Our History

Early Years

1932

Guardian Glass Company begins as a small windshield fabricator in Detroit, Michigan

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1957

William Davidson is named president

1968

Company goes public and changes name to Guardian Industries Corp.

1969

Permaglass acquisition adds Millbury, Ohio plant

1970

1970

First float glass plant begins operations in Carleton, Michigan

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1973

Second float line launches in Carleton, Michigan. This is the only Guardian plant to have two furnaces under one roof

1974

Guardian adds fabrication capability with acquisition of Glass Guard Industries in Webster, Massachusetts

1974

Upper Sandusky, Ohio automotive glass fabrication plant begins operations

1978

Kingsburg, California float glass plant starts operations

1978

Guardian enters mineral wool manufacturing in Huntington, Indiana

1980

1980

Corsicana, Texas float glass plant begins operations

1980

Fiberglass insulation manufacturing begins in Albion, Michigan

1981

Guardian expands into Europe with launch of float glass plant in Bascharage, Luxembourg

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1982

AIRCO acquisition in Carleton, Michigan adds new coating facility strategically located across the street from float glass plant

1982

Guardian celebrates 50th anniversary

1983

Guardian purchases Fullerton, California rolled glass plant

1983

Guardian adds low-emissivity (low-E) glass to product portfolio

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1984

Guardian purchases Floreffe, Pennsylvania float glass plant

1985

Guardian acquires Llodio, Spain float glass plant

1985

Guardian becomes privately held after 17 years as a public company

1985

Auburn, Indiana automotive glass fabrication plant begins operations

1985

Guardian launches new company-wide HealthGuard program focused on employee wellness

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1986

Fiberglass manufacturing expands with greenfield plant in Mineral Wells, Mississippi

1986

Guardian College Scholarship Program launches in North America to support employees and their children in the pursuit of higher-education

1988

Windsor Plastics acquisition adds automotive trim plants in Evansville, Indiana and Grand Prairie, Texas

1988

Richburg, South Carolina float glass plant, and a second float glass plant in Luxembourg (Dudelange), start operations

1990

1990

Guardian launches joint venture float glass plant in Maturín, Venezuela

1991

Oroshaza, Hungary float glass plant starts operations

1991

Ligonier, Indiana automotive glass fabrication plant begins operations

1992

Guardian acquires Consolidated Glass & Mirror Company in Galax, Virginia, expanding fabrication capabilities

1992

Guardian enters Asia with the launch of the Nong Khae, Thailand float glass plant

1992

Guardian Japan Ltd. expands company reach into Japan through distribution center and sales office

1993

Gujarat Guardian Limited (GGL), India float glass plant begins operations

GGL is Guardian's joint venture float glass plant with Modi Rubber in Gujarat, India.

1993

Guardian adds a third facility in Luxembourg with the launch of the Grevenmacher automotive glass fabrication plant

1993

Tudela, Spain float glass plant begins operations

1994

Graham Fiberglass acquisition adds manufacturing plant in Erin, Ontario

1994

Guardian enters Latin America with distribution center in Sao Paulo, Brazil

1995

Guardian moves from Novi, Michigan to new world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan

1996

Guardian acquires major interest in Automotive Moulding Company (AMC). Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, AMC has three automotive trim plants in Georgia and one in Michigan

1996

DeWitt, Iowa float glass plant begins operations

1996

Thalheim, Germany float glass plant begins operations

1996

Guardian opens float glass plant in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Guardian's joint venture float glass plant in Al Jubail is known as GulfGuard

1997

Guardian adds second float glass plant in Thailand in Rayong

1997

Glass distribution center is established in Argentina

1998

Morehead, Kentucky automotive trim plant begins operations, and Guardian acquires Lab. Radio, an automotive trim manufacturer in Valencia, Spain

1998

Geneva, New York float glass plant begins operations

1998

Porto Real, Brazil float glass plant begins operations

1998

Inwood, West Virginia fiberglass manufacturing plant begins operations

1998

Guardian enters building products distribution; Guardian Fiberglass makes investment in Builder Marts of America (BMA)

2000

2000

Guardian Building Products Group acquires Cameron-Ashley Building Products

2000

Guardian opens float glass distribution centers in Veracruz, Mexico and Cartagena, Colombia

2000

Kingman, Arizona fiberglass manufacturing plant opens

2000

Guardian Science & Technology Center opens in Carleton, Michigan

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2000

Guardian develops the Sun-Guard series of coated glass products for commercial applications

This would later become Guardian SunGuard® advanced architectural glass

2002

Czestochowa, Poland float glass plant begins operations

2003

Guardian Fiberglass acquires remaining shares of Builder Marts of America

2003

Guardian launches the world's largest sputter coater in Bascharage, Luxembourg

2003

Goole, England float glass plant begins operations

2003

Guardian purchases partial ownership of the Egyptian Glass Company float glass plant in Cairo

2004

El Marqués, Mexico float glass plant begins operations

2006

Guardian introduces ShowerGuard® glass, the industry's first temperable, permanently protected shower glass

2007

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates float glass plant begins operations

Guardian's joint venture float glass plant in RAK is known as Guardian Zoujaj International Float Glass Co. LLC.

2007

Winnsboro, South Carolina fiberglass manufacturing plant begins operations

2007

Guardian celebrates 75th anniversary

2008

Ryazan, Russia float glass plant begins operations

2008

Guardian purchases Siegel-Robert Automotive

2009

William Davidson (1922 - 2009)

2009

Guardian launches SRG Global, combining the trim operations of Guardian Automotive and Siegel-Robert Automotive to form one of the world's largest manufacturers of chrome plated plastic parts for the industry

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2009

Tatuí, Brazil float glass plant begins operations

2010

2010

SRG Global opens its Advanced Development Center in Taylor, Michigan

Exclusively dedicated to research and product innovation, the new facility is slated to develop the future of plastics coating technology for industries worldwide.

2011

SRG Global launches automotive trim facility in Bolesławiec, Poland

2012

SRG Global launches automotive trim facility in Irapuato, Mexico

2012

Rostov, Russia float glass plant begins operations

2012

Koch Industries invests in Guardian Industries

2013

Ron Vaupel named President and CEO of Guardian Industries Corp.

2013

SRG Global and FALTEC Co. Ltd. celebrate grand opening of joint venture manufacturing facility, FALTEC SRG Global (Thailand) Co. LTD.

2013

Custom Glass Solutions by Guardian is established to serve diverse transportation segments in North America

2014

Kevin Baird named President and CEO of Guardian Glass

2014

Dave Prater named President and CEO of SRG Global

2014

Guardian sells its fiberglass manufacturing plants

2015

Guardian Science & Technology Center completes expansion

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2015

SRG Global doubles capacity at automotive trim plant in Irapuato, Mexico

2016

Guardian launches new coater at the Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia float glass plant

2017

Koch Industries, Inc. completes the acquisition of Guardian Industries Corp.

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