10-21-2019, Duryea, PA
SCHOTT Hosts U.S. Vice President Mike Pence
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence toured SCHOTT’s Advanced Optics facility in Duryea, Pa. to celebrate the site’s 50th anniversary. SCHOTT has invested over $50 million in the United States in recent years, a sign of the company’s ongoing commitment to advanced, high-tech manufacturing.Duryea, Pa. – October 21, 2019 – International technology group SCHOTT hosted U.S. Vice President Mike Pence for a tour of its facility in Duryea, Pennsylvania. The site serves as the lead production hub for SCHOTT’s advanced optics business in North America and is home to the company’s U.S. research and development center. It opened in 1969 to support the U.S. defense industry and ensure supply of strategic material.
“We’re honored to have had the opportunity to showcase how American manufacturing continues to further U.S. innovation and impact industries globally,” said SCHOTT North America President Jim Gareau. “The products made here by SCHOTT’s highly specialized workforce are found in commercial aircraft, smartphones, and all kinds of advanced optical instruments around the world.”
As part of the event, SCHOTT exhibited equipment and processes for the fabrication of mission critical specialty glass applications: precision optical glass used in night vision goggles; laser glass used in large-scale projects for nuclear fusion research and for laser applications in medical technology markets; infrared glass used in defense products like thermal imaging cameras, diagnostic equipment or climatology satellites; and filter glass used in analytics or photography, among other applications. SCHOTT’s ZERODUR® material, which is used for example in gyroscopes that help airplanes remain stable during flight, is also manufactured at the site.
Duryea is also the home of the Center for Research, Technology and Development, which supports groundbreaking research in specialty glass. The development of award-winning laser glass in Duryea that plays an important role in world-renowned research projects like NIF represents one of our particularly impressive successes.
Nearly 200 experts in melting and processing glass work at SCHOTT Duryea.
A Broad North American Manufacturing Base
SCHOTT has invested more than $50 million in US manufacturing over the past five years, with half of that investment going toward improvements in Duryea.
SCHOTT North America, headquartered in Elmsford, NY, has 10 production sites and two sales offices in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with more than 2,000 employees. U.S. SCHOTT sites supply specialty glass for appliances such as electric cooktops, electronic packaging and fiber optic components for defense and electronics industries, and containers for high-value pharmaceuticals.
SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharma, electronics, optics, life sciences, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. With more than 15,500 employees at production sites and sales offices in 34 countries, the group has a global presence. In the 2017/2018 fiscal year, SCHOTT generated sales of around $2.5 billion.
Rina Della Vecchia
SCHOTT North America, Inc.
Gregory FCA on behalf of SCHOTT
SCHOTT employees discussing fabrication of infrared transmitting glasses with U.S. VP Pence and Commerce Secretary Ross