Vitro has expanded its contract with First Solar to further distribute glass front sheets used in advanced thin-film photovoltaic solar panels. Officials say the partnership represents around $1.3 billion in sales over the next 10 years.

Vitro will increase its investment to approximately $180 million to upgrade one of its furnaces at the Meadville, Pa., plant, as well as adapt additional existing facilities to meet First Solar’s manufacturing needs in the U.S.

Vitro will also increase its investment to approximately $180 million to upgrade one of its furnaces at the Meadville, Pa., plant, as well as adapt additional existing facilities to meet First Solar’s manufacturing needs in the U.S.

“As we continue to grow our domestic manufacturing footprint, it is essential that our domestic value chain scales with us,” says Mike Koralewski, First Solar’s chief supply chain officer. “We are pleased to expand our contract with Vitro, which gives us access to a new source of American-made glass for the front sheets in our solar panels and supports our efforts to build resilience into our U.S. supply chains.”

Officials say the contract boosts Vitro’s presence in the photovoltaic glass segment, which is expected to experience significant growth due to the nearshoring effect in the U.S. Nearshoring involves moving activities to a neighboring country with lower costs, such as labor, taxes, energy or land.

“We are excited and grateful for the trust placed in us by First Solar, as it aligns with our goal of capitalizing on growth opportunities in the North American Trade Region based on our technological strength and collaboration with our customers,” says Vitro CEO Adrian Sada. “This agreement will allow us to participate in and develop the renewable energy sector in America.”

The production increase is expected to ramp up in the first quarter of 2026.

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