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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