What's Happening to the U.S. Glass Industry?

Posted by scapozzola on 08/30/2010

In the Wall Street Journal today, reporter James Areddy investigates why China's glass industry is booming.  And as a sign of just how ubiquitous imports of Chinese glass have become, he explains that the Toledo Museum of Art's $30 million Glass Pavilion (intended as a symbol of America's "Glass City") was actually imported from China. File that under "Disappointing but true." China massively subsidizes its domestic glass industry.  In fact, a 2009 study conducted by Dr. Usha Haley for the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) found that China's glass manufacturers received roughly $30 billion in government subsidies between 2004-2008. This sort of massive subsidization helps explain such disheartening stories as why the new World Trade Center, currently under construction, will be using blast-resistant glass manufactured in China. Read more about China's subsidies for its glass industry. Read the full article in the Wall Street Journal. ##

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