Guardian Industries Corp. Provides Ultrawhite™ Glass For World Trade Center #7

Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries has announced that its UltraWhite™ low-iron glass has been selected for use on New York City's World Trade Center Building #7 project. As many know, Building #7 was the third building to collapse following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Complex on September 11, 2001."

"Our glass can be seen in many skylines and cityscapes across the globe, but there is no view as famous or familiar as the panoramic postcard of New York City," said Russ Ebeid, president of Guardian's Glass Group. "It is an honor for us to have been chosen to provide our UltraWhite glass for the World Trade Center #7 project."

Viracon, the glass fabricator for the #7 project, says it chose Guardian's UltraWhite glass because of its crystal clear characteristics and because Guardian's unique manufacturing methods allow for quick turnarounds, making it possible to meet virtually any project schedule.

"Viracon is pleased to have Guardian Industries as its float glass partner for the supply of UltraWhite low-iron glass for the reconstruction of the prestigious World Trade Center #7 project," said Brad J. Austin, Viracon senior vice president. "With the use of UltraWhite glass we are able to achieve a crisp appearance and see the 'true' color of the silk-screen and coating because of the ultra clear characteristics of UltraWhite glass."

UltraWhite is a clear, high transmission glass product that can be used virtually anywhere regular float glass is used. Guardian scientists reduced the iron content and added key ingredients to its clear float glass to improve clarity and color neutrality.

Standing 50 floors tall, the rebuilt #7 will use as much as one million square feet of glass. The lead architect for the project is Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP from New York and the builder is Tishman Construction out of New York City. Silverstein Properties of New York owns the land.

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