Made in the USA
Made in the USA 
Borosilicate Glass Manufacturer of Lenses, Reflectors, Refractors

Celebrating Our Community and Our Country

by JSG20. September 2013 11:36

When you’re an American manufacturer who’s truly proud of your industry, and grateful to your customers, sometimes the best thing you can do is get out there, interact, and bring your attention back to your home town.

As an example of this, we are truly excited to be attending the Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival this September 27th-29th. While this will be our first year attending, the festival is an annual celebration of our area’s glass making tradition and ethnic diversity, and serves as a true showcase for a great American industry.

As luck would have it, the festival takes place right before Manufacturing Day, which is being held on October 4th—a celebration of American manufacturing and an opportunity for the nation’s manufacturers to showcase what they do and educate the public on both the industry as a whole and their individual roles within it. As proud American manufacturers in the glass industry, we will be combining the two celebrations, and we can’t wait to do so!

While we work with companies throughout the country, this will give us an opportunity to bring it back locally while giving people a true idea of what we do. We’ll simultaneously have the opportunity to support community involvement, while creating awareness of the value of American manufacturing. We recognize that customers are returning their business from overseas, and we want to show our appreciation for this—as well as our appreciation for our community and the wonderful people who are part of it.

We can’t wait to celebrate our industry, our community, our customers, and our country through these two great events—and we can’t wait to make new friends. We look forward to seeing you then!

Celebrating Being a Part of Made in America

by JSG28. August 2013 18:33

Take a look around you—have you ever wondered what processes, materials, and choices went in to manufacturing a particular product you now own? Or, better yet, where that product was manufactured and if it is indeed “Made in the USA”?

This is precisely the scenario National Manufacturing Day – this year on October 4th—looks to answer with its promotion of manufacturing here in the United States. As businesses are beginning to bring manufacturing back to America and local communities are trying to attract more business in its areas, many manufacturers across the country will be participating in bringing focus back on manufacturing. Some will open their facilities and show off their plants, and others will spread the word and showcase how and why American manufacturing is back and necessary.

As American manufacturers ourselves, we certainly know the benefits of American-made products, including the high quality, short lead times, customer service, and pride. There is an ease to working with other U.S. manufacturers, for not only is it beneficial to the economy, but it allows for easier communication and more open access throughout the production process. Our customers can certainly understand that firsthand; we have developed a new design and development process in order to monitor the needs from a customer or a demand in the industry. Our manufacturers and engineers are able to work directly with the customers to create the best product quality-wise with the best yield on their site. The customers are a part of the production process from the conception of the product all the way to completion. It’s a service we are happy to provide to our customers, and the manufacturing assistance we have received from our community has allowed us to create new products and product design. So, on this Manufacturing Day, it will be no surprise that we’ll be celebrating—we hope you do too!

The Post-Sandy Road to Recovery

by JSG31. July 2013 11:02

When Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Northeast this past fall, it left unimaginable devastation in its wake. Cities and communities were washed out and the effects of it were—to many in its path—a disaster. 

Some of those storm-related statistics, according to this article, are:

  • Businesses in the affected areas lost a combined $25,000,000,000
  • 8,100,000 homes lost power in 17 states
  • Sandy’s diameter measured 820 miles when it touched down in Atlantic City
  • New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island residents were forced to ration gas for 15, 11, and 9 days, respectively

However, out of disasters, help and heroism often emerge. The road to recovery is far from its end, but people are still fervently rebuilding—and helping each other rebuild. Recently, volunteers from as far as Colorado, working for Habitat for Humanity, arrived in Bergen County, NJ, to clean up, repair, and rebuild homes damaged in the storm.

President Obama, when visiting the Jersey Shore on Memorial Day, stated “Now, we all understand there’s still a lot of work to be done…there are homes to rebuild. There are businesses to reopen. But thanks to the hard work of an awful lot of people, we’ve got wonderful shops and restaurants and arcades that are opening their doors.”

We’ve seen it personally at Jeannette Specially Glass. We’ve had a huge amount of customers coming to us in need of large quantities of our Rodeo Drive product line for industrial and commercial outdoor lighting. They are replacing lighting throughout parks, city streets, and recreation areas around the region, following the devastation the storm wrought on their areas’ lighting.

As such, we are grateful that all of these customers from Pennsylvania and surrounding regions are choosing to support local, “Made in the USA” businesses, and we are proud and happy to provide them with the quality products they deserve.

While there’s still much to be done, we know everyone will come out ahead as we all continue to rebuild. 

Industry has been Showing Up

by JSG11. July 2013 09:18

Lights, camera, action…it has certainly felt like that for us here at Jeannette Specialty Glass recently, as we have been attending a few industry trade shows this spring. It’s always intriguing for us not only to showcase our products, but to see what our colleagues are working on, as well as learn about any new and emerging technologies that will certainly impact the industry.

