Glass Leak at Wichita Falls, Texas, Plant Injures Multiple People

A glass leak in August injured multiple people at the Vitro Architectural Glass plant in Wichita Falls, Texas. According to the company, the line number two furnace developed a leak that caused hot, molten glass to escape from the vessel. Multiple agencies were deployed to the scene to help seal the leak. Six employees injured during the incident were taken to United Regional Hospital for heat stress treatment.

Glass production slowed on line two, but was not stopped during the leak or repair, says Robert Struble, Vitro’s brand and communications manager. “Glass supply is not expected to be impacted by the incident,” Struble adds. “Plant and engineering specialists will be working to determine the root cause of the glass leak and identify any required long-term repairs.”

This incident follows the death of a 31-year-old woman at the same plant on July 30, 2022. According to Vitro, Kimberly Wright was killed following a forklift accident. Wright was employed by ABM Industries and contracted to the Vitro plant in Wichita Falls, according to Wichita Falls plant manager Robert Baxter. An investigation into the incident continues.

“We are a tight-knit community at the plant,” says Baxter. “We know and care for each other. When a tragedy like this occurs, it shakes us to the core. I know I speak for all of our people when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

Cardinal Earns ‘Star’ Level Designation

Cardinal Automation Group and Cardinal Insulated Glass earned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Level Designation. The award recognizes organizations’ initiative-taking safety and health programs.

The Spring Green, Wis., companies are divisions of Cardinal Glass Industries in Eden Prairie, Minn.

“Both of these Cardinal Glass Industries’ divisions embed a culture of safety in which all employees voluntarily participate on safety teams, attend training alongside their management team and provide peer review of work areas for safety issues. These sites encourage employee-driven safety solutions,” says William Donovan, OSHA regional administrator. “Star Level designation in the Voluntary Protection Program is the highest safety achievement a company can earn from OSHA. Cardinal’s commitment to safety and health management systems are excellent examples of the value of employee involvement, empowerment and ownership.”

OSHA’s VPP recognizes and promotes effective worksite-based safety and health management systems. In the VPP, management, labor and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented comprehensive safety and health management systems.

PGT Innovations Receives Large Business Award

PGT Innovations received the Large Business Award from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce during its 32nd annual Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Awards.

As the award recipient for the large business category. The company was recognized for exceeding growth and financial performance targets, demonstrating an understanding of competitors, customers and the markets they operate in and having the foundations in place for continued success.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized with this award,” says Jeff Jackson, president and CEO. “The success we’ve achieved is a direct reflection of the unwavering tenacity, incredible ability to innovate solutions and astounding commitment to excellence of our 5,500 PGT Innovations team members. We’re grateful to have them as part of our organization and to operate in communities such as Sarasota County that provide so much support to businesses.”

In 2020, PGT Innovations received the Workforce Innovation Award from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

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