Furnace work due at Zeledyne plant

The glass maker will temporarily shut a furnace line. The Zeledyne automotive glass-making plant will shut down its T1 furnace line for an overhaul by the end of the year, a company spokeswoman says.

Details on how much the furnace rebuild would cost were not available, but this year's rebuild of the T2 line at the former Ford glass plant cost about $30 million, according to reports. Ford Motor Co. paid for that rebuild, but new owner Robert Price promised to spend about $100 million updating the 1.4 million-square-foot Tulsa facility when he bought it from Ford's Automotive Components Holdings LLC in a deal that closed earlier this year.

The two furnaces can produce several hundred tons of automotive and architectural glass per day, according to reports.

The nation's economic slowdown has given Zeledyne a little breathing room to rebuild the furnace.

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