Guardian Glass Europe

Construction Milestone for Guardian Glass Manufacturing Plant in Częstochowa

Częstochowa, Poland, October 2, 2018 - Guardian Glass welcomed today M. Janusz Michałek, President of the Katowice Special Economic Zone, and M. Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk, Częstochowa City Mayor, for the groundbreaking ceremony of the company’s new plant in Częstochowa, Poland.

In August 2017, Guardian Industries approved the investment for an additional float and coated glass manufacturing plant in Czestochowa, to meet the growing demand for float, coated and fabricated glass products across Europe. The new facility location is adjacent to the company’s existing plant. Preparation and execution of the project has already begun.

“We are excited about the growth we’ve seen in Poland -- and confident that the Częstochowa location is well positioned to meet our customer’s needs. We’ve enjoyed strong support from the city of Częstochowa, the Katowice Special Economic Zone and the Polish government,” said Kevin Baird, Guardian Glass President and CEO.

“I would like to thank very much for the trust of the Guardian Glass management. Guardian is not only a large employer, but also a particularly valuable partner in the region. It is very important that Guardian Glass expands its activity in Częstochowa and creates new jobs for qualified specialists. Częstochowa is a very good location for production and services, and thanks to such investments, the attractiveness and credibility of Częstochowa as a business center increases particularly,” said Mayor Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk.

“Further evidence of our commitment to Poland is that our existing float line in Częstochowa just went through a repair project, which increases its production capacity by around 25%. With both furnaces, we are tripling production. To give you an idea of the sheer size of this project, in the future, we will be able to produce 60 km of glass per day – producing enough glass in four days to build a glass road from Częstochowa to Warsaw,” said Guus Boekhoudt, Vice President of Guardian Glass in Europe.

The new facility is expected to begin operations in early 2020, and will create more than 150 new jobs. Combined, the two facilities will create a competitive, efficient structure to deliver a wide range of glass products and will generate long-term value for our customers in the region.

From left to right: Grzegorz Kuznik, Plant Manager; Guus Boekhoudt, Vice President of Guardian Glass in Europe; Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk, Częstochowa City Mayor; Kevin Baird, Guardian Glass President and CEO; Conrad Bruch, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

(Photo Guardian Glass, LLC, GRDPR161)

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Guardian Glass Europe

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Guardian Glass

Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float, coated and fabricated glass products. At its 25 float plants around the globe, Guardian Glass produces high performance glass for use in exterior (both commercial and residential) and interior architectural applications, as well as transportation and technical products. Guardian glass can be found in homes, offices, cars and some of the world’s most iconic architectural landmarks. The Guardian Glass Science & Technology Center continuously works to create new glass products and solutions using the most advanced technology to help customers see what’s possible™. Visit guardianglass.com

Guardian Industries

Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, employs 18,000 people and operates facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian companies manufacture high-performance float, coated and fabricated glass products for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications, and high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries. Guardian’s vision is to create value for its customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. Guardian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Visit guardian.com.