acquisition from Zeledyne of a float glass manufacturing and automotive windshield fabricating plant in Nashville, Tenn., as well as an automotive replacement glass distribution business in Lebanon, Tenn. The acquired operations join Carlex Glass Co., which produces automotive glass for OEM and replacement applications in Vonore, Tenn., as subsidiaries of Central Glass Co. Ltd., based in Japan. Carlex Glass America and Carlex Glass Co. will be known in the market as Carlex.

The purchase significantly expands Carlex’s automotive glass business, especially the aftermarket sector, and adds the ability to manufacture automotive-quality flat glass, according to Masami Wakatsuki, president of Carlex Glass America. “Adding the Nashville facility and the automotive replacement glass distribution operations to Carlex’s business expands our market and customer base and enhances our customer service, while affording strategic synergies with our established Tennessee operations,” Wakatsuki said.

With the acquisition, Carlex becomes the sole U.S. distributor of Carlite® brand automotive replacement glass. For additional details, visit www.cgc-jp.com or www.carlex.com.

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