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GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES NAMES VINCENT PRINGIERS AS EUROPEAN COUNSEL

Auburn Hills, MI (January 25, 2001) -- Robert H. Gorlin, vice president and general counsel of Guardian Industries Corp., recently announced the appointment of Vincent Pringiers as European counsel at Guardian Europe S.A. In his new position, Pringiers will oversee all of Guardian’s legal affairs in Europe and the Middle East from Guardian’s European Headquarters in Dudelange, Luxembourg. Most recently, Pringiers served in the legal department and as investor relations manager at EVC in Brussels, the leading PVC manufacturer in Europe.

“Vincent’s appointment as European counsel reflects his outstanding background in dealing with a wide range of global legal issues and business opportunities,” said Gorlin. “We are delighted that he agreed to join Guardian’s legal department. His presence in Luxembourg will be a major asset to our European and Middle Eastern operations.”

Pringiers is a graduate of the Louvain University law faculty (UCL), cum laude. He also earned a degree in financial management from Free University in Brussels, Belgium (VUB), and a master of laws degree in company law and financial legal areas from New York University in New York.

Guardian Europe S.A., in Dudelange, Luxembourg, is a subsidiary of Guardian Industries Corp. Guardian’s European operations include eight manufacturing facilities in Luxembourg, Spain, Hungary and Germany, and a new facility recently announced in Poland. In addition to float glass, the company produces mirrors, laminated glass, tempered glass, reflective and low-emissivity coated glass for residential and commercial construction customers as well as European car makers.

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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