Following the fire that broke out at Schott’s Duryea plant last week, Schott North America has thanked all the firemen, paramedics and the Duryea community that responded to the emergency.

Departments from Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties were on the scene within minutes and stayed for several hours in frigid temperatures until the fire was fully extinguished.

They were supported by many neighbours and local community volunteers who provided food and warming tents.

The Chairman of the Board of Management of the Schott Group, Dr. Frank Heinricht, and the Plant Manager, Michael Brown, expressed their gratitude:

“We are glad that everybody is safe. The fire companies have done a tremendous job in containing the fire and keeping it from spreading.

“We are very grateful for their dedication and heroism in dealing with the situation and also for the great support shown to us by the local community.”

Schott is working to bring the Duryea plant back to operations as soon as possible, and several departments are to restart operations soon.

First shipments are going out to customers, information systems are back in operation, and the general clean-up is underway.

“A task force is working on a recovery plan. It is too early to estimate the cost or give a date when the reconstruction will be finished,” Brown said.

The Company will provide updates as information becomes available.