Operations resume after flooding at PPG plant in Wichita Falls

September 3, 2008
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Some operations have resumed at PPG Industries' glass manufacturing operation in Wichita Falls, Texas, after torrential rains caused flooding and closed the plant temporarily Aug. 19, according to a company release Sept. 2.

Float glass line No. 1 and the magnetron sputtering vacuum deposition coater used to make energy-efficient, high-performance glass are operating fully. The tempering line is expected to be restored to service this week, according to the release. Restoring production on float glass line No. 2 will take several weeks with an expected return to service by mid- to late October.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has approved disaster assistance for Wichita County following the flooding. The plant’s basement was flooded, affecting vital equipment and electrical controls that manage vessels operating at temperatures between 1,000 and 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Property damage caused by the storms made it commercially impractical for PPG to meet its customers’ demands and led the company to declare force majeure on all architectural, residential and specialty glass products, according to the release.