Uroboros Glass sold, production moving to Mexico

Production will move to a facility in Tijuana

Uroboros Glass in North Portland, Feb. 15, 2016 (KOIN)
Uroboros Glass in North Portland, Feb. 15, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland-based glass company that was under fire amid toxic air concerns has been sold to a California company, the founder announced Tuesday.

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In September, Eric Lovell announced Uroboros Glass would close sometime in early 2017 after environmental regulations and other factors limited production.

Uroboros and Bullseye Glass were required to install new pollution control equipment and follow federal guidelines for continuous furnaces.

The glass makers also had to reduce production of certain colors after DEQ regulations put limits on the use of heavy metals that are necessary to create those colors.

The new owner, Oceanside Glasstile, will move operations to a facility in Tijuana. Lovell said in a newsletter online that the company is experienced in colored glass tile manufacturing and its culture fits in with his ethical standards.

Uroboros will close its Portland operations one department at a time, starting on February 1.

Uroboros Glass has operated in Portland for 44 years.

“We, the craftspeople at Uroboros, have learned much from you about the often subtle visual properties that you and your customers sought in art glass,” Lovell said in his letter. “We consider ourselves lucky to have been intimately involved in so many superb art projects.”