Aug 25, 2014 10:26 Glass company to open BR facility, create 50 jobs Glass company to open BR facility, create 50 jobs Advocate staff report Aug. 25, 2014 Comments Glaz-Tech Industries will make a $4 million capital investment and create 50 new direct jobs in Baton Rouge at a new glass manufacturing facility. The average salary at the plant will be $34,000 per year, plus benefits. Louisiana’s economic development department estimates the project will result in an additional 97 indirect jobs. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, Glaz-Tech Industries began operations in 1990 and has expanded with additional locations in Phoenix; Denver; Salt Lake City; Albuquerque, New Mexico; El Paso, Texas; and Boise, Idaho. The Baton Rouge location will be the company’s eighth site. It will be located near Choctaw and North Sherwood Forest drives. Glaz-Tech recently acquired a 25,000-square-foot manufacturing building on Dual Street, where the company is completing renovation work and building a 15,000-square-foot addition. The facility will make and distribute glass products across a 400-mile radius along the Gulf Coast. Glaz-Tech produces tempered safety and insulated glass for residential and commercial construction markets, with a variety of specialty products for mirrors, shower doors, and beveled, decorative surfaces, as well as windows, doors and enclosures. The company will begin hiring and initial operations by September and complete its expansion within the next six months. “We are proud to embrace our eighth location of Glaz-Tech Industries and are equally ambitious to begin serving Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas,” President Pete Fazlollah said. “Louisiana continues to attract a broad array of manufacturing companies focused on our state’s growing economy,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said. To secure the project, LED offered Glaz-Tech use of the state’s FastStart workforce development program. The company also is expected to use Louisiana’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs. “Fabricated materials production — especially architectural, metal and construction products — is a target sector identified as a growth industry in the Capital Region,” said Jared Smith, director of business development for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.