Schott North America: federal funds for high-tech glass

A north-eastern Pennsylvania glass plant has received USD 3.2 million in federal funds to develop a specialized process for making optical components for satellites, periscopes, lasers and other defen…

A north-eastern Pennsylvania glass plant has received USD 3.2 million in federal funds to develop a specialized process for making optical components for satellites, periscopes, lasers and other defense applications. Republican US Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania presented the funds to Schott North America Inc. during a visit on 9 February 2009 to the research and development plant in Duryea, near Scranton. The financing will retain 20 jobs and add six to the staff of nearly 300 there. Schott plans to improve its glass process which yields glass of varying qualities. As much as 20% is pure enough (about 1,000 times more pure than window glass) to use in high-end applications. Schott is hoping to increase the yield to 80%.