Carries Out Planned Float Line Closure in January
The production line at Guardian Industries' Kingsburg, Calif.,
facility was shut down on January 6 for the first time in 18 years
- draining 1,600 tons of molten glass from the furnace - as part
of a project to upgrade the line.
The line closure was part of a $75 million expansion to the facility,
which has been underway since late 2006. (CLICK
HERE to read the October 2006 USGNN.comô story on the expansion.)
Thus far the facility has seen only civil improvements - involving
excavation, building changes and repairs - that could be done while
the line was in full operation.
"We expect no delays for customers as we have built inventory and
are supported by our sister plants for delivery-we hope to not lose
one load during this repair period and cause our customers zero
issues with glass supply or quality," says Don Tullman, general
manager of Guardian's West Coast operations.
Improvements at the plant, which produces float glass, tempered
glass and coated glass for energy-efficient windows and commercial
buildings, have included installing an air pollution control system
that will set the standard for emission controls in the glass industry
and a furnace repair that will improve production. Part of the refurbishment
will convert the furnace from fuel oil to natural gas, thereby lowering
its greenhouse gas emissions by about 15 percent. Tullman explains
that following the improvements to the furnace, the glass that was
drained in January will be reused when the line is restarted.
"We plan to start heating back up in April," Tullman says. He adds,
"There is a very exacting schedule for all of this work, as time
is of the essence from day one."
An article in The Kingsburg Recorder noted that prior to
this, the line had not stopped running since April 1990.
HERE to read the article in The Kingsburg Recorder.
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