Vitro to Build Jumbo MSVD Coater in Wichita Falls, Texas
Vitro Architectural Glass selected its Wichita Falls, Texas, plant to be the site of a new jumbo magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition glass coater, expected to be the largest of its kind in North America, Vitro officials report. Installation is expected to begin in April.
The $55-million investment, which Vitro Glass first announced when it acquired PPG’s former flat glass business last fall, will enable the manufacturer to produce high-performing, energy-efficient low-emissivity glasses in larger sizes.
“Current architectural trends favor the use of oversized glass on many office, commercial and multi-story residential projects, which requires glass sizes over 12 feet tall that our existing coater cannot accommodate,” says Bill Haley, Wichita Falls plant manager, Vitro Architectural Glass. “The new equipment will enable us to cost-efficiently coat jumbo-sized glass, which will further increase demand for our products.”
Dick Beuke, president, Vitro Architectural Glass, said the coater will strengthen Vitro Glass’s position as an industry leader, innovator and architect resource. “As building codes become more stringent and building designs more complex, architects and building designers are driving glass manufacturers to provide higher-performing products, greater cost efficiencies and increased technical support. This new machinery, along with our expanded sales and service staff, positions us to meet those demands.”
In addition to the MSVD coater, which applies ultra-thin layers of metal to glass to help it deflect heat without reducing transparency, the $55 million price tag includes construction of a new 200,000-square-foot building and several ancillary projects.