The Hometech business unit of SCHOTT North America Inc., located in Vincennes, Ind., has been honored as the Industry of the Year by the Knox County Chamber of Commerce (KCCoC). SCHOTT was nominated for the award based on its strong financial showing this past year, due in large part to its investment and expansion into the defense and security industries.
“The Knox County Chamber of Commerce is very happy to have SCHOTT as a member,” said Marc McReece, president of the KCCoC. “It has always been the mission of the chamber to promote, recognize and celebrate local businesses. SCHOTT is one of our largest employers and enjoys a great reputation in the community. This award reflects the leaps and jumps they have made in the past year that have helped so many families here.”
According to Gerald Fine, Ph.D., president and CEO of SCHOTT North America, “This award is a credit to the hard work and dedication of the people of SCHOTT in Vincennes. This year has seen an incredible increase in our business there, and it is because of these people that we will continue to be a driving force in the economy of Knox County.”
In 2009, SCHOTT was selected by Oshkosh Corp. to provide transparent armor for its new line of mine-resistant, ambush-protected, all-terrain vehicles designed specifically for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. SCHOTT invested more than $2 million in the Vincennes facility and created more than 170 new jobs to meet the demand. In October, Governor Mitch Daniels visited SCHOTT to inaugurate new machinery as part of this investment and to announce the creation of the new jobs.
2009 also saw the 70th anniversary of glass manufacturing in Vincennes. The company that is now SCHOTT Gemtron Corp. (a joint venture between SCHOTT and AGC, Inc.) began as Hamilton Glass, a company that relocated to Vincennes from Chicago in 1939. Hamilton Glass was awarded Industry of the Year in the early 1980s, when the employees bought the company back from National Gypsum Co. to become an employee-owned enterprise.
In addition to transparent armor systems, SCHOTT also produces SCHOTT CERAN glass/ceramic cooktops for the North American appliance market and flat glass for refrigerator shelving.
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