Ford, Glass Products Reach Agreement on Sale of Glass Plant

Ford Motor Company and Tulsa-based Glass Products today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, the first step toward the sale of the Automotive Components Holdings Glass Operations and its plants in Tulsa and Nashville and its subsidiary Vidriocar in Juarez, Mexico.
ACH Glass Operations supply architectural glass, original equipment and aftermarket glass for Ford cars and trucks, and aftermarket glass for vehicles of other makes. It supplied original equipment glass for about 2.7 million vehicles last year.
About 1,600 full-time employees work in the operations.
With this agreement, ACH has sold one business and has signed MOUs outlining the framework for the sale of four others. The ACH fuel rail business and its El Jarudo subsidiary were sold recently. Negotiations are continuing regarding the climate control business and the Sheldon Road Plant near Plymouth, Mich.; the fascia and fuel tank businesses and the Milan (Mich.) Plant; and the ACH propshaft business, which currently is one of the products produced at a Monroe, Mich., facility.
Glass Products was formed by Robert Price, a Tulsa-based private investor and experienced business leader with a record of success in the natural gas industry, logistics, and medical facility management.
“I am excited by this new venture, especially with its potential of growth for a business that has been a hallmark of the Tulsa business community for many years,” said Price, who serves as chairman of Glass Products.
The final agreement is contingent upon a new and competitive agreement with the UAW, as well as state and local government incentives.
ACH is a temporary company established and managed by Ford to ensure the flow of components and systems while preparing the automotive component operations for sale or idling. Today, the $4 billion company and its 12 plants are supported by 12,000 full-time employees, mostly leased from Visteon or Ford.

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