Guardian Announces Expansion of Kingsburg Facility
Guardian Industries Corp. has announced it will invest more than $75 million
in its Kingsburg, Calif. float glass plant over the next few years.
The decision was made following numerous discussions with state
and local officials.
Improvements at the plant, which produces float glass, tempered
glass and coated glass for energy-efficient windows and commercial
buildings, include installing a state-of-the art air pollution control
system that will set the standard for emission controls in the glass
industry, and a furnace repair that will improve production. Part
of the refurbishment will convert the furnace from fuel oil to natural
gas thereby lowering its greenhouse gas emissions by about 15 percent.
"We greatly appreciate the support we received from the Governor's
economic development team and other state agencies, local state
legislators, Fresno County officials, local utilities and the Fresno
County Economic Development Corporation," said plant general
manager Jeff Booey. "We had actually considered closing the
plant and opening in another western state, but because of the support
and incentives we received, we made the decision not only to stay,
but repair, expand and improve our operations."
The plant opened in 1978. In 2004, Guardian Kingsburg underwent
a $40-million expansion that added a technologically advanced glass
coater and 50 new jobs. Today the plant employs 300 people.
"With these improvements we feel we will be able to better
service our West Coast customers and meet or exceed all of California's
environmental standards," said Booey. "I'm proud to say
we will be the cleanest glass plant in the country."
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