Guardian DeWitt Float Operations Offline for “Extended Repair” After Fire and Explosion

Glass Magazine
June 7, 2017

The float glass line at the Guardian Glass DeWitt, Iowa, plant will be down for an extended repair following a fire and explosion that occurred at the facility, according to a June 7 statement from Rick Zoulek, vice president of the Americas, Guardian Glass. The explosion occurred at the plant on Saturday, June 3, causing minor injuries to five employees and temporarily shutting down the facility.

“I’m pleased to report that everyone is safe following Saturday’s fire and explosion at our DeWitt, Iowa, plant and personnel are returning to work. The safety of our employees remains Guardian Glass' No. 1 priority,” Zoulek said in the statement. “The glass inventory was not damaged, and we have resumed glass shipments, processing customer orders through normal communication channels.

“We will resume coating and tempering operations at the plant soon. While the float glass line will experience an extended repair, Guardian is creating the best possible plan to meet the needs of its customers, including support from other Guardian Glass U.S. plants and our global manufacturing network. We will continue to work with our customers to minimize any interruption of service.”