PPG Plant in Fresno Resumes Glass Production
PPG recently announced that its Fresno, Calif., glass plant resumed production April 1.
PPG recently announced that its Fresno, Calif., glass plant, which had been idled for a furnace reline and refurbishment, resumed production April 1. The 50-year-old facility, which makes clear and STARPHIRE ULTRA-CLEAR™ glasses in 2.5- to 12-mm thicknesses, suspended operations in early January for scheduled maintenance after more than 15 years of continuous manufacturing.
“The refurbished furnace will enable us to produce glass more efficiently, reducing our environmental impact and providing us with additional flexibility to meet our customers’ demand,” said Ray Yee, plant manager. PPG’s glass customers in the western U.S. and western Canada will be the primary beneficiaries of the project.
The Fresno plant reportedly produces 650 tons of glass per day using proprietary oxygen-fuel technology developed by PPG. This process combusts glass raw materials such as sand and silica using oxygen instead of air, reducing natural gas consumption by 15%, carbon emissions by 10% and nitrogen-oxide emissions by more than 50% compared to traditional air-fired glass furnaces.
According to Yee, glass plants typically complete furnace reline projects every 10-15 years to replace worn refractory brick. The Fresno project reportedly also included plant-wide maintenance, such as upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems that are more cost-effective to complete at the same time as a furnace reline.
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