Owens Corning of Toledo, OH, plans to expand its telecommunications systems into Latin America by

April 1, 1998

Owens Corning of Toledo, OH, plans to expand its telecommunications systems into Latin America by building a production plant in Rio Claro, Brazil. The plant will produce a central strength member (csm) for telecommunications cable combining the properties of glass reinforcements with resin formulations. The csms are an important element in fiber-optic cables. Commercial production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 1998. The new plant will be located near the company`s existing glass-fiber-reinforcements facility.

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