Pittsburgh Glass Works facility in Tipton is sold

A sale that includes the Pittsburgh Glass Works manufacturing facility in Tipton has been finalized.

Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V., a leading North American glass producer headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico, announced Wednesday it has acquired Pittsburgh Glass Works’ automotive original equipment manufacturer glass business from LKQ Corp.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PGW operates seven manufacturing plants — including Tipton, Meadville and East Deer in Pennsylvania — two satellite facilities and two float glass furnaces in the U.S.

It also has a manufacturing plant in Poland and owns an equity participation in two joint ventures, one each in Mexico and China.

The acquisition, combined with the purchase of PPG’s former flat glass business completed last October, expands Vitro’s float glass manufacturing and fabrication facilities. The transaction solidifies the company’s position as the leading glass manufacturer in North America.

Adrian Sada Cueva, CEO of Vitro, said the addition of PGW’s original equipment business will enable the company to serve a greater number of customers in the automotive glass business and increase its global coverage.

Joe Stas, chief executive officer of PGW, said, “Vitro has a sterling reputation throughout the industry as a highly competent and capable glass manufacturer, based on more than a century of glass-making experience across the automotive, architectural and glass container industries. By harnessing the strength of a newly expanded workforce and their technical capabilities, Vitro is committed to creating a next-generation auto glass company focused on innovation and world-class customer service,” Stas said in a statement.

The combined automotive glass business will unite its research and development capabilities with those of Vitro Architectural Glass, PPG’s former flat glass business unit. The combined staff of engineers and scientists will work primarily at the Vitro Glass Technology Center in Harmar Township near Pittsburgh.