Production starts at Guardian’s Russian float plant
The first float glass ribbon was pulled on July 28 for Guardian Industries’ newest facility in Ryazan, Russia, according to a July 29 company release. The plant will produce 750 tons of glass per day, serving the residential and commercial construction markets.
The facility will also feature a coating machine to produce high-performance coated glass products for local and international customers. The coater should be operational by October, according to the release.
Guardian officials said its investment in Russia is a natural progression following investments in Central and Eastern Europe. “This was the right time for Guardian to move into this growing region,” Lajos Sapi, group vice president of Central and Eastern Europe, said in the release. “The decision to build in Ryazan fits with our global strategy and our marketing considerations.” Guardian maintains facilities in Oroshaza, Hungary; Thalheim, Germany; and Czestochowa, Poland, among other European locations.