SCHOTT Hosts Sen. Bob Casey for Tour of Duryea Glass Manufacturing Facility
• Visit highlights importance of American competitiveness and area’s high-tech employment opportunities
July 8, 2011 (DURYEA, Pa.) – SCHOTT North America, Inc. (SCHOTT) hosted Sen. Bob Casey at its Duryea manufacturing facility to showcase the capabilities and research facilities of the glass manufacturer and discuss with the senator increasing American competiveness and continued employment growth in the region. The Duryea facility opened in 1969 and provides solutions to its customers with a complete line of SCHOTT optical glass, filter glass, laser glass and ZERODUR® glass-ceramic.
“The high-tech innovation I saw today at the SCHOTT facility in Duryea is a prime example of why a strong manufacturing base is crucial for American competitiveness,” Senator Casey said. “This is why I have pushed for a national manufacturing strategy. State-of-the-art manufacturing and a skilled workforce like this is what we need to move Pennsylvania’s economy forward.”
“We are proud to share with Senator Casey the technical leadership of the region’s high-tech workforce,” said Dr. Heather Rayle, Vice President & General Manager, SCHOTT North America, Inc. “At Duryea, we have been providing solutions for defense, government and industry with high-quality glass and glass ceramic products for the past four decades. We’re fortunate to have an advocate for manufacturing competitiveness in Senator Casey.”
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. 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.