to Close Fullerton, Calif., Plant
Auburn, Mich.-based Guardian Industries has announced the closing
of its patterned glass manufacturing plant in Fullerton, Calif.
The company says the plant is in need of significant refurbishments
that the company says are required by the South Coast Air Quality
Management District, but that business conditions do not justify
the expense to implement these.
"The South Coast Air Quality Management District has insisted
that the facility install extremely costly pollution control equipment
at the next furnace rebuild rather than allow us to purchase emission
credits to offset emissions from the new furnace," says group vice
president Peter Walters. "The Fullerton plant could not recover
this substantial additional cost, and would have to operate at a
continuing loss. No business can operate in this fashion. We regret
that we have not been able to persuade the District to allow us
to continue to operate through this commonly accepted market-based
approach to environmental issues."
Guardian has operated this facility since it was acquired in the
early 1980s and has produced glass for use in the shower door, patio
furniture and solar energy markets.
Guardian has additional patterned glass manufacturing capacity
on the East Coast and will continue to serve all of Fullerton's
customers with product shipped from this alternative manufacturing
site. The Fullerton plant employs 41 people and over the coming
weeks, Guardian will be working with its employees to minimize the
impact. It is expected that the plant will close in an orderly fashion
by the end of the year, but will not likely make any product past
mid-November, according to the company.
Need more info and analysis about the issues?
HERE to subscribe to USGlass magazine.