Guardian Glass Breaks Ground on Second Float Plant in Częstochowa, Poland

Glass Magazine
October 8, 2018
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : FLOAT GLASS NEWS

On Oct. 2, Guardian Glass held a groundbreaking celebration for its new plant in Częstochowa, Poland. Announced last August, the plant will be located next to the company’s existing facility and produce float and coated glass. Janusz Michałek, president of the Katowice Special Economic Zone, and Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk, Częstochowa City mayor, attended the ceremony.

“We are excited about the growth we’ve seen in Poland—and confident that the Częstochowa location is well positioned to meet our customer’s needs,” says Kevin Baird, Guardian Glass president and CEO. “We’ve enjoyed strong support from the city of Częstochowa, the Katowice Special Economic Zone and the Polish government.”

“Further evidence of our commitment to Poland is that our existing float line in Częstochowa just went through a repair project, which increases its production capacity by around 25 percent,” says Guus Boekhoudt, vice president of Guardian Glass in Europe. “With both furnaces, we are tripling production. To give you an idea of the sheer size of this project, in the future, we will be able to produce 60 [kilometers] of glass per day—producing enough glass in four days to build a glass road from Częstochowa to Warsaw.”

The new facility is expected to begin operations in early 2020, and will create more than 150 new jobs.