Pilkington Rossford Opens Doors for Fall Conference Tour

Glass Magazine
August 19, 2019

Pilkington North America, part of the NSG Group, opened the doors of its Rossford, Ohio, float glass facility for attendees of the National Glass Association Fall Conference, held Aug. 13-15 in adjacent Toledo, Ohio.

The manufacturing site, located along the Maumee River, has a rich history dating back to 1898 when Edward Ford formed the Edward Ford Plate Glass Company and built the largest plate-glass plant in the United States at the time at the site. Libby Owens Ford operated a glass plant at the Rossford location during much of the 20th century before selling its glass business to Pilkington in 1986. Pilkington became part of NSG Group in 2006. Today, Pilkington North America operates two float glass furnaces at the site.

While the Rossford plant has a long history, the facility’s float production maximizes the latest technological improvements, said Stephen Weidner, vice president of NSG Group. “Out of the 450 float lines in the world, only a few are using oxy-fired fueling. One of those lines is in this plant,” Weider said, describing the oxygen fuel furnace at the plant that increases efficiency and cuts emissions.

Groups from the NGA Fall Conference visited the plant on Aug. 13 and toured the facility’s oxygen fuel float line, which underwent a major rebuild and upgrade in 2016. The furnace has a capacity of 450 tons per day.