Located in the south-central Polish city of Czestochowa, the new plant represents an investment of more than 100 million Euros.
Guardian announced its intent to build its 21st float glass manufacturing facility and fabrication line in Czestochowa last December. Construction on the facility began in June and production is scheduled to begin in late 2002, bringing more than 250 jobs to the region. The new plant will operate 24 hours a day; seven days a week, producing 650 tons of float glass per day.
Ralph J. Gerson, executive vice president of Guardian Industries Corp., and Janos Egyd, general manager of Guardian Poland, joined their Guardian Europe colleagues in welcoming several distinguished guests to the cornerstone-laying ceremony, including Wieslaw Maras, mayor of Czestochowa, and Jan Korzeniec, 1st deputy voivode of the Silesia region. The ceremony was held in honor of the strong economic development leadership shown by officials of the Polish Ministries of the Economy, Finance and Treasury; the City of Częstochowa and the Special Economic Zone of Czestochowa.
The Czestochowa facility represents a continuation of Guardian's commitment to the Central and Eastern European markets. Guardian's Orosh za, Hungary, float glass plant was built in 1988, and its Thalheim facility in eastern Germany was built in 1995. The strong growth in float glass markets in these regions, coupled with growing customer demand for Guardian fabricated products, made Poland a high priority for Guardian's expansion plans.
Since launching its first international float line in Luxembourg in 1981, Guardian has significantly expanded its float glass capacity and fabrication capabilities in Europe. In addition to float glass, Guardian Europe produces mirrors, laminated glass, tempered glass, and reflective and low-emissive coated glass for the residential and commercial construction industries as well as European automakers.