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GUARDIAN AUTOMOTIVE EARNS GREEN DESIGNATION

Ten Plants ISO 14001 Compliant

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., (April 1, 2003) – Guardian Automotive today announced that its ten North American glass and trim manufacturing and fabricating plants have earned ISO 14001 certification. Jim Davis, CEO and president of Guardian Automotive, made the announcement. Guardian Automotive is comprised of a group of companies owned by Guardian Industries Corp.

“Guardian Automotive is committed to sustainable manufacturing,” says Davis. “The ISO 14001 designation is the result of employee efforts to meet stringent certification requirements and demonstrates Guardian’s dedication to sound environmental production practices.”

The ten plants ISO 14001 certified are:

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Auburn, Indiana

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Covington, Georgia

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Evansville, Indiana

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LaGrange, Georgia (two plants)

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Ligonier, Indiana

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Millbury, Ohio

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Morehead, Kentucky

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Upper Sandusky, Ohio

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Warren, Michigan

  
    

ISO 14001 is an international standard certifying consistent manufacturing and business processes that help protect the environment and are beneficial to a company’s customers, employees and the community in which it operates.

Guardian Automotive, the world’s only provider of integrated glass and trim exterior systems, initiated and implemented the following strategies and tactics to earn ISO 14001 certification:

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Developed an environmental policy for each plant

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Analyzed operations and created goals for improvement

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Implemented an operating system to achieve targeted goals

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Monitored operations for compliance and continuous improvement

  

Additionally, each plant is recycling scrap parts, creating processes that generate less waste, improving energy conservation and meeting all federal, state and local regulations, where applicable.

Guardian Industries Corp., based in Auburn Hills, Mich., is a leading worldwide manufacturer of float glass and fabricated glass products for the commercial and residential construction industries, and one of the world’s largest producers of mirrors. Guardian Automotive provides complete exterior systems to the global automotive industry and is a Tier 1, top-100 global automotive supplier. Guardian’s Building Products Group includes 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 19,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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