Guardian Glass announces the company is now producing 130” x 240”, or “super jumbo,” SunGuard® coatings on clear or Guardian UltraClear® float glass at its Carleton, Michigan facility.
Guardian is responding to demand from architects who are pushing design boundaries with buildings that maximize views and natural light for occupants in interesting, forward-thinking facades while also reaching energy performance codes and standards.
“Super jumbo helps our fabrication customers improve yields on many common commercial sizes and produce oversize insulating glass units that aren’t possible with standard jumbo coated glass,” says Chris Dolan, Commercial Segment & Technical Services Director, Guardian Glass North America.
Independent Guardian Select® fabricator Press Glass is capitalizing on this advantage. Press Glass brought its longstanding expertise in super jumbo – its Polish facility fabricates glass up to 275” – to North America last year. Its Ridgeway, Va. factory was built to accommodate 130” x 240” glass. The fabricator has some of the largest glass sizes available in North America.
“Our customers want larger glass, whether it’s commercial or residential,” explains Piotr Styk, Senior Estimator/Project Manager at Press Glass. “Everyone is calling for expansive views, and the bigger the better. When we were deciding on equipment to purchase for our new facility, we researched the maximum glass size available in North America. Guardian offered the largest size at 240”, so we made sure to equip our facility with machines that could handle that size. At Press Glass, we strive to exceed quality standards. Every order is a custom order, so it’s essential that we work together effectively. Our communication with Guardian works very well. It’s a very effective partnership.”
That partnership has delivered on projects that range from Press Glass’ Ridgeway facility, which boasts 231” x 115” triple insulating glass units that include Guardian SunGuard® SNX 51/23 coated glass and SunGuard® SuperNeutral® 68 coated glass, to the under-construction Terminal 5 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, which uses Guardian SunGuard® SNX 62/27 coating on UltraClear® low-iron glass in a large variety of sizes.
“Even in circumstances where we’re not using super jumbo as the standard size, it helps us maximize yield and minimize waste because the cutting optimization is better,” explains Spencer Green, Area Sales Representative, Press Glass.
Guardian Glass super jumbo glass is available with multiple high-performance Guardian SunGuard® coatings on clear and UltraClear™ low-iron substrates, at 6, 8, 10 and 12mm thickness. These coatings allow architects and designers greater flexibility to specify coated glass that meets their performance and aesthetic goals.
About Guardian Glass
Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float, coated and fabricated glass products. At its 26 float lines around the globe, Guardian Glass produces high performance glass for use in exterior (both commercial and residential) and interior architectural applications, as well as transportation and technical products. You’ll find Guardian glass in homes, offices, vehicles and some of the world’s most iconic architectural landmarks. The Guardian Glass Science & Technology Center continuously works to create new glass products and solutions using the most advanced technology to help customers see what’s possible™. Visit guardianglass.com.
About Guardian Industries
Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, operates facilities throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Guardian companies employ 15,000 people and manufacture high-performance float glass; coated and fabricated glass products for architectural, residential, interior, transportation, and technical glass applications; and high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries. Guardian’s vision is to be a preferred partner to our customers, suppliers, employees, and communities based on a foundation of mutual benefit. This drives our relentless focus on improving people’s lives by providing products and services they value more highly than their alternatives and doing so responsibly while consuming fewer resources. Guardian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Visit guardian.com.