SCHOTT North America’s Duryea plant celebrates recovery from March 2015 fire

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Germany-based SCHOTT has rebuilt its glass plant in Duryea after the fire that affected approximately 40,000 square feet of the plant.

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When a fire hit SCHOTT North America’s Duryea glass plant in March 2015, employees were unsure what would happen to their jobs. During the fire, in fact, approximately 40,000 square feet of the plant was affected.
“We didn’t think we were going to be back,” said grinder/polisher Stanley Budzilek, a Dupont resident and 45-year employee at SCHOTT North America’s Duryea plant. “There was so much damage. It really devastated the plant.”
On June 10 — over two years after the fire that caused approximately USD 50 million in damage to the plant — SCHOTT North America held an open house to show the USD 20 million in renovations and refurbishing carried out since 2015. The project isn’t complete yet, but Plant Manager Mike Platt said renovation doesn’t mean just a new coat of paint — the facility has added new equipment and has more on the way.
“We’re going to be building a new melting facility for some of our glasses that we provide to other SCHOTT locations, and we’ve got additional investment into some smaller optics manufacturing,” Platt said. “The new equipment we’re getting in here allows us to make the smaller glasses, the more higher-precision glasses that need to be used in the precision glass industry.”
The plant focuses on high-tech glasses such as laser glass, found in devices used for hair, tattoo and wrinkle removal.
State Rep. Mike Carroll said he was happy to see the German glass maker reinvest in Duryea.
“When the fire occurred, you hol...





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