RUSSIA - Guardian Celebrates New Russian Float Glass
September 18, 2009
Guardian Industries celebrated the grand opening of its new float
glass facility in Ryazan, Russia today with an open house for federal
and local officials, customers, suppliers and employees. Ryazan
Governor Oleg Ivanovich Kovalev, former Governor Georgy Shpak and
Mayor Oleg Vladimirovich Shishov joined more than 350 guests for
The Ryazan plant produces 750 metric tons of float glass per day.
Production is targeted toward residential and commercial construction.
According to the company announcement, the plant also features a
technologically advanced coating machine, which enables it to manufacture
a variety of high-performance coated glass products specifically
designed to meet the needs of Guardian's Russian customers, and
those of neighboring countries.
Guardian says its investment in Russia is a natural progression
following investments in Central and Eastern Europe. It is also
the first step in plans for continued growth in the country.
"Ryazan is Guardian's initial entry into the region,"
says Russ Ebeid, chairman of the board and president of Guardian's
Glass Group. "The decision to build in Ryazan fits with our
global strategy and our marketing considerations. We are so confident
in the opportunities in Russia that we are already in the very early
days of planning a second float glass plant in Rostov in Southeast
Russia." Guardian also maintains facilities in Oroshaza, Hungary;
Thalheim, Germany; and Czestochowa, Poland, among other European
"First we had to understand the business and governmental circumstances
that are unique in Russia. We are grateful to have received outstanding
support from Ryazan's government officials in doing just that,"
says Lajos Sapi, Guardian group vice president for Central and Eastern
Europe. "It is you and your administrations that have helped
us become a part of the local community."
He added that, "The number of residential units in Russia is
lower than the European average therefore a promising amount of
new home construction has started. We expect it to grow in the coming
years. In addition, we can count on the modernization of existing
homes in terms of comfort and energy savings. Our plant in Ryazan,
with the latest float glass production technology and our wide variety
of coatings, can supply quality products on time over the long term.
We are looking forward to a great future in Ryazan and Russia."
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