Guardian holds groundbreaking ceremony for its largest float glass plant ever

Glass Magazine
May 20, 2011
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION : BUSINESS
Guardian Glass Group President Russell Ebeid at the groundbreaking ceremony for Guardian's newest float glass manufacturing plant, to be located in Krasny Sulin (Rostov region), Russia.

Guardian Industries Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich., held a groundbreaking ceremony in Krasny Sulin (Rostov region), Russia, on May 13 with local and state government officials to kick off construction of its newest float glass manufacturing plant. The $220 million plant will be Guardian's largest, producing 900 tons of glass per day, and will include a technologically advanced glass coater, according to a May 19 release.

The Rostov region plant will produce Guardian's high-performance, energy-efficient ClimaGuard for residential applications and SunGuard glass products for construction of offices, retail, health-care and other facilities. The plant is expected to begin operations in the 3rd quarter of 2012, and will initially create 300 new jobs.

At the event, Guardian Glass Group President Russell Ebeid thanked those in attendance for their support of Guardian and the company's decision to build in Rostov.

"We appreciate the outstanding support we received from Rostov Governor Golubev and his administration," said Ebeid. "It is evident that they view new investment as a priority, and the government works hard to streamline the development process to attract new projects that will create new jobs. Guardian is bullish on Russia given the excellent growth at our first plant in Ryazan and the customers we have in the country. The timing is right for the region and for Guardian."