NSG Group to Close Lathrop, Calif., Pilkington Float Plant

Glass Magazine
November 13, 2013

Nippon Sheet Glass Co. announced it will halt production at its Lathrop, Calif., Pilkington plant, citing the plant’s near-term need for repairs and new pollution-control equipment to meet air-quality standards, according to a Nov. 12 NSG release. The plant will stop production February 2014, but normal shipping will continue through August 2014. About 115 workers will be affected, according to the release. 

“Unfortunately, the required investment is not economically feasible in light of the current market conditions,” NSG officials said in the release.

NSG Group announced in early 2008 that it planned to invest $100 million to repair and upgrade the Lathrop facility to meet emissions standards. The project stopped when the recession slowed demand for glass, and it was never completed, according to a Nov. 14 article in The Stockton Record. Pilkington received an extension in 2010 through this year to meet more stringent limits, but was recently fined for hazardous waste violations.

Company and union officials expect to discuss severance terms over the coming weeks, and the company also said it will explore options to lease or sell the property, according to The Record.