The Road Ahead: An Update for Our Customers
FOR RELEASE May 18, 2016—Recently, Spectrum Glass Company announced it will be closing operations in the next few months. We are saddened for the employees, customers, and the art glass industry.
We want you to know that Bullseye Glass is here for you now and intends to be for many years to come. However, there are difficult challenges ahead for us and for the entire art glass industry, and your continued support over the next four months is critical.
With new knowledge about air quality in Portland, Bullseye is taking action to improve our glassmaking processes. We are working tirelessly to install filtration systems and look forward to being the cleanest art glass manufacturer in the United States. Our commitment is steadfast to ensure our manufacturing process remains safe for our employees, customers, neighbors, and the community in general.
We support stronger regulation of air toxics, applied consistently to all local businesses. We are on track to meet new standards in the coming months.
Some colors are currently suspended from production while we acquire, install, and test new equipment. These colors are made with cadmium (used for bright yellows, oranges, and reds) and chromium (used for greens). We plan to have an additional furnace for making cadmium glasses in early June, and we also plan to have the ability to produce glasses containing chromium in early August, at which time the required controls will be in place and functioning.
If you are unable to source green glass in the meantime, we have created some test tiles to help you find other ways to make green.
We sincerely appreciate the support we have received from artists and studios around the world as we strive to adapt to these new regulations.