PITTSBURGH, July 30 (UPI) -- PPG Industries Inc. is spinning off its auto glass and services division, giving it the name Pittsburgh Glass Works, the Pittsburgh company said.
A PPG spokeswoman said Pittsburgh Glass Works will be a separate entity with headquarters in a location yet to be selected, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Wednesday. The new corporate name goes into effective Friday, .
Sixty percent of the business is being bought by the private equity firm Kohlberg & Co.
"The name Pittsburgh Glass Works captures the essence of our corporate culture," said Frank Archinaco, who will remain chief executive officer of the auto glass division.
The name "builds on the image and heritage that Pittsburgh was the center of glass making even before PPG's establishment in the industry," Archinaco said.
The company, which employs 4,400 workers at nine different plants, produces windshields, side windows and sunroofs for vehicles.
The company's Creighton, Pa., plant has been in operation since 1883, the newspaper said.