Back in April, we attended the LightFair in Philadelphia, where new plasma companies were attending and exhibiting. At the show, we learned of a new lighting invention that is sure to become the industry’s newest and biggest trend. As plasma lighting is brighter than any other lighting source and is more energy efficient than even LED, it certainly looks as if plasma will become the “it” lighting source—especially as it is becoming more cost-effective. Why are we excited about this prospect? With the way energy is pushed through the lighting source, the plasma gives off more heat. If the wave of the lighting future, plasma will adapt well to our glass lighting options since our glass can withstand heat and thermal shock! Not only is the prospect of plasma lighting eliciting excitement through the industry, but so is the act of re-shoring—at the show, we were all able to see how much business is coming back to the States!

Later on, we attended the Kitchen & Bath Show that took place in New Orleans. While we took a year off in exhibiting this year, since we are busy working on a new product design development, we were excited to see the newest and latest in kitchen and bath designs. We even learned that there has been a 10% increase for home sales and the home improvement industry increasing, with a 20% increase for the kitchen and bath sector! There is even more of a buzz for next year’s show—as an industry first, the kitchen and bath industries (including showroom and retail outlets) will be exhibiting aside the home building industry (contractors and builders). We are looking forward to that event!

With these trends and tidbits we uncovered at our spring trade shows, we are certainly looking forward to the future of the industry and what else is in store!

Behind the Scenes: A Look at our Athena Award Winner

by JSG26. June 2013 09:58

Here's another congratulations to our CEO, Kathleen Sarniak, on her Athena Award achievement! For a closer look at Kathleen's professional life, here is a brief bio we presented:

Kathleen Sarniak has improved the quality of life of others in both her profession and volunteer efforts.  As acting CEO of Jeannette Specialty Glass Kathleen strongly believes in product diversification which has allowed the company to not only survive but grow in these economic times.  This has enabled increased employment concentrated in the local community.  Each employee is looked upon as a family member with respect and compassion working through family situations when needed.  She goes the extra mile to ensure that her employees not only take home a paycheck but goes above and beyond the expectations of a CEO and truly cares about the health and well-being of her employees.  Her executive leadership has trickled down to others within the company to encourage everyone to plan for the future not just today.  Our goal as a company is to continue to grow and to think outside the box so we grow no matter what the economy is experiencing.  Kathleen believes in internal training and promotes from within, encouraging a career mentality.  Jeannette Specialty Glass is a family owned business, one in which Kathleen makes everyone feel a member of.

Kathleen’s community participation is widespread.  Kathleen currently serves on the Westmorland Cultural Trust board of directors and is on the Power Link Advisory Board for Alpine Packaging.  She is a former board member of The Blackburn Center, an agency against domestic and sexual violence, a board member of Seton Hill University Alumni Association and the Farrell Center for Innovation in Business at Seton Hill University.  She is a member of Women’s Presidents Organization (WPO), SMC Business Council, and Pittsburgh Tech Council and a previous member of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way. Kathleen has served as a panelist for E-Magnify on such topics as “How to Build a Million Dollar Business” and “How to Grow Your Business in a Down Trending Economy”.  Kathleen also actively supports Westmoreland Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Ballet and the Westmoreland County Humane Society. She is a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and has volunteered her time and talents with local charities to raise funds and awareness.

Interested in more information about all of the Athena Award winners? See the website and congratulate all of them!


When it Comes to the Manufacturing Industry, Women are Taking Over

by JSG7. June 2013 16:52

If you have read up on the state of manufacturing recently, it would come as no surprise that the growing involvement of women in manufacturing is certainly gaining attention. According to this article, some local companies are seeing an expansion of female workers in industry, and they expect the number to increase in the next few years. As a woman-owned company, we have certainly seen this trend grow, especially in our region, and we are excited to see recognition for these women who are moving up in the ranks of manufacturing and business.

Our own CEO, Kathleen Sarniak, was recently honored as one of the top women in business in the Pittsburgh region, known as Business Women First held by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Being recognized for her leadership and dedication to business in the region, Kathleen has shown great foresight with our company, helping to develop the business and diversify the product line over the years. This is in addition to her being awarded the Athena Award earlier in the year. For Jeannette Specialty Glass, it is great to be a part of a woman-led company that is leading the industry and growing trend of women in manufacturing by example. For other women looking to break into manufacturing and industry, we hope that our success proves to be an advocate for them in learning different trades and expanding in the workforce.

As this article shows, the number of women in industry can still be higher than it currently is—the ratio of men to women in STEM industries is still disproportionate. Although young girls and women are excelling in STEM subjects, they aren’t all necessarily choosing a STEM industry for a career. Knowing firsthand the development and success these women can find in manufacturing, we hope to see the number continue to grow in the near future—and we hope women can take our business as an example and mentor for theirs!


JSG: A Member of the Green Movement

by JSG30. April 2013 16:08

Go green! A popular mantra recently, being “green” or sustainable has become increasingly important throughout industry. As we just passed Earth Day, we are seeing sustainable options stressed more and more. Here at JSG, we want to take part in this movement, ensuring that all of our materials and products meet proper environmentally-friendly standards.

