PPG plans to build a new paint and coatings manufacturing facility in Tennessee as part of $300m investment in advanced manufacturing in North America.


PPG says it will invest $300m in advanced manufacturing in North America to support increased demand for paints and coatings in the automotive industry, starting in 2024 across a four-year period.

This will include building a new paint and coatings manufacturing plant in Loudon County, Tennessee. The company says the 250,000 sq. ft facility, its first new manufacturing plant to be built in the US in more than 15 years, will initially produce paints and coatings products and solutions for automakers and automotive parts suppliers. Construction of the facility will begin in August 2024 and is expected to be completed in 2026.

The company says these manufacturing investments will also enhance and expand activities at its existing facilities in Cleveland, Ohio and San Juan Del Rio, Mexico, and will cover new equipment and processes to increase manufacturing efficiencies, improve processing times, and expand PPG’s capabilities to meet growing demand for sustainable solutions, such as waterborne coatings.

Tim Knavish, PPG chairman and chief executive officer said: “As we continue to see a resurgence of manufacturing in the US, PPG will leverage this new facility and our other site investments to maximise quality, improve operational efficiency, and reduce product complexity within our manufacturing footprint.”

Alisha Bellezza, PPG senior vice president, automotive coatings noted: “The strategic location of PPG’s new facility in Tennessee also creates a more efficient and effective supply chain with close proximity to many automotive manufacturing facilities, which will further enhance the service experience for our customers.”