SRG Global Opens Innovation Center in Michigan

SRG Global, a Guardian company, has completed its Innovation Center located in Taylor, Mich., USA.

The Innovation Center, which opens today, is designed to encourage creativity and advancement. The space features areas for prototyping, testing and scale-up experimentation, as well as an inspiring area for co-innovation. The 6,460-square-foot (600-square-meter) Innovation Center is strategically located across the street from the company’s 63,000-square-foot (5,850-square-meter) Advanced Development Center.

“This investment further reinforces our commitment to customers and society by expanding our research and development footprint,” said David Dunford, vice president of Global Engineering & Innovation. “The Innovation Center enables us to focus on creating value through innovative products and processes by allowing us to experiment, disrupt the status quo and discover the unmet needs of our customers.”

According to Dunford, the Innovation Center complements the Advanced Development Center by fusing the ideation, concept development and product validation processes seamlessly.

“This new facility will help us expand our global R & D capabilities from a strong base of chemical, mechanical and industrial engineers to material scientists, physicists and electrical and lighting engineers,” said James DeLaHoussaye, global director of Innovation. “This will support our vision of providing innovative engineering solutions and our goal of value added functional integration.”

As a leading global manufacturer, SRG Global is well-known as a Tier 1 interior and exterior trim supplier, providing solutions that add both style and function for the automotive and commercial truck industries.

SRG Global Celebrates New World Headquarters with Opening Ceremony

To officially mark the opening of its new world headquarters in Troy, Mich., SRG Global™, a Guardian company, today held an opening ceremony for the employees, representatives from Guardian Industries and human resources leaders representing the company’s plants around the world.

The new facility, which opened this summer, was built with the focus of future growth and attracting top talent. The 51,000-square-foot building (4,740-square-meters) currently houses more than 250 employees.

“Our vision is to be a trusted global partner, to continue to grow and provide engineering solutions that create superior value for our customers and society,” said Dave Prater, President and CEO of SRG Global while addressing event attendees. “This new facility is another step toward upholding that vision and serves as a flagship for our company.”

As a leading global manufacturer, SRG Global is well-known as a Tier 1 interior and exterior trim supplier providing solutions that add both style and function for the automotive and commercial truck industries.

The new headquarters was designed to encourage both individual development of each employee and also collaboration between departments to foster innovation and to inspire ideas in a teamwork atmosphere. The facility features an open layout with an atrium and central staircases, natural lighting, and several common areas.

SRG Global is committed to maintaining a strong presence in Southeast Michigan, the center of automotive excellence.

Guardian Glass Thailand Celebrates Milestones with Customer Appreciation Event and Community Celebration

In March, Guardian Glass welcomed more than 200 guests to a community and customer celebration at its Rayong, Thailand float glass plant.

A world leader in the manufacture of float and value-added glass products, Guardian Glass has had a major presence in Thailand for more than 25 years – 20 years in Rayong – and recently made significant investments to the Rayong plant to increase capacity, reduce the company’s environmental footprint and expand its product portfolio.

Guardian Industries President and CEO Ron Vaupel welcomed the guests, which included local officials and dignitaries; glass dealers, fabricators, glaziers and suppliers; and company officials.

“Our shared vision at Guardian is to create value for our customers, our company and the communities in which we live and work,” said Vaupel. “We believe that if we stay focused on creating value for our customers, while staying true to our guiding principles, our business and our employees will find success. Thank you to our employees in Thailand for their dedication and commitment to our vision.”

The Guardian Glass Rayong plant started production as part of a joint venture in 1997. The investment was preceded by five years with launch of the Nong Khae, Thailand float glass plant in 1992. Both plants produce glass for the commercial, residential and transportation industries. Over the years, Nong Khae has also modernized its float glass line (2012), expanded its capabilities through the addition of a new wet coater (2014) and approved an investment in a laminated glass production line (2016).

“This event is about celebrating the company’s more than two-and-a-half decades of success in Thailand and strengthening our relationships for years to come,” said Sanjiv Gupta, General Manager, Asia Pacific Region, Guardian Glass.

Throughout the celebration, guests toured the facility to see the float glass process first-hand and enjoyed refreshments, dinner and a program that recognized Thailand’s top 10 customers for their continued support and dedication to Guardian and its products. Guardian Glass is a major business unit of Guardian Industries Corp.

For more information on Guardian Glass locations, products and services, visit Guardianglass.com.


Youth Entrepreneurs Bringing National Summit to Detroit

Key corporate sponsors on board to support the future of entrepreneurship, innovation and personal transformation

Detroit, Mich. (March 28, 2019) – More than 300 high school youth from across the country who have graduated from the Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) program will meet in Detroit for a transformational experience full of hands-on activities and networking opportunities, July 15-19, for the second annual YE National Summit.

Youth Entrepreneurs is a year-long curriculum that teaches middle and high school students core entrepreneurial and economic concepts. The Summit is a week-long event that will focus on students’ immersion in innovation, entrepreneurship, personal transformation and self-actualization -- all taking place in the backdrop of a city experiencing the same.

The Summit home will be The Henry Ford, with visits to other prominent Detroit venues. Corporate sponsors currently include Guardian Industries, Ford Motor Company, Motown Museum and Southwest Airlines.

In Michigan, Youth Entrepreneurs is currently in its third academic year with 10 participating schools in Southeast Michigan. Nationally, Youth Entrepreneurs has more than 30,000 alumni and is currently in nearly 280 classrooms in 19 states. Ninety-nine percent of YE students graduate high school, 61 percent earn a bachelor’s degree or higher and 29 percent go on to start their own business.

“Like the city of Detroit, YE alumni often have had to overcome many challenges by utilizing an entrepreneurial mindset inside and outside the classroom,” says Kylie Stupka, president, Youth Entrepreneurs. “We want to make our YE Summit a transformational experience for students, alumni and educators with opportunities to network, share ideas and discover ways to find inspiration that will help drive their own success.”

At the summit, students will connect with community leaders, entrepreneurial innovators, and partner organizations from across Southeast Michigan and the nation.

“Guardian is proud to support the great work of Youth Entrepreneurs,” says Ron Vaupel, president and CEO of Guardian Industries. “We believe youth in Detroit and around the state of Michigan benefit tremendously from exposure to and the opportunity to participate in YE and we are committed to supporting this program through our corporate philanthropy.”

New to this year’s Summit will be the addition of YEedu, an annual professional development conference for 300 YE educators that will take place simultaneously and include several collaborative sessions with students and educators.

“Detroit embodies everything YE teaches students and its educators about the entrepreneurial mindset,” says Stupka. “We are excited to introduce our transformation program to the Metro Detroit community and see it grow across the state.”

For further information on Youth Entrepreneurs and the National Summit and available sponsorship opportunities, please visit https://www.youthentrepreneurs.org/ye-summit.

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About Youth Entrepreneurs

Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) began in a single classroom in 1991 and has since grown to inspire more than 30,000 young people to achieve far more than they ever thought possible. YE educators receive extensive online resources, training, and the freedom to customize a real-world, hands-on curriculum that benefits their students most. Rooted in entrepreneurial and economic principles, the YE curriculum reveals the innate passions and abilities within students so they believe in themselves and what they can accomplish. YE is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is funded by private donations. For more information, visit YouthEntrepreneurs.org.

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