Wichita Falls, TX Glass Plant
Located in the North East Plains area of North Texas, the Vitro Architectural Glass plant in Wichita Falls manufactures flat glass for use in both residential and commercial markets. The plant produces Vitro’s Sungate® low-e glass and Solarban® solar control low-e glass, as well as several other products.
Since operations began in 1974, the Wichita Falls plant team has been dedicated to quality float glass and coating operations, and have produced glass for some of the most iconic buildings.
At the heart of the Wichita Falls plant are two float glass lines, one of which is oxy-fuel based. The oxy-fuel-based line provides significantly improved energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Both lines utilize automatic, camera-based inspection systems that help to ensure product quality and consistency.
The plant currently operates one coating line, and a new jumbo magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition (MSVD) glass coater is currently under construction. Slated to be the largest of its kind in North America, the new coater will be capable of producing glass in standard sizes of 130-by-204 inches, with larger sizes available for special orders.
Vitro Glass and the city of Wichita Falls were recognized 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, which has reduced potable water consumption at the facility by more than 50 million gallons per year. The project, which was implemented during extreme drought conditions in 2014 and 2015, included construction of a 1-million-gallon reservoir to store non-potable water on-site, as well as the rerouting of rinse water for a glass coater and washer.
Plant Type: Float & Coated Glass Operations
7400 Central Freeway North
Wichita Falls, TX
Year Opened: 1974
Business Unit: Flat Glass
Plant Overview: The Vitro Architectural Glass plant in Wichita Falls, Texas, manufactures flat glass for use in the residential and commercial markets. Product range includes both Sungate® low-e glass and Solarban® solar control low-e glass, as well as several other products.
Contact: Robert Baxter, Plant Manager
U.S. Congressional District: TX-13
State Senate: TX-30
State House: TX-69
Closest Airport: Dallas, Texas (DFW)