SRG Global Celebrates Expansion of its Irapuato, Mexico Plant
SRG Global, a Guardian company, held an opening ceremony to celebrate the expansion of its Irapuato, Mexico facility that supports the company’s continuing production of high-value coatings on plastics. Company officials were joined by members of the state and local governments, as well as customer and other community partners to commemorate the occasion.
The expansion added 20,000-square-meters to the existing 21,000-square-meter facility and houses a new state-of-the-art chrome plating line. The line is one of the most modern of its kind for this process, where safety and sustainability have been the driving factors in its design. The new line is expected to push the total number of employees at the facility to approximately 500 people at full production.
“On behalf of SRG Global, I want to thank the local community and the state of Guanajuato for their ongoing support and collaboration on the expansion project,” says Javier Sánchez, Plant Manager of the Irapuato facility.
“The state of Guanajuato has helped make it possible for us to continue creating value for society as well as for the local communities in and around the Irapuato facility. We are equally excited for the opportunity to be able to better support our customers,” says Dave Prater, President and CEO of SRG Global.
The Irapuato facility produces exterior and interior trim assemblies and subsystems for global automakers. Since first starting production in 2012, it has supplied parts for more than 1 million vehicles and is expected to double that figure by the end of 2017.
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 Celebrates 35 Years of Presence in Luxembourg
Luxembourg Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade formally opens Guardian Industries’ European Headquarters
In March, Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade of Luxembourg, joined Guardian leadership for the formal opening of the company’s new European Headquarters in Bertrange, Luxembourg.
In a keynote, Mr. Schneider highlighted the importance of business growth in Europe and the need to have centers of excellence in key locations such as Luxembourg: “Luxembourg has always supported economic openness and integration into larger markets. The country’s prosperity is due to a large extent to foreign investment and labor. We are particularly grateful to the Guardian leadership and all the shareholders for their continued trust and friendship. For us the company’s decision is recognition, but also encouragement to continue in improving the business environment like infrastructure, skills of our multi-lingual workforce, quality of life and social and political stability to remain for corporate headquarters and shared services centers a competitive location.”
Guardian Industries’ Glass Group in Europe is a leading manufacturer of high-quality commercial, residential, interior and automotive glass products. The main focus is the production of float glass, and value-added coating and laminating technologies.
At the new headquarters office approximately 120 personnel are driving the company’s regional activities.
Speaking at the official opening, Guus Boekhoudt, Vice President Europe of Guardian Industries’ Glass Group, said: “Whilst it is true that we are still emerging from one of the worst recessions the glass industry has ever experienced, I see many reasons to be optimistic. Over the next five years, demand for glass is forecast to grow by nearly 2 percent above GDP. Key drivers, in addition to economic growth, include the move from double to triple glazing for more energy efficient windows and the introduction of larger windows in order to bring more natural light into buildings. Guardian is well positioned to capture this growth and we will continue to invest in maintaining and expanding our business in the next 5-8 years.”
Mr. Boekhoudt recognized that Europe is in competition with other regions, when it comes to capital investment, with corporate shareholders looking for a return on their investment: “To keep Europe an attractive proposition, we need to deal with three key challenges; these include labor relations, the need for regulatory consistency across the many countries that make up our region and the need to attract – and retain – talent. If we do this successfully, we can look forward to an exciting and dynamic European manufacturing industry in the future.”
Mr. Boekhoudt concluded: “After 35 years in Europe, Guardian celebrates the inauguration of these new offices that enable us to integrate key central functions including Supply Chain, Logistics, Demand Planning, Marketing, Product Management, Finance, and others – and will help us to drive product innovation and create value for our customers.”
For more information on Guardian Glass locations, products and services, visit Guardianglass.com.
Guardian Industries Launches New Branding and Website Initiative
Guardian Industries has launched a new corporate brand and website.
“In its nearly 85-year history, Guardian has spread from a small shop in Detroit to cover five continents with 17,000 employees. As we continue to grow stronger, we felt now was a good time to take stock of how the company presents itself on a global basis, to best reflect our shared culture and vision,” said Ron Vaupel, President & CEO.
Four words concisely capture the new brand for Guardian Industries: One World. Made Better. These words capture how Guardian works as one team, across divisions and borders, with a shared culture and vision, leveraging its capabilities to produce the best solutions for its customers.
The website design is mobile and tablet-friendly and incorporates photos and videos of Guardian employees and projects around the world.
“We take great pride in the work of our team and the value we add to our customers and our communities,” says Ron. “The new website captures many great stories of how Guardian employees are contributing to our success and to ensuring that we constantly improve.”
Guardian Glass, SRG Global and Guardian Building Products, Guardian’s three main companies, continue to operate individual websites that can be accessed directly or through the new Guardian corporate website. These websites contain more information about each company’s products and their facilities around the world.