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.
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.