Hurricane Alex Interrupts Operations at Two Vitro Auto Glass Facilities in Mexico
July 8, 2010

Hurricane Alex has caused flooding and damage at several Vitro manufacturing facilities, including two of its four auto glass manufacturing facilities, according to a company statement.

However, the company says no impact to customers is expected.

"Nevertheless, because of the current inventory levels and measures taken to restore production in the next days, the company expects that the impact to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) clients will be minimized and that the impact for our domestic auto glass replacement clients would be null," writes the company in a written statement provided to™/AGRR magazine.

The impacted facilities are in the municipality of Garcia, which is located in the State of Nuevo Leon.

The company currently is taking steps to determine the magnitude of the damages, according to the statement.

In addition to the two impacted auto glass facilities, two of Vitro's three float glass plants were damaged as well.

"The company's strong cash position and the fact that the affected facilities were insured for such kind of events should facilitate a prompt recovery," adds Vitro. "However, Vitro will still need to fully assess the financial impact of this occurrence."

Hurricane Alex hit the Mexico coastline around June 30, but has since been downgraded to a tropical depression.

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