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Hurd to use ClimaGuard SPF Complete UV-blocking Glass

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – (June 8, 2006) – Guardian Industries is pleased to announce that Hurd Windows & Doors has chosen GlimaGuard SPF glass as an addition to their ComfortGlaze lineup. Specifically designed for residential applications, ClimaGuard SPF blocks more than 99 percent of ultraviolet (UV) radiation without any visible change in day lighting.

UV radiation is largely responsible for the fading and deterioration of furniture, carpets, hardwood floors and other interior furnishings. While Low-E glass is often recommended to minimize the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation exposure, independent test results confirm that even the highest performing Low-E products fail to provide an acceptable level of fade protection for typical home furnishings. Traditional low-E products provide a Fade Protection Factor (FPF) of 7 whereas ClimaGuard SPF provides an FPF of 50+.

“We are excited about Hurd’s decision to use ClimaGuard SPF,” said Tim Singel, director of residential glass products for Guardian Industries. “They strive for perfection in the windows and doors they provide, and ClimaGuard SPF glass will enable them to deliver a more perfect combination of beauty, energy efficiency and now complete UV protection.”

Until now, homeowners were forced to accept undesirable tradeoffs in order to protect their furnishings from the damaging effects of the sun. ClimaGuard SPF is the first window glass technology that delivers complete UV protection without compromising appearance or sacrificing natural daylight. With ClimaGuard SPF, window glass looks the way glass should look—no bright colors, no dark tints, and no shiny reflections.

“We are determined to provide our customers with the best possible technology, and nothing else protects your home and furniture from fading damage as well as ClimaGuard SPF,” said Joe Herman, Hurd vice president sales & marketing. “With ClimaGuard SPF, we will be able to provide homeowners with the ability to completely block UV without sacrificing the primary benefit of windows—natural daylight and outdoor views.”

About Hurd Windows & Doors, Inc.
Headquartered in Medford, Wisconsin, Hurd Windows & Doors, Inc., is a company with an 85-year tradition of building custom windows and doors to the highest standards of excellence and quality. Hurd products are sold exclusively through more than 400 distributors in the United States, Canada, and in 20 countries worldwide. In December 2004, Hurd was acquired by Monarch Holdings, Inc., and the name was changed to Hurd Windows & Doors, Inc. For more information, visit or call (715) 748-2011. Toll free: 1-800-433-4873.

About Guardian Industries Corp.
Guardian Industries Corp., based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, is a leading worldwide manufacturer of float glass and fabricated glass products for the commercial and residential construction industries. Guardian’s Automotive Group provides exterior systems to the global automotive industry and is a Tier 1 global automotive supplier. Guardian’s Building Products Group, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, includes a substantial fiberglass insulation manufacturing operation and occupies a significant and growing position in the building materials distribution business with more than 100 strategically located distribution centers and brokerage offices in the United States and Canada. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 19,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. For more information, please visit

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