Ceramic Industry

Continued Advancement

September 1, 2011
Visit highlights area's high-tech employment opportunities.

(Left to right) Jim Stein, Keith Moss, Linda Mayer, John P. Blake, Lou Barletta, Heather Rayle, Eric Urruti, and Mike Carroll.

SCHOTT North America Inc. recently hosted U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Hazleton) and other local leaders and elected officials at its Duryea, Pa., manufacturing facility to showcase its capabilities and research facilities and discuss with the congressman continued employment growth in the region. The Duryea facility opened in 1969 and manufactures a complete line of SCHOTT optical glass, filter glass, laser glass, and ZERODUR(r) glass-ceramic. The main production building fills 27,000 sq ft and another 3300 sq ft in another building is used for warehouse space.

"I'm very impressed with what I saw today at the SCHOTT facility in Duryea," Barletta said. "SCHOTT has been an integral part of Northeastern Pennsylvania for many years, and they are a tremendous addition to our local economy. I'm very proud of the work that's done here at SCHOTT, and that's a credit to the quality of the local workforce."

"We're proud to highlight the high-tech jobs SCHOTT has been creating in the region for the past four decades," said Linda S. Mayer, president and CEO of SCHOTT North America. "Duryea has been an important facility for the production of high-quality glass and glass ceramic products for defense, government and industry, and we're fortunate to have an advocate for area workforce development in Congressman Barletta."

Barletta was joined on a facility tour by State Sen. John Blake, State Rep. Mike Carroll and Duryea Mayor Keith Moss. In addition to viewing optical glass production, the tour visited the research and development area where materials scientists and engineers work to advance the glass industry.

Among other projects, SCHOTT in Duryea works closely with the University of Scranton in a joint effort to develop and refine specialty glasses for use in high-power laser facilities. "The company collaborates with Paul F. Fahey, Ph.D., a professor at the Department of Physics/Electrical Engineering at the university and his team, along with the researchers and engineers at the University of Texas in a unique confluence of technology, manufacturing, and academic excellence," said Heather Rayle, Ph.D., vice president and general manager of SCHOTT North America. "The research generated by studying what this laser can do will lead to new ideas in cancer treatment therapies and alternative energy fuel sources, and could possibly open the door to Nobel-prize winning physics."

In addition, Duryea has been instrumental in developing many unique products, including contrast enhancement filters for aircraft displays and laser glass for high-energy and integrated optics applications.

Visit www.us.schott.com/advanced_optics for additional information