Gaming Money Helps Glass Company

By Andrew Forgotch |

Published 08/26 2014 06:16PM

Updated 08/26 2014 08:06PM

Duryea, Luzerne County - Schott, which has its research and development in Duryea, makes laser glass for the worlds most powerful lasers.

Thanks to a $100,000 grant money the list of things they make has gotten a little longer.

"We've developed a material called a controlled porous glass," Jim Stein, Vice President of Government Affairs at Schott, said.

The glass can withstand heat for supersonic planes.

Developers said it's also being used to help make medications used to treat things like cancer and lupus.

"You start by growing the drug inside the cells," Eric Urruti, Vice President of Research and Development at Schott, said. "Now you have millions of molecules in there and you've got to find the drug that works. Our glass is used in purifying of the drug."

Part of the company's investment came from a $100,000 state grant, which came from casino revenue.

"It's very important for the community to help Schott out like this," Duryea Mayor, Keith Moss said. "(It helps) bring more technology in the area and keep jobs coming into Duryea."

The facility in Duryea is the only place in the country right now making the porous glass. Company officials told Eyewitness that casino revenue is a big reason for that.

"Because that's happening here it allows us to expand to places we couldn't expand before," Michael Brown, Director of Operations at Schott in Duryea, said. "And stretch a little bit of our manufacturing footprint. We believe that's paving the way for future jobs."

Officials add that they're ramping up their manufacturing of the porous glass and have already hired a handful of workers.

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