PPG declares force majeure on glass products

August 22, 2008
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL

PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, declared force majeure on architectural, residential and specialty glass products as a result of torrential rains earlier in the week at its Wichita Falls, Texas, glass manufacturing facility, according to a company release Aug. 22. The rain flooded the plant’s basement and damaged critical process equipment. The company is currently assessing the extent of the damage.

“We temporarily ceased operations at Wichita Falls on Tuesday [Aug. 19],” said Mark J. Orcutt, PPG vice president, performance glazings, in the release. “As a result, it is commercially impracticable for us to meet our customers’ demands at this time. PPG is working diligently to minimize any disruptions to our customers and to bring the facility back into operation as soon as possible.”

Production was temporarily halted on both float glass lines at the Wichita Falls facility, but workers were able to restore glassmaking on one. The second line remains idle and a startup date is not known.

Read the letter sent to PPG customers