Oceanside Glasstile Manufacturer of the Month
Oceanside Glasstile Manufacturer – Glass Twinkles over the Horizon
2017 will be known as the year that Oceanside Glasstile made serious waves in the world of art glass manufacturing. As Spectrum announced their imminent closure in May of 2016, we at Ed Hoy’s were saddened to see a great company leaving the industry. The palette of colors that artists could draw from had been diminished and the art world would be lesser for it.
When the news came that Oceanside Glasstile would be acquiring the intellectual property, assets and technical knowledge of Spectrum, we were overjoyed. Spectrum Glass would return to the workshops and studios of glass artists.
Acquiring Spectrum would not be the only time that Oceanside Glasstile kept a range of glass colors from fading into obscurity: Uroboros announced their own closure within a few months and after some deliberation, it’s CEO chose Oceanside Glasstile to continue the company line. Though their doors shuttered in Portland after increasing regulatory pressure and the associated additional costs, Uroboros is not gone. Like the ancient symbol that they had taken as their namesake, Uroboros Glass is in the process of transforming its end into a new beginning.
GLIMMER OF HOPE
With each additional line, Oceanside Glasstile’s facility in Tijuana has swelled to accommodate the increased need for machinery and talent. The factory stands almost as a physical symbol of Oceanside Glasstile’s growth. Workers labor to build out the facility even as equipment rolls in from Spectrum and Uroboros’ Portland factories. Oceanside Glasstile’s personnel tapped knowledge at the source by being trained directly by Spectrum and Uroboros staff. Top minds at both companies also joined the Oceanside Glasstile team to ensure that new glass sheets rolling out of the factory would maintain the high quality that built Spectrum and Uroboros into great names.
As glass has begun to flow along the conveyor belt it is awe-inspiring to think of the effort mobilized to bring that glass along. Seventy truckloads of equipment travelling over 1,000 miles just to bring the machinery. Greatly expanded infrastructure and new construction to house them. Weeks of training and instruction for employees (to ensure continuity of process). All of this coming to a head as the softly glowing glass rolls along the belt.
We love that the world still has Spectrum and Uroboros in it, and thrilled that so many people love glass enough to keep it here.
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