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Guardian Industries and Infinite Edge Technologies, LLC sign joint development agreement

Auburn Hills, Mich. – January 25, 2011 - Guardian Industries and Infinite Edge Technologies, LLC (IET) have signed a joint development agreement to commercialize IET’s InfiSpace™ warm-edge spacer system. With the signing of this agreement, the companies will work collaboratively to introduce IET’s newly developed spacer system into the global marketplace.

Note: For conventional window insulating glass units (IGUs), the glass layers are held apart by a spacer and sealant system. Warm-edge spacers are low thermal conductance spacers that reduce heat transfer at the perimeter of an IGU – typically where condensation forms in cold climates. Warm edge spacers have become increasingly important as window manufacturers switch from conventional glazing to higher-performance glazing to both save energy and reduce condensation -- the cause of unwanted mold and mildew formation.

At the 2010 Glasstec show in Düsseldorf, Germany, Guardian Group Vice President Scott Thomsen confirmed Guardian’s purchase of the first automated application system designed to utilize IET’s InfiSpace spacer system. The equipment is expected to be operational at one of Guardian’s fabrication facilities in early 2011.

“With Guardian’s global presence and keen focus on new technology, it is an excellent partner in helping IET introduce the InfiSpace, warm-edge spacer system to the global marketplace,” stated Eric Rapp, IET’s Chairman and CEO.

According to Guardian’s Thomsen, “From our initial review of IET’s technology, we identified their system as having tremendous potential in the marketplace and are excited to be working closely with IET to introduce the system.”

Infinite Edge Technologies (IET) was founded in 2007 to develop warm edge solutions for the insulating glass industry through innovation and key industry partnerships. www.ietspacer.com +1 651 287 7676

Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with leading positions in float glass, fabricated glass products, fiberglass insulation and other building materials for commercial, residential and automotive applications. Its automotive trim group, SRG Global Inc., is one of the world’s largest suppliers of advanced, high value coatings on plastics. 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 18,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. www.guardian.com

Contact: Amy Hennes
248-340-2109
ahennes@guardian.com

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