Evansville auto-glass plant to close; hundreds will lose jobs


VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The closure at the Pittsburgh Glass Works plant in northern Vanderburgh County will cost 360 people their jobs.

UAW Local 3059 President Tom Wright said the plant will start reducing workers by the end of July. 

“The news today it has been coming for six or seven months,” Wright said. “You know there has been a definite downturn in the industry and then issues we have in the plant have caused a lot of volume loss as far as the company has in the industry, multiple factors have led up to it.” 

Workers had just returned back to the plant this week after being off for several weeks due to the pandemic.

Pittsburgh Glass Works or PGW, is a division of Vitro Automotive, which makes automotive glass. The company released a statement late Friday saying officials had been working on a turnaround plan for the Evansville Plant since 2019.

According to the Vitro’s statement, the company had previously announced the closure of two production lines. In mid-April, Vitro advised employees of the possibility of closing the remaining lines, given the growing severity of the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic and impacts on U.S. auto manufacturing.

“This is a very challenging time, and a very difficult decision for our company,” said Vitro Automotive President Salvador Minarro. “We will ensure support to our employees and families through this time.”

A WARN notice is expected to be filed with the State of Indiana by Monday. The plant will close all operations and shut down by the end of the year.

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(This story was originally published on May 29, 2020)

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