CMoG to expand to Steuben factory?

Derrick Ek

Will the former Steuben Glass plant become a new wing for the Corning Museum of Glass?

That’s the plan, said Mike Walker, president of United Steelworkers of America Local 1000, which was the union for Steuben Glass before production ceased at the plant about a month ago.

“From what I understand, the glass museum is going to absorb the old Steuben factory, and it’s going to be used for an extension for the museum,” Walker told The Leader on Tuesday.

However, when reached for comment, neither Corning Inc. spokesman Joe Dunning nor CmoG spokeswoman Yvette Sterbenk would say what the future use of the Steuben building will be.

Corning Inc. owns the building, located adjacent to CMoG.

Corning Inc. sold the struggling Steuben Glass to Ohio-based Schottenstein Stores Corp. in 2008, but has been leasing the building to Schottenstein.

There were approximately 60 union workers at Steuben Glass when Schottenstein took over, but there were periodic layoffs over the past few years, Walker said. Sixteen union workers were laid off in the final wave as the plant ceased production in late October, he added.

Most of the Local 1000 union workers at Steuben chose to retire, but about 20 have found work at various Corning Inc. plants in the area, Walker said.

After production ceased at Steuben, a skeleton crew apparently remained for the past few weeks to decommission the plant. The official closing date was Tuesday.

A sign posted at the front door of the Steuben plant Tuesday warned of construction in progress and said it was a Gilbane-Welliver joint venture.