Vitro Architectural Glass said that it will lay off 88 employees in the first quarter of 2024 as it reconfigures a raw-glass production line at its Carlisle plant.
The company released the number in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification letter to the state Department of Labor & Industry, after news about the production line was announced. According to the WARN notice, the layoffs have an effective date of Jan. 15, 2024.
After line 1 at the plant at 400 Park Drive, South Middleton Township, is shut down, it will be reconfigured to produce solar panel glass for First Solar. Vitro secured a second contract with First Solar, expected to generate additional sales of $1.3 billion on top of an initial $1.2 billion contract.
“The immediate reason for idling the line in Carlisle is due to current and projected market conditions,” Vitro spokesman Thomas Meston said in an email. “Fortunately, we have future business for the line and will be rebuilding it to produce glass for solar panel(s) … . The line will start back up in 2025.”
He said laid-off employees retain recall rights and will be contacted first as job openings arise, including in 2025 with the restart of the line. “We are also making job postings at our other sites available to employees, should they be interested and willing to relocate.”
Line 2 at Carlisle will continue to manufacture a wide range of products for Vitro’s commercial and residential glass customers, including Vitro Starphire Ultra-Clear glass. Vitro will invest about $180 million to revamp its Carlisle and Meadville facilities for First Solar production.
“We thoroughly analyzed our current operations and assessed future production demands to ensure that we can continue to reliably serve our current customers, while also accommodating this new