365 Days into the Future of Glass

Review our year of unprecedented glass milestones

In October 2016, Vitro Glass acquired PPG Flat Glass to create the largest glass producer in the Western Hemisphere.
Today, Vitro Architectural Glass is exclusively dedicated to glass innovation and fueled by the same people, plants and products that made PPG Glass one of the industry’s most respected and reliable commercial glass manufacturers.

Realizing the Future of Glass
Now operating under a global company exclusively committed to growing its core glass business, Vitro Architectural Glass has already begun to realize our promise of accelerated research and development efforts, in addition to greater capacity, in years to come. 


Our Year in Review


October 2016

Vitro S.A.B. de D.V. acquires PPG’s former Flat Glass business and introduces Vitro Architectural Glass.

October 2016

Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. announces that it will construct a $55 million jumbo MSVD coater, which will be the largest of its kind in North America.

November 2016

Vitro Architectural Glass is honored with an R&D 100 Award for Solarban® 90 glass, the industry’s first quad-silver-coated solar control low-e glass.

December 2016

Vitro S.A.B. de D.V. announces an agreement to acquire Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW), the former OEM automotive glass business unit of PPG, from LKQ Corporation.

January 2017

Vitro Architectural Glass launches Sungate® 460 glass, a clear passive low-e glass that enables residential window manufacturers to achieve “Equivalent Energy Performance Values” for residential insulating glass units (IGUs) in the ENERGY STAR® 6.0 certification standard.

February 2017

Vitro Architectural Glass announces the selection of its Wichita Falls, Texas, plant as the site of its new jumbo MSVD coater, which will enable the company to produce high-performing, energy-efficient low-e glasses in the larger sizes desired by today’s building designers.

March 2017

Vitro Architectural Glass introduces Solarban® 90 glass to the residential market, offering award-winning performance and technology previously available only to the commercial building market.

March 2017

Vitro Architectural Glass launches VitroGlazings.com, a rebranded version of the popular legacy PPGIdeaScapes.com web site, retaining all of its most popular content, features and specification tools.

March 2017

Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. completes the acquisition of Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW), renewing a relationship that had historically enabled PPG’s former architectural and automotive glass businesses to successfully develop and transfer new glass and coating technologies to the benefit of all glass customers.

April 2017

The Wichita Falls, Texas, plant operated by Vitro Architectural Glass is cited as a national model for water reclamation for a $1.9 million project that diverts treated non-potable wastewater from the city’s Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant to seven glass-cooling towers operated by Vitro Glass.

May 2017

Vitro Architectural Glass breaks ground on its new jumbo MSVD coater in Wichita Falls, Texas.

June 2017

Vitro Architectural Glass posts an online Guide to LEED®, a new specification tool that helps architects understand how their projects can earn LEED credits when they use products manufactured by Vitro Glass.

July 2017

Vitro Architectural Glass becomes the first glass manufacturer in North America to publish third-party-verified, product-specific Type III Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its flat glass and processed glass products.

August 2017

Vitro Architectural Glass introduces architects and designers to its first Specialty Glass Product Kit featuring Starphire Ultra-Clear® Glass and a collection of compatible specialty products including Walker Textures® by Walker Glass and OPACI-COAT-300® coatings by ICD High Performance Coatings.

September 2017

Vitro Architectural Glass helps sponsor the International Living Future Institute’s (IFLI’s) Living Product Expo in Pittsburgh, an annual event that brings together the leading minds in the product industry to revolutionize the way materials are designed, manufactured and delivered.

September 2017

Vitro Architectural Glass previews new Sungate® 700 glass at GlassBuild America 2017. Available in early 2018, Sungate® 700 glass is a dual utility low-e glass that can be used as a traditional passive solar low-e coating on surface #3 of a double-pane IGU, or as a room-side coating on surface #4, behind a solar control low-e coating on surface #2 for exceptional U-value improvement.