U.S. EDA Promotes Business Expansion in Chester County to Aid Guardian Expansion
January 19, 2012

The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) will invest $738,500 in the Chester Sewer District (CSD) of Chester, S.C., to build core public infrastructure needed to serve an expansion of Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries Corp.'s Chester County facility and attract other new businesses to the region, according to a January 18 EDA release. The project is expected to create 40 jobs and generate $45 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

The expansion will allow Guardian to produce a new line of glass, SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass, an energy-efficient, high-performance coated glass with a wide range of uses in the commercial construction market.

"It's great to see this grant come to fruition," says Tom Wunderlich, plant manager for Guardian's Chester County facility. "Any time that private/public investments and initiatives can come together to create new jobs, enhance manufacturing prowess and bring energy efficient products to our region -- well, that is what's called a win/win all the way around."

"Expanding our nation's manufacturing capacity is a top priority for the Obama administration," says U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez, in the EDA release. "This grant will support local business expansion and promote economic and job growth in this key region in South Carolina."

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