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Borosilicate Glass Manufacturer of Lenses, Reflectors, Refractors

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!


Wish our CEO luck!

by JSG13. February 2013 09:36

Pittsburgh Business Times’ announces the winners of their 2013 “Women in Business” awards, with Kathleen Sarniak, CEO of Jeannette Specialty Glass, joining that list.  Kathleen’s passion and drive has led her company to its success in a downtrend economy.  Her creative edge and product diversification allowed Jeannette Specialty Glass to thrive and compete with new glass products for all industries.   The list consists of the regions most prominent Women Business Owners and CEO’s from all industries.  They are leaders, mentors, and inspirations to their local community and business colleagues.  These women assist in small business growth and serving on boards or help in running nonprofits.  Winners were carefully selected from a pool of nominees by a group of judges.  The award ceremony will take place on March 14th at the Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh.


JSG is Manufacturer of the Year!

by JSG8. January 2013 15:14

The Pittsburgh Business Times’ Manufacturer of the Year is…..Jeannette Specialty Glass!

We are beyond thrilled to announce that we were presented with Pittsburgh Business Times’ Manufacturer of the Year for the category of 50-99 employees for 2012. This recognition marks our continued success as an American manufacturer. It has been a wonderful opportunity for us not only to be recognized as a local business and a top performer in the region, but also to be honored for our USA and Pittsburgh pride. We are proud to be “Made in the USA” and to represent small businesses throughout the Pennsylvania region. 

At the event, we were able to display a sampling of our products, which enabled other companies to have a better understanding of the wide range of products and services we offer. Not only that, but all of the winners were able to have their own video describing their market segments and what has enabled us to survive as an American manufacturer. It was great for us to bring many members of our staff to the event, including some of our engineers and manufacturers—the true winners, for they are making our high quality products!

This honor has proven to be a great opportunity for us in many ways. Not only have our products received great exposure to our existing and new customers, but the award has also given us great hope for the future as an American manufacturer. We thank all those who have worked with us and enabled us to be named Manufacturer of the Year and we hope to continue this success into the new year!


Proud to be an American Manufacturer

by JSG21. December 2012 15:44

Pride: A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of one’s close associates, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.[1]

Here at Jeannette Specialty Glass, we are proud to be an American manufacturer and we are proud of the quality work we produce for our customers on a consistent basis. Having won Pittsburgh Business Time’s Manufacturer of the Year, which highlights the advancements made by local manufacturers, we certainly understand the importance of quality manufacturing, especially on a domestic level. That got us thinking…what are the biggest advantages of choosing a US manufacturer like us?

Stocking programs: We have a 60,000 square ft. warehouse facility, which lends to our ability of housing customer inventory for three to six months. Since we can forecast sales for three to six months, stocking the inventory allows us to offer turnarounds in 24-48 hours. Do you often have fluctuating forecasts? We are available to make adjustments as needed, as well as provide rush orders when needed. Along with our custom stocking programs, we offer extended order release and payment terms to our customers, providing unlimited options.

Blanket orders: Similar to the stocking programs are our blanket order capabilities. Did you place an order for 500 pieces, but only need 100 per month? No problem—we can roll out those 100 pieces every month and stock the rest. Some examples of these stocked pieces include lenses, glass lighting pieces, spa basins, and our private label products.

Quality: All of our products are proudly “Made in the USA.” Additionally, our quality control team is readily available to make adjustments and modifications to your products as you see fit.

New product design: We will work with you from day one in order to create the best product at the best price. The technologies we utilize are more advanced than others, promising quality from the beginning.

This begs the question….why not choose an American manufacturer? 



[1] Pride definition provided by the Oxford Dictionaries.

JSG: Nominee for Manufacturer of the Year

by JSG30. November 2012 14:37

Have you heard our exciting news? We are thrilled to announce we have been nominated as a Manufacturer of the Year, hosted by Pennsylvania’s own Pittsburgh Business Times!

The contest, which aims to raise the visibility and stature of manufacturing in our region, decides a winner in each of six different categories this upcoming December. We are nominated, along with two other companies, in the Category of 50-99 Employees. The Pittsburgh Business Times has stocked a panel of judges who will ultimately select the winner in each category. Recently, we had the chance to meet with the panel of judges and the other manufacturers in order to discuss Jeannette Specialty Glass/JSG Oceana.

What qualities about our company did we highlight for this panel? Essentially, we emphasized what makes our company special and unique. To start, we mentioned how we are a family-owned company who is proud to be “Made in the U.S.A.”—in fact, every aspect of the manufacturing process is done right here in our facility in Jeannette, PA. Many factors that have gained our nomination include our stocking abilities, the high quality of our products, diversification of our company, and rapid expansion of our company over the years. We also stressed another important factor: we are the last-standing borosilicate glass manufacturer in the area! Not to mention, we manufacture our unique “Hard Roc” borosilicate glass.

Are you interested in learning first-hand about the qualities that have made us a nominee for Manufacturer of the Year? Contact us with any requirements—we are always up for a challenge! Existing customers? Help honor us and wish us luck—they announce the winner December 6th! 


Made in the U.S.A. Offers Many Advantages – Including American Pride!

by JSG12. October 2012 13:55

At Jeannette Specialty Glass, our “Hard Roc” glass products are proudly made in the U.S.A. But, when it comes to explaining the advantages of products manufactured in the U.S.A, there’s so much more than just American pride that we’re talking about. (Although American pride alone is a very good reason to buy “Made in the U.S.A.” products!).

