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Guardian Glass Selects Carleton, Michigan Site

For New Jumbo Coater

Site Is Home To Float Glass Plant

And Science & Technology Center

Auburn Hills, Mich., June 12, 2017 – Guardian Glass’ new jumbo coater will be

installed at its Carleton, Michigan glass manufacturing complex.

“Architects are increasingly designing projects with larger glass sizes to deliver desired

aesthetics with more expansive views and higher daylight penetration,” explains Rick

Zoulek, vice president - Americas, Guardian Glass. “Guardian’s new jumbo coater will

combine the larger size glass that architects demand with the world-class energy

savings of the Guardian SunGuard® portfolio of high performance, low-E coatings.”

By coating glass in jumbo sizes, Guardian can:

· Supply larger sheets of coated glass to its customers for fabrication into finished insulating glass units for glass facades and windows

· Significantly reduce lead times

· Create value for Guardian customers by increasing their product offerings, and allowing them to reduce inventory and waste

“We’re pleased to have the support of the Village of Carleton, Ash Township Planning

Commission, Monroe County Business Development Corp. and Michigan Economic

Development Corporation and are excited to move forward on this project that will

increase our ability to serve the glass and building industries, while augmenting our

existing Carleton facilities,” says Gerry Hool, Carleton plant manager, Guardian Glass.

“By co-locating the jumbo coater with our only U.S. plant with two float glass lines, we

will support Guardian customers by increasing product and service offerings and

innovating faster.”

"Guardian has a longstanding commitment to our community,” adds Robin Carmack,

Ash Township Supervisor. “This investment reinforces our important partnership, and

we look forward to continuing to build upon it in the years ahead."

The site is also strategically located across from the company’s leading Science and

Technology Center.

“Guardian Industries has deep roots in Michigan and we are pleased that it has selected

the state as the location for its investment in this advanced glass technology,” says

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood.

The Guardian SunGuard glass product line for commercial applications offers excellent

solar control and a wide variety of colors and performance levels. SunGuard glass

products provide innovative, leading solutions for appearance, economics and energy

efficiency, and are available through an international network of independent Guardian

Select® fabricators.

Guardian Glass is a major business unit of Guardian Industries Corp. For more, visit


Photo cutline:

For U.S. projects such as the Eli and Edythe

Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University -

one of the first Zaha Hadid-designed buildings in

America - Guardian Glass supplied jumbo-sized

coated glass from one of its plants in Europe,

which has had this capability for some time. The

new Carleton, Michigan coater will allow Guardian

Glass to deliver jumbo-sized glass to North

American customers with significantly reduced

lead times. Photo credit: Jason Meyers

About Guardian Industries Corp.

Based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, Guardian Industries is a diversified, global company with a vision to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 17,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian Glass is a leading international manufacturer of float, value-added coated, and fabricated glass products and solutions for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications. SRG Global is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of advanced, high value coatings on plastics for the automotive and commercial truck industries, providing solutions for greater surface durability, structural integrity, functionality, vehicle efficiency and design flexibility. Guardian Building Products is a leading U.S. based distributor of specialty building products. For more information, visit


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