Berea Updates

This website is to keep Vitro automotive glass employees at Tipton, Berea, Crestline, Elkin and value-add sites apprised of our ongoing furloughs and our planned schedule for return to work.

May 1st UPDATE: 

Production Schedules

At this time, Value Add and Sidelight Lamination processes will not start before May 11th, and most customers have indicated that they may push startup until May 18th.  HR will contact all Vitro employees next week to confirm return dates and times, and explain COVID 19 training plans.

New Business

Some of you may have heard that Vitro’s Evart, Michigan facility is being closed.  This is correct, and the Value Added business from that plant is transferring to Berea.  We are currently installing 2 VA door lines that will start up in May.

Coronavirus Countermeasures

We continue to sanitize the facility and are developing plans to accommodate the CDC recommendations regarding appropriate distancing in work and break areas.

Before returning to work all employees will go through classroom training regarding our new policies, procedures, and PPE requirements.  This will be an approximately 30 minute mandatory review, scheduled in small groups to meet social distancing requirements.  Note – All employees are now required to wear cloth masks in the facility.  Masks will be provided by Vitro, but you are welcome to bring suitable masks from home if you wish.

Coronavirus Notification

If you have been diagnosed with coronavirus or have come in contact with others who have please contact HR for further instruction.

Our goal is to resume production as soon as we can maintain a safe workplace for our employees and when our customers begin building vehicles again.

Leadership Message

Dear Friends,

 

Thank you for visiting the site. I hope everyone is continuing to do well and staying safe. These are very difficult times across the country, and we look forward to returning to “normal” one day soon.

 

This continues to be a very difficult time, as well, for the U.S. auto industry. The economic impact from the coronavirus – on top of the existing challenges we faced and increased competition that flooded the market with too much glass –is creating devastating effects for many.

 

But I remain optimistic about our future. I believe we are taking the right steps to adjust to whatever “new normal” will emerge for our industry. We have great engineering and process talent and dedicated craftsmen. We have made wise investments in future technology that will be of tremendous value to our customers. I believe in Vitro and in our future.

 

We will continue to keep this site updated as we get more information about the return of the U.S. auto market and manufacturers’ plans for the future. I respect and appreciate all you do.

 

Sincerely,

 

Salvador Minarro 

President

Vitro Automotive Glass

“WARN” Notices

When Vitro issued furloughs in early March to employees, we fully planned to return to regular operations within weeks. We still fully plan to resume operations at some point – however, the economic downturn and the uncertain timeframe for the return of U.S. auto manufacturing is delaying our return-to-work plans.

 

Given this delay, we are mailing a notice to each employee – called a WARN Notice – which describes the need to extend our furloughs. Again, we fully intend at this point to return to regular operations at your location whenever the U.S. auto manufacturing market returns.

 

Unfortunately, at this point, our intended return to work may be a matter of months for some employees, rather than our original expectation of only weeks. The return of the U.S. auto market remains very unclear at this time.

 

We will continue to keep everyone apprised on our return-to-work plans as soon as we have more information.

 

Thank you.