Chinese investment in a central Illinois town is paying off with more jobs at a glass factory. Fuyao Glass cut the ribbon on $200 million in improvements to the former PPG Glass plant in Decatur. The Fuyao workforce is growing from 50 jobs to 300. Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolf says that this makes it clear downstate Illinois can be a center of global manufacturing.
President of the Decatur and Macon County Economic Development Corporation Ryan McCrady says that the arrival of a foreign business in central Illinois showcases the global nature of trade.
The plant manufacturers glass for the automobile industry. The Macon County plant can produce enough glass for about 4 million cars a year.