Volume 38, Issue 9, September 2003


Blackout ‘03 Has Minimal Effects 
on Glass Industry, Thanks to Generators

Many homes and businesses throughout the Northeast, upper Midwest and Canada found themselves without power after the massive blackout on August 14. The effects for some glass companies were minimal, thanks to the fact that many were operating on generators.
Thanks to generators, Colonial Glass’s facility maintained power when much of New York was without.
Zachary Weiner of Colonial Glass in Brooklyn, N.Y., said his company was able to continue operating thanks to two generators. 

Duel fuel generators helped Colonial Glass continue operations. Generators also benefited companies with float glass operations. In Rossford, Ohio, for example, Pilkington was able to keep its lines running thanks to its diesel generators. According to Roberta Steedman, company spokes-person, about six hours of production time was lost at the Rossford plant because of circuit tripping, but the float lines continued to run on backup generators. Production was disrupted for longer periods of time at automotive facilities in Clinton, Mich., and Collingwood, Ontario. However, the facilities were able to make up the production once the power was restored.

“Our back-up systems and emergency procedures worked as planned, so we were able to minimize problems and keep up with customers’ requirements.”

Two float lines at PPG, one in Meadville, Pa., and one in Owen Sound, Ontario, lost power for less than a day, but backup power systems kept production moving. 

Guardian’s Carleton, Mich., plant was also affected. Gayle Joseph, director of communications, said production capabilities with the coaters and tempering furnace were lost, but float lines continued on generators.

“We were unable to cut or pack glass,” said Joseph. “We ran the furnace, the tin bath and were able to pull glass to the crusher, only to be made into cullet and returned to our batch house area. We lost two full days of float production,” Joseph said.

Safety Glazing Certification Council 
Withdraws ICC Code Change Proposal 

The Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC), based in Henderson Harbor, N.Y., has withdrawn a code change proposal to the International Code Council (ICC) that would have required safety glazing materials be certified by an independent third party such as the SGCC. 

Currently, producers of safety glazing materials are required to certify a product’s compliance to either the CPSC 16 CFR 1201 or ANSI Z97.1 standard, but are not required to certify through a third party. If adopted, the SGCC’s code change proposal would have made third-party certification of safety glazing mandatory.

However, various industry organizations, including the Glass Association of North America (GANA) and the Glazing Industry Code Council (GICC), opposed the proposal, which would have been heard September 5 during the ICC’s hearings in Nashville. Faced with such oppositions, the SGCC withdrew its proposal on September 3. In its September 2003 newsletter, GANA reported that it, the GICC and other industry groups had offered to work with SGCC to develop an “industry wide approach to the safety concerns” alleged by SGCC. 


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