Vitro Architectural Glass will temporality halt work on one of its raw-glass production lines in Carlisle, Pa., beginning in the first quarter of 2024. Vitro officials say the pause will affect around 90 positions. They add the line should resume operations around 2025.

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.

According to a Vitro statement, the line (Line One) will be configured to produce solar panel glass for First Solar. In October, Vitro expanded its partnership with First Solar to further distribute glass front sheets in advanced thin-film photovoltaic solar panels.

“Carlisle Line One is the most strategic line for Vitro to reconfigure for solar glass production,” says president Ricardo Maiz. “We’re grateful to have a plan to bring it back online at the latest during the second half of 2025 in anticipation of the commencement of the First Solar production commitments or sooner if market conditions dictate we do so.”

Officials say Vitro will invest approximately $180 million to revamp the Meadville, Pa., and Carlisle facilities for First Solar production. The company’s other production line, Line Two, will continue manufacturing commercial and residential glass products.

Vitro’s corporate communications manager Thomas Meston says the workers affected by the line shutdown will retain recall rights. He adds they will also have the “opportunity to be contacted as openings become available, including in 2025 with the line restart. We are also making job postings at our other sites available to employees, should they be interested and willing to relocate.”

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