Glasstech Hosts Federal and State Government
Leaders to Discuss Innovative Technologies and Solar Energy
June 26, 2009
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland
recently visited Glasstech Inc. in Perrysburg, Ohio. Accompanied
by Mark D. Christman, Glasstech president and chief executive officer,
Secretary Solis and Gov. Strickland viewed a variety of the company's
bending and tempering systems in operation at its research and development
Christman used the opportunity to explain Glasstech's recent move
to develop systems specifically for the burgeoning solar energy
market. According to a company announcement, these systems are based
on Glasstech's production-proven automotive and architectural bending
and tempering technologies.
"The visit focused national attention on Glasstech,"
Christman says. "It also gave us the opportunity to discuss
with Governor Strickland [our company's] application for funding
to enable us to produce systems for demonstration purposes here
in our Perrysburg facility. The governor was attentive and indicated
he would support our application."
In 2008, Glasstech formed a new business unit to formalize its
ongoing activities to meet the solar energy industry's demand for
flat and bent glass substrates. The firm's systems can be used for
the fabrication of bent glass substrates for concentrated solar
power products (CSP) and extremely flat panels for photovoltaics
According to Christman, "Just like in the automotive industry,
the glass substrates used in solar energy are sophisticated and
require repeatability, tight specifications, innovation and cost
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