Volume 39,  Issue 11,  November 2004

Company News

Guardian Industries Receives 2004 Luxembourg American Business Award
The Luxembourg American Chamber of Commerce in the United States has bestowed its 2004 Luxembourg American Business Award upon Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries Corp. and its president and chief executive officer William M. Davidson. The award was presented to Davidson at a dinner presided over by H.R.H. the Crown Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg. Remarks were made by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at the Rainbow Room in New York City on September 22, 2004 (see related story, page 6). 

Guardian Industries has been present in Luxembourg for more than 20 years. From its beginnings in Bascharage in 1981, Guardian has grown to become Luxembourg’s third largest industrial employer with two float glass complexes, an automotive glass manufacturing plant, a research and development center and the headquarters of Guardian Europe, which oversees manufacturing operations in eight countries and sales throughout Europe. The company opened Guardian Luxcoating in Bascharage in 2003, a state-of-the-art facility that is said to be the largest coater of glass products in the world.
Luxembourg minister of the economy and foreign trade Jeannot Krecké stated, “We look back upon a past and forward to a future of great promise for Guardian and Luxembourg, and to the cooperative transatlantic enterprise that has been so mutually rewarding.”

H.B. Fuller Ventures Invests in SAGE Electrochromics
H.B. Fuller Ventures, the corporate venture fund of H.B. Fuller Co., has invested in SAGE Electrochromics, a manufacturer and developer of electrochromic glass. SAGE’s product enables users to control the amount of light and heat that passes through glass electronically, without altering transparency. The technology is suitable for use in commercial, residential and transportation windows.

H.B. Fuller manufacturers insulating glass sealants, thermal barriers and glazing compounds for residential window manufacturers.

“This is a strategic investment for Fuller. We have complementary technology and share a similar customer base with SAGE. Our investment offers H.B. Fuller visibility and partnership opportunities with the leading company in this exciting new market,” said Bob McGrath, managing director of H.B. Fuller Ventures.
Info+ www.hbfuller.com or call 651/236-5104

Cardinal Plans for Expansion of Fargo Plant
Cardinal Glass, headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn., is expanding its insulating glass plant in Fargo, N.D., with a 103,814-square foot addition. The $4 million expansion is targeted for completion in February 2005 and will result in ten acres of production space under one roof.

F. Barkow Announces Winners of Glass Expo Midwest™ Drawing
In celebration of its 125th anniversary, Milwaukee-based F. Barkow Inc. hosted a plant tour and continental breakfast on October 15 in conjunction with Glass Expo Midwest ‘04. The company also raffled off three prizes to tour attendees.
Guy Longest of Builders Glass in Greenville, Mich., won the grand prize of a Barkow model 609H-A cargo van glass carrier, a $1700 value. First runner-up was Richard Howard of Grand Lake Glass in Grove, Okla. Howard received two Barkow Stake-Loc™ stakes, a $250 value. Judy Schulze of T & L Glass in Milwaukee was the second runner-up. She received two Barkow 10-inch load holding straps, a $120 value. 

The plant’s addition will include a fifth production line, additional warehouse space and about 25 more employees.


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