In all four of our company divisions – JSG Industrial, JSG Oceana Kitchen and Bath, JSG Oceana Giftware and Tabletop, and JSG Private Label – we’ve seen some customers take their business out of the U.S. to places like China, but they end up coming back to the U.S. and to us for many reasons, including:

  • Quality
  • Customer service
  • Our capabilities, and
  • Our wide array of innovative products.

Headquartered in Western Pennsylvania, U.S.A. in the town of Jeannette, we specialize in the manufacturing of crystal-clear borosilicate glass industrial and commercial products. Our “Hard Roc” borosilicate glass formulation is scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, chemical-resistant, and thermal-shock (heat)- resistant and is unmatched for its quality and durability. We take pride in our products, and we’re happy to call the U.S.A. our home.

Additionally, our U.S. location allows us to provide quick turnaround and fast shipping capabilities to our customers. We can ship anywhere in the U.S. in about five days or less. We also offer our customers drop shipping services and stocking, with a 3-month minimum supply of stock on hand at any time. Another important point we want to make about manufacturing in the U.S.: When product development, engineering and research are all done domestically, it makes everyone’s jobs easier, cuts down production time, and helps the U.S. economy, in general. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Be sure to visit our JSG websites for more information about our borosilicate glass products proudly made in the U.S.A.

Welcome to our Multiple Divisions of “Hard Roc” Glass!

by JSG12. September 2012 10:25

Borosilicate glass is the center of our American company and the driving force behind all of our USA-made “Hard Roc” glass products. Often, there is confusion between borosilicate glass and soda lime glass. We specialize in borosilicate glass and are known in the industry for our crystal clear glass, as opposed to the soda lime (green) glass.  Our “Hard Roc” borosilicate glass formulation is scratch, stain, chemical, and thermal shock (heat) resistant. Soda lime (green) glass, does not possess these specific qualities and is limited to various applications or use. 

Let’s give you a better idea of the glass products we offer in all of our divisions:

JSG Industrial: We offer a wide range of glass items from our lenses, refractors and outdoor lighting to our military & scientific-based products.  Our “hard roc” borosilicate glass products can outlast severe environmental conditions and withstand the changing seasons, which is important in our industry.  With the surge and popularity in LED lighting, we can manufacturer & meet your needs in this  energy-conscious movement.   Our glass products are compatible with LED lighting—they both last longer and are more durable in the field as compared to plastic or soda lime.

JSG Oceana Kitchen and Bath: The “industry’s only functional glass kitchen sink” made JSG Oceana famous.  Durable enough to take the wear of everyday use in the kitchen and can even be used a garbage disposal.  Our stylish glass bathroom sinks & tile will “Wow” you with their vibrant colorations and designs.  We offer a one-stop shop to your bathroom and kitchen remodeling needs with bathroom furniture, mirrors, drain accessories, and coordinating glass tile.  All of our specialty glass sinks and tile are scratch, stain, & thermal shock (heat) resistant and are IAPMO approved.

JSG Oceana Giftware and Tabletop: Our Giftware and Tabletop products bring a new name to “function and beauty.”  The “Lighter than Air” collection offers dinnerware, bowls and art pieces for any home décor.  All of our glass dinnerware, serving pieces, and giftware are Microwave, Oven, & Dishwasher Safe.  Our non-porous glass surface is hygienic and will not trap bacteria, unlike other dinnerware products on the market.  Our “fresh” designs are unique to the industry and our functionality makes it a favorite for at home or in the hospitality and catering markets.

JSG Private Label: “If you can design it, we can produce it!” Our private label specialty glass cover a wide range from spa basins and OEM kitchen supplies to commercial glass products.  Check out our exclusive glass designs for the spa industry with our superior and hygienic qualities.  We have the capabilities to fabricate any product from our “hard roc” glass to your specifications!

There’s no competition for our “hard roc” borosilicate glass products! Browse our websites to see how you can use our glass.



JSG and JSG Oceana are a “Roc” Solid Choice for your Glass Needs

by JSG7. August 2012 09:15

It wasn’t so long ago that Western Pennsylvania was abundant with glass manufacturers. But as industrialization slowly diminished from the region, many of these manufacturing facilities grew cracked and shattered, leaving only stories and memories of past glass companies. Only a handful of companies stood up to the test of those times, and out of these, only one is a master of borosilicate glass. That is us, Jeannette Specialty Glass/JSG Oceana.

Our parent company name, Jeannette Specialty Glass, mirrors our mission and our business: we are glass specialists. Specifically, our focus is on “Hard Roc” glass, our patented borosilicate glass that gives JSG its unique placement in the industry. We have the ability to offer an array of colorations that are guaranteed to remain as beautiful as the day they were made –our glass is scratch, stain, chemical, and thermal shock (heat) resistant. Many of our customers find that our “Hard Roc” glass becomes an integral component in their finished products.

For those who want to get their hands on our “Hard Roc” glass, we have made it as accessible as possible through our company’s four divisions: JSG Industrial Division (where our glass is available as lenses, refractors, and reflectors), JSG Private Label (the glass is available in the styles of blender jars, pedicure basins, and goblets), JSG Oceana Kitchen and Bath (where you can find glass bathroom sinks and get the only functional glass kitchen sink in the world!), and, finally, JSG Oceana Giftware and Tabletop (your dinnerware and serving pieces). It’s more than clear to us: Jeannette Specialty Glass and our premier products are the “roc” solid choice when it comes to choosing the right glass for your application.   

We would love to show you some examples of our work! Visit our websites today, at and, and don’t forget to come back next month for our next blog update!

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