Guardian Industries announces expansion in Chester County, S.C.

Glass Magazine
March 16, 2011
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, AUTO, FABRICATION

Guardian Industries Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich., will expand its current operations in Chester County, S.C., according to a March 16 release. The $45 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs.

“We are pleased to be able to expand our operations in South Carolina," said Tom Wunderlich, plant manager for Guardian’s Chester County facility, in the release. "Chester County has provided us with an excellent business environment and strong workforce, and we are excited about increasing our presence here. Demand for our company’s products is on the rise and our Chester County plant plays an important role in our overall operations.”

The plant will install an advanced technology coating machine that will enable the facility to produce highly energy-efficient glass, such as ClimaGuard for residential and SunGuard for commercial buildings. 

“We’re focused on attracting investment and bringing jobs to every part of our state, and we understand the unique challenges facing our rural communities," said Gov. Nikki Haley in the release. "That’s why we couldn't be happier for Guardian Industries and the people of Chester County. We’re going to celebrate this kind of investment and expansion at every opportunity because of what it says about our great state: that our commitment to making South Carolina the most competitive state in the country for business development is paying off.”

Guardian Industries will expand its float glass plant in Richburg, located at 610 L&C Railway Distribution Park. In addition to the float glass plant, Guardian also has facilities in Greer and Winnsboro, S.C.

“Guardian has a longstanding relationship with the state of South Carolina," said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in the release. "This new investment at Guardian's glass plant in Richburg will create new manufacturing jobs in our state. It’s also the type of investment that helps make the U.S. less dependent on foreign energy sources, while saving consumers money on their energy bills, and promoting a cleaner environment.”