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GUARDIAN BEGINS GLASS PRODUCTION AT NEW BRAZILIAN PLANT

First ribbon of glass pulled April 26, 2009

Auburn Hills, Mich. (May 21, 2009) – Float glass production is underway at Guardian Industries’ newest facility in Tatui, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Tatui plant will produce 800 tons per day and create 300 new jobs.

It is the second Guardian plant to serve fast-growing Brazil, building on the success of a plant established a decade ago. That plant in Porto Real, Brazil, has added a state-of-the-art coating machine, which enables the manufacture of a variety of world-class, high-performance coated glass products. Guardian’s recent investment in the country is more than $180 million.

Since building our first float glass plant we have grown enough to support a second," said Guardian’s managing director of Latin American operations, Mark LaCasse. "In fact, Guardian products have become very well known in Brazil thanks to our innovative customer outreach and marketing programs. This new plant will allow us to better meet the demand for our interior products, including Guardian mirror and Guardian DiamondGuard, our scratch resistant glass, as well as our residential and commercial glass products.”

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Tatui plant manager Eduardo Borri inaugurates the float line’s first ribbon of glass.

DiamondGuard is a registered trademark of Guardian Industries Corp.

About Guardian Industries Corp.:

Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing company with leading positions in float glass, fabricated glass products, fiberglass insulation and other building materials for commercial, residential and automotive markets. Through its Science & Technology Center, Guardian is at the forefront of innovation including development of high performance glass coatings and other advanced products. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 19,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Visit www.guardian.com.

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