Volume 43, Issue 10 - October 2008
Distribution & Production
After flooding forced the temporary closure of PPG Industries’ glass manufacturing operation in Wichita Falls, Texas, on August 19 (see September 2008 USGlass, page 18), some operations have resumed.
Float glass line number one was fully operating shortly after the storm, and the tempering line was brought back online at the beginning of September. Efforts to restore production on float glass line number two have taken additional time, with an expected return to service by the end of this month.
Charles Hanley, director of production, PPG Performance Glazings, praised plant employees, who began restoration efforts immediately. “Since the flooding, our people have worked around the clock to restore operations. The threat uncontrolled water poses to a glass plant is significant, and we’re pleased that workers’ efforts to restore operations have proceeded without injury.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry approved disaster assistance for Wichita County following the flooding. The plant’s basement was flooded, affecting vital equipment and electrical controls that manage vessels operating at temperatures between 1,000 and 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. ❙❙➤ www.ppg.com
A state investigator concluded that the fire was caused by a lightning strike on the facility.
According to information from the company, very little of the company’s major equipment was affected, and all three extrusion presses were unharmed. However, due to the nature of the smoke and resulting sediment, disaster restoration professionals were brought onsite to clean the facility and equipment and ensure that neither machines nor products were damaged further by residual contaminants.
In order to minimize service interruption to customers, the company’s first priority has been to return to production as quickly as possible, once safe access to the facility has been granted. Company representatives have been contacting customers and suppliers to explain the situation. ❙❙➤ www.gordonaluminum.com
The line is expected to operate 12 years, 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year, producing a ribbon of glass almost 30,000 miles long. The production capacity is 600 tons of glass per day. It can make five different colors plus reflective glass, and includes a new cutting system.
“This is a great day for Zeledyne,” said Price during the ribbon cutting. “We are one step closer to realizing our vision of Zeledyne as a worldwide competitor in the glass business.” ❙❙➤ www.zeledyne.com
Glenny Glass Co. Expands
According to owner Braxton Smith, the decision to begin tempering was a response to increasing demand for heat strengthened, high performance glass products. After considering several machinery options, Smith opted to buy a high-convection furnace from Cooltemper, the first such product that the United Kingdom-based company had installed in the United States. ❙❙➤ www.glennygls.com