Saxon Glass Technologies, Inc. was started in 1996 when a large glass maker came to the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in search of a solution to their glass strength problems. After the successful demonstration of trial runs, a shop was set up at the Ceramic Corridor Innovation Center to meet the new challenge from the New York State legislature to help with the economic growth of the region. Dr. Arun Varshneya, president and CEO of the company, is an educator-cum-entrepreneur who has over 45 years' experience in research on ion exchange strengthening, and has authored several key publications and patents dealing with the process. The company has grown in several areas where strengthened glass provides a more reliable and safe approach to product application. The scientific and engineering staff at Saxon understands the technical issues in producing consistent high-strength glasses and have developed processes for "optimized" ion exchange through which the time and cost of strengthening can be significantly reduced.
Dr. Arun K. Varshneya, emeritus professor of glass science and engineering, serves as the president.