The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) has welcomed Stoelzle Glass Group and Special Shapes Refractory Company (SSRC) as its newest members.

Scott DeFife, President of GPI, said: “It is always exciting to welcome new members who are integral to every step of the glass manufacturing process, from manufacturers to refractories.

“Stoelzle and GPI will focus on bolstering the spirits packaging industry and promoting glass produced at their new Pennsylvania plant.

"SSRC and GPI will focus on improvements for necessary machinery and equipment used inside glass manufacturing plants. “

Stoelzle Glass Group has more than 200 years of expertise as a manufacturer of high-end glass containers for the prestige spirits, pharmaceutical, and food industry as well as for perfumery and cosmetic goods.

Stoelzle recently acquired the former Anchor-Hocking plant in Monaca, PA and has plans to further invest in the North American glass industry.

August Grupp, President of Stoelzle Glass USA and Head of the Spirits Business Unit, said: “We look forward to building on our joint impact on the local and global community.

"Glass is a vital resource to us all, and one of our biggest current focuses is our target to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve CO2 neutrality at all Stoelzle production plants by 2050. We look forward to partnering with GPI to shine a light on this important goal.”

Special Shapes Refractory Company (SSRC) manufactures engineered precast refractory shapes and un-shaped monolithic refractory products, key components for the glass manufacturing industry.

Bob Hunter, Director of Sales and Marketing at SSRC, said: “We met and established new relationships with many C-level executives whom we rarely interact with during our sales calls, site visits and communications. We look forward to realising many more benefits from joining the GPI.”