stained glass in the industry, Spectrum is saying farewell. Not only does this make me sad, but this shocking fact also scares me. A lot. At BHSS,
Spectrum glass makes up 95% of the glass we use because of both of these attributes. In a press release sent to clients in May of 2016, the company says, "“The decision to close our doors has been extraordinarily difficult. We
postponed it for as long as possible, and arrived at this conclusion only after
immense consideration. However, due to several factors, it’s no longer
financially feasible for Spectrum Glass to continue to operate." Their
production will end in July. Hopefully soon, Spectrum will figure out a way to
delegate the various product lines among other glass manufacturers. The glass companies that I will now have to go to would be Wissmach and Armstrong.
Both of these places offer glass on the low end of pricing, while still allowing for good cut-ability. Other companies, like Kokomo, Bullseye and Uroboros are
still a bit too high end to be used by our students.
Glass companies in general are being hit hard by new EPA regulations, as
many places that produce glass have been unintentionally allowing toxic
chemicals to enter the soils around the factories. The companies have to
switch to more environmentally-sound production techniques in order to
continue doing business. Let's hope this wrinkle in our craft industry gets
ironed out soon.