Vitro Glass’ Fresno Plant Celebrates 50 Years

Glass Magazine
November 20, 2017

Vitro Architectural Glass’ Fresno, California, float glass manufacturing plant, previously a PPG plant, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The milestone comes as the facility implements new technology to enhance the environmental performance of the glass manufacturing process for Starphire Ultra-Clear glass and other flat glass products. The process will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, making it one of the lowest NOx-emitting float glass plants in the United States, company officials report.

Using cleaner, more environmentally advanced processes in its operations has been part of the plant’s efforts to manufacture glass more efficiently and reduce its carbon footprint, say company officials. In 2000 Fresno became the first flat glass manufacturing plant in the company to install and operate an oxy-fuel float tank. At the time, the facility was the lowest NOx-emitting plant in the United States.

The Fresno plant was acquired by Vitro Glass in 2016 when the company purchased PPG’s flat glass manufacturing and glass coatings operations in the United States and Canada.