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PPG Declares Force Majeure for Glass in Western U.S., Canada 

September 14th, 2015 by DWM Magazine 

PPG Industries has had production issues at its Fresno, Calif., flat glass manufacturing facility since the end of August, and it isn’t exactly sure when things will get back to normal.

The company announced Thursday it has declared a force majeure on the production of architectural, residential and specialty glass products for customers in western U.S. and Canada because of “unanticipated mechanical production issues” at the location.

According to the Business Dictionary, force majeure is a “standard clause found in construction and supply contracts” that “exempts the contracting parties from fulfilling their contractual obligations for causes that could not be anticipated and/or are beyond their control.”

“We are working to solve mechanical issues at the facility that are prohibiting production and affecting our ability to meet customers’ demands at this time,” says Richard Beuke, PPG vice president of flat glass.

The company has been unable to produce glass at the facility since August 30 and has no timeline for restoring production of commercial-grade glass at the location.

“PPG is working diligently to minimize disruptions to our customers by supplying glass from other manufacturing facilities and bringing the Fresno facility back into safe operation as soon as possible,” says Beuke.

PPG could not provide additional details as of press time, according to Mark Silvey, PPG corporate communications.

The Fresno plant, which has been in operation since 1967, produces flat and tempered glass for the residential and commercial construction markets. It employs 140 people and is one of the company’s key manufacturing facilities, along with its Carlisle, Pa., and Wichita Falls, Texas, locations. The company’s Mount Zion, Ill., facility was sold last year.