Guardian Industries Invests in Hungary Plant
Guardian Industries of Auburn Hills, Mich., is investing in a new glass coater
and expansion project at its Oroshaza, Hungary float glass plant. According to
the company, the $37-million investment includes a new 38,000-square-foot (3,530-square-meter)
building that will house the technologically advanced magnetron coater. The addition
of the coater will enable the plant to produce ClimaGuard N and ClimaGuard
Premium -- both residential low-E products. The new coater will coat up to six
million square meters of glass per year.
"Southeast Europe, particularly Hungary and Romania, has seen an increase
in commercial and residential construction and with that, the need for high-quality
energy efficient windows has grown as well," said Guardian Glass Group president
Russ Ebeid. "With ground-breaking advances in research, Guardian continues
to meet the needs of its customers and develop products for future applications
in emerging glass markets."
The new coater will begin production in the fall of 2007 and create 50 new
jobs at the plant.
Guardian opened the Oroshaza plant in 1990, and in doing so, became the first
foreign company to invest in a new float glass facility in Eastern Europe.