PPG Industries announced plans to invest more than $27m in its San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico, coatings manufacturing facility. The expansion project will add four new buildings to the current complex, representing approximately 100,000 ft² of additional production and laboratory space. The company officially initiated the expansion on March 18th, with a groundbreaking event and anticipates completion in 2015. The expanded facility is expected to employ more than 115 people, a 30% increase over its current workforce. The additional capacity will enable PPG to meet increasing demand for its coatings by automotive OEM, protective and marine, packaging and industrial customers in Mexico. The expansion project will incorporate eco-friendly building designs, provide natural light in employee areas, use intelligent lighting systems to maximize energy efficiency and incorporate water recycling capabilities.