Lead Time Delays Due To Number of Calamities At US Glazing Facilities

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The Vitro Architectural Glass facility that suffered a fire on August 17th, 2017

The glass industry in North East America is experiencing delivery delays after a number of unfortunate incidents have taken place throughout various glass manufacturing plants within recent months.

The Illinois based Pilkington North America Inc. factory sustained substantial damages from a tornado that hit the LaSalle County in early March. The walls and roof of the factory experienced most of the damages. Unfortunately, the plant has yet to resume production.

Guardian Industries, who only recently resumed operations at their glass plant in Iowa after experiencing a gas explosion in June, have temporarily closed their “floating glass” line at their NY plant to perform an unexpected repair.

Last month Vitro Architectural Glasslocated in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, suffered a glass leak and fire which shut down both float lines at the facility. On August 25th, they notified their customers that the unfortunate incident was expected to last up to two months.  Specialists and Engineers are continuing to evaluate both lines at the plant, working to restore utility services so off-line production, such as their residential insulating glass unit and glass coating lines, can resume.

These events along with the scheduled closing of other glass production companies, due to repairs and upgrades, have caused major lead time delays throughout the East Coast. In the meantime, companies are working to minimize disruption by supplying glass from other facilities. Additionally, earlier this month it was announced by the majority of US flat glass manufacturers, that a price increase of up to 15%, is to set to take effect immediately.

Adler Windows apologizes for the delay of lead times and remains dedicated to providing superior service. We assure you we are working hard to source all product and to get lead times back on track as soon as possible. If you have any questions in relation to your project, please contact your project manager.

Referencing Articles:

http://www.usglassmag.com/2017/03/pilkington-factory-damaged-by-tornado/

https://glassmagazine.com/news-item/commercial/gas-explosion-causes-minor-injuries-interrupts-operations-guardian-dewitt-plant

http://cumberlink.com/news/local/communities/boiling_springs/fire-extinguished-after-glass-leak-at-former-ppg-plant-in/article_4b9c33da-20d8-5ebf-81f7-a4ce6d4c3d29.html