President Vicente Fox officially inaugurated Guardian Industries' 24th float plant
yesterday in El Marqués, Querétaro, Mexico. Mark LaCasse, managing
director of Guardian's Latin American operations, and Querétaro's Governor
Francisco Garrido accompanied President Fox during his tour of Guardian's new
"We are honored that President Fox and Governor Garrido could join us,"
said Russ Ebeid, president of Guardian's glass group. "Their presence underlies
the significance of Guardian's investment in Mexico." Ebeid also thanked
Mexican Secretary of the Economy Fernando Canales and the mayor of El Marqués,
José Gómez Güemez, for their assistance in the construction
and launch of the plant.
Construction of the $120 million manufacturing facility began in late July
of 2003 and was completed a year later when the first ribbon of glass was pulled
in August 2004. The facility employees approximately 300 people and produces about
650 tons of glass daily. Guardian says the plant will also generate as many as
1,000 more jobs in related supplier and logistics industries.