Guardian Glass Adds Super Jumbo Coating Capability at Carleton, Michigan Plant
Guardian Glass announced the company is now producing 130-by-240-inch, 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 and technical services director.
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 inches―to North America last year. Its Ridgeway, Virginia, factory was built to accommodate 130-by-240-inch 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. Everyone is calling for expansive views, and the bigger the better,” says Piotr Styk, senior estimator/project manager, Press Glass.