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1932

  • Guardian Glass Company begins as a small windshield fabricator in Detroit, Michigan 

1955

  • Photo division established.

1957

  • William Davidson named president.

1968

  • The company name is changed to Guardian Industries Corp.
  • Guardian goes public with first trade at $17 a share.

1969

  • Guardian stock begins trading on American Stock Exchange.
  • 1970
  • Guardian's first float line begins operation in Carleton, Michigan.

1971

  • Guardian headquarters moves to Novi, Michigan.

1972

  • Guardian Industries stock reaches $135 a share.
  • Guardian Auto Glass created with purchase of Glass for Cars, Inc. and Beachland Glass Co.

1973

  • Guardian Industries stock begins trading on New York Stock Exchange.
  • Second float line in Carleton, Michigan, begins operation.

1974

  • Glass Guard Industries purchased in Webster, Massachusetts.
  • Upper Sandusky, Ohio, automotive glass fabrication plant begins operation.

1977

  • Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, tempering plant begins operation.

1978

  • Kingsburg, California, float line begins operation.
  • 1980
  • Novi, Michigan, photo plant and corporate offices' expansion completed.
  • Corsicana, Texas, float line begins operation.
  • Annual revenues reach $300 million.
  • New Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, photo processing plant begins operation.

1981

  • Guardian expands Upper Sandusky, Ohio, automotive glass plant.
  • Guardian Glass begins operation in Bascharage, Luxembourg.

1982

  • Guardian Industries celebrates 50th anniversary.
  • Double Seal Glass Company purchased with plants in Flint, Michigan, and Rogers, Arkansas.
  • Guardian purchases AIRCO coating plant in Carleton, Michigan.

1983

  • Fullerton, California, rolled glass plant purchased.
  • Guardian Glass acquires 55 percent interest in Floreffe, Pennsylvania, float glass plant.
  • Guardian Glass introduces Low-E glass.

1984

  • Guardian acquires 48 percent interest in Villosa sheet glass plant in Llodio, Spain.
  • Guardian Glass purchases remaining interest in Floreffe, Pennsylvania, plant.
  • Guardian announces plans to buy back all outstanding shares.

1985

  • Guardian acquires remaining 52 percent interest in Llodio, Spain, plant; converts to float line.
  • Guardian goes private after 17 years as a public company.
  • Auburn, Indiana, automotive fabrication plant begins operation.
  • Guardian Photo celebrates 30th anniversary.
  • HealthGuard program introduced.

1986

  • Guardian College Scholarship Program started.

1988

  • Richburg, South Carolina, float glass plant begins operation.
  • Guardian Glass launches float glass plant in Dudelange, Luxembourg.

1990

  • Carleton, Michigan, plant celebrates 20th anniversary.
  • Vimosa float glass plant begins operation in Maturin, Venezuela.

1991

  • Oroshaza, Hungary float glass plant begins operation.
  • Guardian acquires Falconer Glass Industries plants in Jamestown, New York, and Lewistown, Pennsylvania.
  • Ligonier, Indiana, automotive fabrication plant begins operation.
  • Guardian Photo Division is sold to Qualex.

1992

  • Guardian acquires Consolidated Glass & Mirror Company in Galax, Virginia.
  • Float glass plant begins operation in Nong Khae, Thailand.

1993

  • Gujarat, India float glass plant begins operation.
  • Grevenmacher automotive fabrication plant begins operation in Luxembourg.
  • Tudela, Spain float glass plant begins operation.
  • Guardian Glass establishes subsidiary Guardian Japan Ltd., to distribute products in Japan.

1994

  • Guardian Glass Brazil established in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to distribute products in region.

1995

  • Corporate headquarters moves to new facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
  • Gujarat, India, begins operation of mirror line.
  • Nong Khae, Thailand, begins operation of mirror line.

1996

  • DeWitt, Iowa, float glass plant begins operation.
  • Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, float glass plant begins operation.
  • Thalheim, Germany, float glass plant begins operation.

1997

  • Thalheim, Germany, begins operation of a new coating line.
  • Rayong, Thailand, float glass plant begins operation.

1998

  • Geneva, New York, float glass plant begins operation.
  • Porto Real, Brazil, float glass plant begins operation.
  • Richburg, South Carolina, plant begins operation of a new pattern line.
  • DeWitt, Iowa, and Lewistown, Pennsylvania, facilities begin operation of mirror lines.
  • Pattern line installed in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, plant.

1999

  • Guardian Glass purchases partner's interest in Rayong and Nong Khae, Thailand, operations.
  • Thalheim, Germany, begins operation of a new jumbo laminating line.