How green is our “Hard Roc” glass? Here’s a quick look at the main earth-friendly points of our business:

  • Recyclable materials: Our borosilicate glass is comprised of recycled materials and is, in turn, recyclable itself. In fact, most of our kitchen and bath sinks, as well as glass tiles, are manufactured from recycled glass.
  • Landfill safe: Since the glass is non-porous, it is hygienic and safe for the environment. Additionally, the colorations and compositions of the glass are not hazardous materials. Therefore, if we produce glass that doesn’t meet our quality standards, we can easily crush it down and recycle it for new products.
  • Lead-free: While other materials are made with chemicals or paints, our glass is clear of these extra hazards, including lead.

A main goal of our company is to ensure our manufacturing is environmentally-safe, not only for our sake, but for our customers who want to remain green as well. It is important to us to meet and exceed various industry standards and manufacture products that are eco-friendly. How will you be celebrating the green movement? 

We have been awarded the Athena Award!

by JSG10. April 2013 12:38

Jeannette Specialty Glass is very pleased to announce that our very own, Kathleen Sarniak, CEO has been presented with the Athena Award by the Seton Hill University’s E-Magnify women’s business center.  This award is presented to a woman who devotes time and energy to improve quality of life for others, mentors other women to reach full leadership potential, and demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business or profession.

We encourage you to join us in congratulating and celebrating with Kathleen on this prestigious recognition.  Please visit to attend this local event!


Reasons why Glass Should be your Go-to Material

by JSG3. April 2013 09:38

Glass, plastic, metal, or porcelain? For many, deciding what material to use when looking for a specific product or part can be a difficult decision. You need to determine what material best fits your needs and the end use of your application, while maintaining durability and stability. As borosilicate glass manufacturers, we encourage our customers to choose our “Hard Roc” glass for its range of characteristics. We want to use our experience to answer your question: Why use glass?

In our experience, our “Hard Roc” glass is often paired against soda lime glass, stainless steel, copper, porcelain, or plastics, depending, of course, on our customer’s final application. Although the characteristics of borosilicate glass remain the same despite the application, let’s break it down one by one.

Borosilicate glass vs. soda lime glass: First, which type of glass is best? As we mentioned in a previous blog post, borosilicate glass offers a stronger and more durable option than soda lime. Why? Borosilicate glass is IAPMO certified, and thermal shock (heat), scratch, impact, and stain resistant. Soda lime, on the other hand, does not possess these qualities, limiting its use. Worried about the appearance of the glass? With borosilicate glass, your products can be manufactured in a range of colorations and thicknesses. Soda lime glass, though, can lose its coloring, develop hard water stains or spotting, and crack if placed in high temperatures or invasive environments.

Borosilicate glass vs. stainless steel or copper: Glass often comes up against stainless steel or copper when in conversation about kitchen sinks. Stainless steel and copper are prone to scratching while borosilicate glass is strong enough to withstand cracks, while still allowing for a beautiful finish.

Borosilicate glass vs. porcelain: Porcelain is a popular material choice when it comes to bathroom sinks. A downside of using porcelain, though, is its tendency to stain. Borosilicate, however, meets a variety of testing requirements and is proven to be stain and chemical resistant, especially when it pertains to dyes.

Borosilicate glass vs. plastic: Mostly, we see this comparison in our industrial lighting division. While plastic can degrade and yellow over time, as well as prove to be more costly long term, our borosilicate glass provides a crystal clear color with a “going green” option and will last for a longer period of time, as it won’t weather down.

Although your end use of a product will certainly determine what material should be used in the manufacturing process, we have seen a great amount of success with glass – especially our borosilicate glass – in a variety of applications. Glass: 1, Other materials: 0. 

Looking Forward with JSG!

by JSG28. February 2013 11:58

Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Major retail accounts. 10 year anniversary. OEM kitchen supply line. What do all of these have in common with one another? They are all going to be connected to Jeannette Specialty Glass in 2013!

As the new year gets underway, we are looking forward to new projects ahead, as well as continuing to build on the success of our Manufacturer of the Year award. What do we have planned? First, we are excited to announce our partnership with Bed, Bath, & Beyond! Bed, Bath, & Beyond will be showcasing our glass tabletop and sink products on their website, a project we have been working hard on for the past two years! We have also been working with many large retail accounts to offer our specialty glass kitchen and bathroom sinks and tabletop products throughout stores nationwide. As we work hard on this endeavor, we are also planning on expanding internationally. Specifically, we are working closely with an Australian company and looking further into the Canadian and European markets for our kitchen and bath products.

That’s not all we have scheduled for this new year. In the celebration of our kitchen and bath division’s tenth anniversary, we are revamping this division by introducing a new vanity furniture piece in addition to the development of a private label OEM kitchen supply line. Are you looking for something slightly different than what we currently offer? We have made it a resolution to work on new projects and pieces for new and existing customers alike!

What better way to kick off the year than with a slew of new and interesting projects? As the year progresses, we hope to cut costs for our customers, help increase productivity in manufacturing, offer more green options, and become an even stronger company and manufacturer!


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