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Vitrum Glass Group Earns first Guardian Select Elite Fabrication Certification

Vitrum Glass Group is the first company in the United States and Canada to earn Guardian Select Elite Fabrication certification for architectural glass fabricators, a certification designated by Guardian Glass North America.

Vitrum achieved Guardian Select Elite Fabricator status because of its advanced capabilities and quality standards, say company officials. State-of-the-art processing equipment, practices and measuring devices helps the company meet the Elite Optical Quality specification, a new specification from Guardian Glass that requires stringent specification targets and processing controls are in place to help achieve the highest level of optical qualities of glass on a project.

“We’re proud to be the first Guardian Select Elite Fabricator,” says Thomas Martini, Vitrum president. “As projects require more complex products and have increased quality requirements, it’s important to collaborate on an improved standard. Synergy between the glass fabricator and glass manufacturer is key to give the end-user the confidence of a successful project.”

“We congratulate Vitrum for being the first fabricator to embrace Guardian’s newly enhanced fabricator program and complete the Elite level of certification,” says Brian Schulz, segment marketing manager, commercial for Guardian Glass North America. “Vitrum understands architects are demanding higher optical quality standards. We look forward to taking our partnership―which reaches back to the early 2000s―to new levels of architectural glazing performance.”

“The wide variety of Guardian SunGuard coated glass products and resources paired with Vitrum’s ability to offer all products and processes under one roof―as well as our plans to introduce a new level of automation―positions us well as a Guardian Select Elite Fabricator,” says Martini.

Vitrum, which tempers more than 10 million square feet of glass and fabricates 600,000 sealed units annually, also recently added capacity to expand its project roster: a new 175,000-square-foot manufacturing building adjacent to the original 1996 facility in Langley comes on the heels of a 65,000-square-foot fabrication site just north of Calgary.

“Communication is essential in planning and managing successful projects,” Martini says. “Staying on top of new products and industry trends with the help of manufacturers like Guardian Glass is crucial.”