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GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES CORP. NAMES MARK LACASSE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF LATIN AMERICAN OPERATIONS

Auburn Hills, MI (October 10, 2001) –Guardian Industries Corp. recently announced the appointment of Mark LaCasse to managing director of Latin American operations. In his new position, LaCasse will oversee all of Guardian’s business in Central America, South America and Mexico. Russ Ebeid, president of Guardian Industries' glass group, made the announcement.

“Mark’s appointment to managing director of Latin American operations reflects his outstanding accomplishments in responding to a wide range of business issues,” says Ebeid. “His skills in managing and motivating people, combined with operational savvy and knowledge of the marketplace, will lead to Guardian's expanding presence in Latin America.”

Since joining Guardian Industries in 1993, LaCasse has held positions of increasing responsibility, including sales manager for Latin America and managing director of Guardian's plant in Porto Real, Brazil. Prior to his employment with Guardian, LaCasse served in various roles with United Brands International in New York, Vienna and Rotterdam, Netherlands. LaCasse received a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University in 1993 and a master of science degree from Purdue University in 1994.

Guardian's presence in the Latin American glass market began in early 1990 with the construction of a float glass manufacturing facility in Maturin, Venezuela. In 1998, Guardian started production at its plant in Porto Real, Brazil. The company also operates distribution centers throughout Latin America, with locations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

Guardian Industries Corp. is a leading worldwide manufacturer of float glass and fabricated glass products for the commercial and residential construction industries, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. One of the Top 100 Global Automotive Suppliers, Guardian Automotive provides complete exterior systems to the global automotive industry. Guardian Fiberglass, Inc., a Guardian subsidiary, is one of the largest manufacturers of fiberglass in the world and occupies a significant and growing position in the building materials distribution business. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 17,500 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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