Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC (PGW), a subsidiary of Mexico-based glass manufacturer Vitro, confirmed that discussions are underway involving the future of company's manufacturing facility in Creighton, Pennsylvania.
“A combination of difficult realities could lead to the Creighton facility's closure in 2018, with an initial shift of certain customer orders to PGW's unionized facility in Evansville, Indiana for fulfillment. Under this scenario, the full conclusion of production activities at Creighton might not occur until the summer of 2018 – about nine months from now,” said the company in a press release.
"Despite our extraordinary group of employees and colleagues at Creighton – including some unique work that has never been done before in glass-pressing technology – the facility faces a combination of serious challenges," company CEO and President Joe Stas said.
The facility is one of the PGW’s automotive glass manufacturing plants in the United States that Vitro acquired last year in a US$ 310 million deal.
The agreement also included two satellite facilities and two float glass furnaces in the United States, along with a manufacturing plant in Poland and equity in joint ventures in North America and China.
The Creighton operation, with 193 hourly workers, produces windshields and other glass for the auto industry. It was PPG Industries Inc.'s original glass plant, established in 1883.
Vitro is a Mexico-based glass manufacturer and one of the largest producers in its industry.