PPG flat glass facility: major production disruption for US and Canada

PPG Industries Inc. has declared force majeure on the production of architectural, residential and specialty glass products for customers in the western U.S. and Canada.

The company has taken this action because of “unanticipated mechanical production issues” at its Fresno, CA, flat glass manufacturing plant.
“We are working to solve mechanical issues at the facility that are prohibiting production and affecting our ability to meet customers’ demands at this time,” says Richard Beuke, PPG vice president of flat glass.
The company has been unable to produce glass at the facility since August 30 and as yet has no timeline for restoring production of commercial-grade glass at the location.
“PPG is working diligently to minimize disruptions to our customers by supplying glass from other manufacturing facilities and bringing the Fresno facility back into safe operation as soon as possible,” said Beuke.
PPG could not provide additional details as of press time, according to Mark Silvey, PPG corporate communications.
The Fresno plant produces flat and tempered glass for the residential and commercial construction markets. It employs 140 people and is one of the company’s key manufacturing facilities, along with its Carlisle and Wichita Falls locations.