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Auburn Hills, Michigan (October 10, 2001)– Guardian Industries Corp. has commissioned the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) to perform a concert in Leipzig, Germany on October 12, 2001 in celebration of its Thalheim facility’s fifth anniversary.

More than 400 Guardian guests will participate in the anniversary celebration, which includes a special performance by the symphony and a post-concert reception. Additionally, Guardian is hosting 120 local school children at the concert.

Guardian, a leading global glass manufacturer based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, was one of the first companies to invest in the Thalheim region when it built this state-of-the-art facility in a record 13 months following German reunification. The introduction of new jobs and technology never before seen in the area had a tremendous impact. More than 300 people, with little or no experience, have responded to the challenge, adapted to new innovations and become important contributors to the successful manufacture of Guardian’s float glass, laminated glass and high performance coated products.

“We are extremely proud of our achievements in Germany,” said Lajos Sapi, managing director of Guardian’s Central and Eastern European operations. “We are fortunate to have a hard working and dedicated workforce, as well as a government in Saxony-Anhalt that shares our vision of economic growth and stability. That support continues to be a major factor in our success.”

In addition, it was announced that Fernand Stirn was recently appointed managing director of Guardian Flachglas. The appointment further guarantees the company’s strength and success for the future and is an acknowledgment of his recent outstanding performance.

In keeping with its desire to support the areas where it conducts business, Guardian Industries is a major supporter of the DSO. The company sponsored the European Tour in 1998 and created the Guardian Touring Fund in 2000 to provide ongoing support that enables the orchestra to tour around the world.

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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