Volume 51, Issue 1 - January 2016

Company News

PPG Finds a Way to Save Fresh Water at Company Plant in Wichita Falls, Texas

PPG has found a way for its Wichita Falls, Texas, plant to cut its freshwater consumption by about 50 percent.

PPG Industries and the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, collaborated on a wastewater-reuse project that has reduced freshwater consumption by as much as 50 percent per day at PPG’s local glass plant.

The $1.9 million project began last February, and diverts treated wastewater to the glass-cooling towers. The facility has reduced peak daily freshwater consumption by as much as 200,000 gallons; about half the volume it used before on hot days. It also helps preserve as much as 6 million gallons of potable water in a month.

“Conserving water in this area is more critical than ever,” says Bill Haley, plant manager, Wichita Falls. “This project created a win-win situation for our company and all who live and work in the community. In partnership with the city, we developed and implemented a sustainable solution that benefits everyone.”

Wastewater from the Wichita Falls Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant flows through a new pipeline into a retention pond at the plant. It then goes to the plant’s cooling towers, where it’s used to chill molten glass. Besides lowering daily fresh water consumption, the project reduces PPG’s water bill for projected annual savings of about $275,000.

PPG contributed $700,000 to the project; it was also funded by the Wichita Falls Economic Development Council.

SAF West Opens
Oregon Sales Office

Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. (SAF) has opened a northwest sales office in Salem, Ore.

It will focus on sales support to Pacific Northwest glazing and other contractors and suppliers in the commercial building market. Account manager Peter Stauffer will manage it.

“This office will help SAF meet expected growth in the Pacific Northwest’s commercial building industry, which by our estimates is poised to grow 25 percent over the next five years,” says Penn McClatchey, SAF co-CEO.

Crystal Windows Buys Northeast Pennsylvania Property

A 226-acre property in northeastern Pennsylvania is now home to Crystal Window & Door Systems’ new door and window production facility. The 336,500-square-foot industrial building is located north of Scranton, Pa., adjacent to Interstate 81.

The purchase of the former Northrop Grumman Corp. building “could signal the largest addition of new manufacturing jobs in the Scranton area in a decade,” according to a report from the Scranton Times-Tribune. Crystal purchased the building for $5 million from Greystone Site Solutions of King of Prussia, Pa., according to the report.

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