Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that its Fresno, Calif., facility has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star® certification for superior energy efficiency.

The Fresno plant, which operates an oxygen-fuel-powered (oxy-fuel) glass furnace, earned the certification by registering an energy performance score ranked in the 75th percentile or higher among other float glass manufacturing plants in the United States. According to the Energy Performance Indicator (EPI), the benchmarking tool established by Energy Star, the Fresno plant scored in the 100th percentile among its peers.

“We are extremely proud of this achievement because it recognizes and rewards the extraordinary commitment our Fresno staff makes every day to operating a world-class manufacturing plant,” says Roberto Cabrera, global technology director, Vitro Architectural Glass. “The certification also signals their dedication to one of Vitro’s core corporate values, which is to operate and grow in harmony with the environment and the communities we serve.”

The float line at Fresno was redesigned and rebuilt in 2016 to incorporate the latest advances in insulating refractory materials. The plant also was furnished with automated proximity lighting as well as more energy-efficient motors, pumps, compressors and other equipment. Industry-best operational practices were adopted throughout the facility, as well, according to the company.