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Congressman Hanna tours Guardian Geneva float glass plant

Geneva, New York – October 28, 2011 – Congressman Richard Hanna (R-New York) visited Guardian Industries’ Geneva, New York float glass plant today for a meeting with Plant Manager Joel Daoust and other employees. During their time together, a number of issues were discussed including energy efficient glass for homes as well as new developments in automotive glass.

The EPA and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), for example, are expected to recognize the energy efficiency benefits of Guardian’s automotive solar reflective glass product in the soon-to-be released next generation of fuel emission standards.

Guardian produces Infrared Reflective glass, a high performance coated glass product that can help automotive manufacturers meet these ambitious fuel emissions standards. A laminated windshield or other glass with a special coating applied to the glass provides high levels of solar reflection without added tint or being darker, significantly reducing the amount of heat absorbed into the vehicle. The result is a reduced load on a vehicle air conditioning (AC) unit that, in turn, improves the fuel efficiency of the vehicle by about 3% according to independent testing.

Guardian’s plant in Geneva is one of the few locations to manufacture this special coating. The plant also makes coated glass that increases the energy efficiency performance of windows for homes and commercial buildings.

Daoust was able to discuss first hand with the Congressman the float glass process and the advanced technology coater necessary for the solar glazing products.

“Guardian is an industry leader in the manufacture of solar glass solutions,” said Daoust. “We appreciate Congressman Hanna taking the time to meet with our employees and get a better understanding of the importance our products have to the plant, to Geneva and to drivers and homeowners as well.”

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About Guardian Industries Corp.:

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. Visit

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