The coater represents the most advanced technology in the world for turning standard glass into high performance, value-added glass. The coater allows the plant to produce energy-efficient residential and commercial glass addressing the rising cost of energy for home and building owners and the reduction of CO2 emissions.
The glass coater is part of $40 million expansion that will create new jobs in the region.
"This expansion reflects the confidence Guardian has in the Brazilian economy. We have been growing in the country for more than 12 years now and this is just the latest in that progression,” said Guardian Glass Group President Russell J. Ebeid. “We are thankful for the support we have received from the government of Rio de Janiero and its impressive program of economic growth that focuses both on supporting existing business and attracting new investment to the state.”
"The State of Rio de Janeiro is proud to have been chosen by Guardian for such a significant investment," said Governor Cabral. “We are living a moment of growth, coupled with the consolidation of stability in our economy. The timing of this project given the Brazilian economy is excellent.”
On Thursday, Guardian inaugurates its second float glass plant in Brazil, located in the city of Tatui, Sao Paulo.
About Guardian Industries Corp.:
Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with leading positions in float glass, fabricated glass products, fiberglass insulation and other building materials for commercial, residential and automotive markets. Through its Science & Technology Center, Guardian is at the forefront of innovation including development of high performance glass coatings and other advanced products. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 18,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Visit www.guardian.com