Vitro Architectural Glass is closing its Salem, Ore., plant. According to Bill Haley, vice president of U.S. operations, the decision was made “after careful consideration of current and future market conditions and operational costs. Factors contributing to unfavorable economic conditions include building occupancy, inflationary pressure and the impact of high interest rates on commercial construction.”

Vitro Architectural Glass’ Salem, Oregon, location (4004 Fairview Industrial Dr. S.E.) will close due to unfavorable market conditions. Photo: Google Earth.

The company expects it to take several months to complete the facility closure. The location has 37 employees. Some are in the process of consideration for open positions at other Vitro facilities, according to Haley.

“Additionally, we have been working with the State of Oregon Employment Services and local companies who have shared openings,” he says.

The Salem, Ore., plant is a stand-alone facility that applies Magnetron Sputtering Vapor Deposition (MSVD) coatings to glass produced at Vitro float plants (which are also equipped with MSVD coating capabilities). It has been operating since 1997. Vitro is working directly with customers supplied by the Salem facility to arrange alternative logistics.

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