2000

  • Guardian Glass opens float glass distribution centers in Veracruz, México and Cartagena, Colombia..
  • Science & Technology Center opens in Carleton, Michigan.
  • Porto Real, Brazil, begins operation of a new mirror line.
  • Corsicana, Texas, begins operation of a new coating line.
  • Tudela, Spain, begins operation of a new jumbo laminating line.

2001

  • Construction begins for Guardian Glass' new coating facility near Bascharage, Luxembourg.
  • New Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, mirror line begins operation.
  • New India mirror line begins operation.
  • Guardian Glass lays cornerstone for a new float plant in Czestochowa, Poland.
  • Guardian celebrates 20 years in Europe.

2002

  • Guardian Glass' new float plant in Czestochowa, Poland, begins operation.

2003

  • Guardian Glass purchases partial ownership of the Egyptian Glass Company.
  • Guardian Glass launches world's largest sputter coater in Bascharage, Luxembourg.
  • Guardian Glass' new float plant in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, begins operations.
  • The Llodio, Spain float glass plant begins operation of new laminating line.
  • Guardian Glass' Czestochowa, Poland float glass plant begins operation of new coating line.
  • Guardian Industries President William Davidson presents Employee of the Year Award to all Guardian employees.

2004

  • Guardian Glass' Tudela, Spain float glass plant begins operation of new acid etch line.
  • The Grevenmacher, Luxembourg automotive glass plant begins operation of second laminating line.
  • Guardian Glass' new float glass plant in El Marqués, Mexico, begins operation.
  • Guardian Glass' Kingsburg, California float glass plant begins operation of new coating line.

2005

  • Guardian Glass introduces ClimaGuard SPF residential glass, the first glass technology that delivers complete UV protection plus the beauty of natural daylight.

2006

  • Guardian Glass' DeWitt, Iowa float glass plant begins production on new sputter coating line.
  • Guardian Glass introduces ShowerGuard glass, the industry's first temperable, permanently protected shower glass.

2007

  • Guardian Industries celebrates 75th anniversary.
  • Guardian Glass' new float glass plant in Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, begins operation.

2008

  • Guardian Glass  begins glass production at new float plant in Ryazan, Russia.
  • Goole, England float glass facility begins production on new laminating line.
  • Guardian Glass announces expansion of Kingsburg, California float glass facility.
  • Guardian Glass introduces CrystalGray, a high performance float glass with a new color option for architects and designers.

2009

  • Guardian Industries mourns the loss of its chairman, president and CEO William Davidson.
  • Guardian Glass unveils ClimaGuard 63/31 Residential Low-E Glass, designed for all U.S. climates and energy tax credit requirements.
  • Guardian Glass begins glass production at its second Brazilian float glass plant in Tatui, Sao Paulo.
  • Guardian Glass introduces EcoGuard, its line of solar glass products.

2010

  • Guardian Glass products cover the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
  • Guardian Glass Brazil celebrates the launch of its high technology coater in Porto Real.
  • Guardian Glass celebrates new coater and plant expansion in Tudela, Spain.

2011

  • Guardian Glass holds groundbreaking ceremony for its largest float glass plant in Krasny Sulin, Russia.
  • Guardian Glass expands United Kingdom plant with high-technology glass coater.
  • Guardian Glass launches ClimaGuard IS-15 and IS-20 to help meet new codes and standards.
  • Guardian Glass announces InGlass program and launches Guardian InGlass website.

2012

  • Guardian Glass debuts SunGuard SNR 43 and SunGuard IS 20.
  • Guardian Glass delivers EcoGuard solar mirrors for the world's largest solar thermal power plant in California's Mojave Dessert.
  • Guardian Glass begins production at its Krasny Sulin (Rostov region), Russia float glass plant.
  • Koch Industries invests in Guardian Industries.
  • Ron Vaupel named President and CEO of Guardian Industries.

2013

  • Guardian DiamondGuard is installed in the Empire State Building (ESB).
  • Guardian Glass launches DiamondGuard in Europe.
  • Guardian Automotive introduces Custom Glass Solutions to serve diverse transportation segments.

2014

  • Kevin Baird named President and CEO of Guardian Glass.
  • Guardian Reveal is a USGlass Magazine Product of the Year.
  • Guardian Glass introduces SunGuard SNX 51/23.
  • Guardian Glass introduces SunGuard Spandrel HT.
  • Guardian Glass introduces ShowerGuard Low-Iron.
  • Guardian Glass names Rick Zoulek Vice President for the Americas.
  • Guus Boekhoudt name Guardian Flat Glass European Vice President.

2015

  • Guardian Science & Technology Center completes an expansion to accelerate the rate of product development and advance Guardian Glass' commitment to innovation.
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