NSG is a leading manufacturer of architectural and automotive glass with 28 float glass lines, 21 automotive glass plants, and large downstream glass operations in 30 countries, employing approximately 27,000 people worldwide. According to documentation from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, in Argentina, “NSG UK owns 51% of Vidrieria Argentina S. A. (VASA, founded in 1938), which is the only local producer of float glass in Argentina operating at almost 100% capacity at its existing operations in Llavallol (a suburb in the south of Buenos Aires). VASA also has product distribution centers in Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay.” Helped by a corporate loan from IFC, VASA’s expansion of operations has included the construction of a new float glass production line at a site in the Exaltation de la Cruz industrial park in Cardales, 70 km. (43 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires.
In July 2020, Ben Brock acquired 30-year-old JBK Enterprises, Inc., a manufacturer of hot mix asphalt equipment in Georgetown, Tennessee, located northeast of Chattanooga west of I-75. By November, according to a company timeline, the company had outgrown its facility and began to consider expansion options. In March 2021, Brock decided against expanding in Georgetown and purchased a site on West Polymer Drive near Chattanooga Airport. Relocation was complete by May. This month, the company celebrated its first anniversary “with a team that has over 650 years of successful experience in hot mix asphalt equipment,” the timeline says, “and a large backlog approaching year end 2021.”