Carleton to House Guardian’s Jumbo
Coater; DeWitt Returns to Work
new jumbo glass coater will be
installed at the Guardian Glass fa-
cility in Carleton, Mich., strategi-
cally located across from the company’s
Science and Technology Center.The new
coater will allow the company to supply
larger sheets of coated glass to its cus-
tomers for fabrication and will reduce
lead times,according to the company.
County Business Development Corp.
and Michigan Economic Development
Corp. and are excited to move forward
on this project that will increase our
ability to serve the glass and building
industries, while augmenting our ex-
isting Carleton facilities,” Hool says.
And, at the company’s DeWitt, Iowa,
plant, Guardian Glass employees are
back at work after a ﬁre and explosion
occurred in early June.
Architects are increasingly design-
ing projects with larger glass sizes to
deliver desired aesthetics with more
expansive views and higher day-
light penetration,” says Rick Zoulek,
vice president of Americas at Guard-
“I’m pleased to report that everyone
is safe … and personnel are returning
to work,” Zoulek said. “The safety of
our employees remains Guardian Glass’
No. 1 priority.”
ian Glass. “Guardian’s new jumbo
coater will combine the larger size For U.S. projects such as the Eli and
He added that the facility’s glass
glass that architects demand with Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan inventory was not damaged and that
the world-class energy savings of the State University, Guardian Glass it has resumed glass shipments, “pro-
Guardian SunGuard portfolio of high supplied jumbo-sized coated glass cessing customer orders through nor-
performance, low-E coatings.”
Gerry Hool, Guardian’s Carleton it’s had this capability for some time.
plant manager, adds, “By co-locating
from one of its plants in Europe, where mal communication channels.”
He said that the ﬂoat glass line there
“will experience an extended repair.”
A spokesperson from Guardian told
the jumbo coater with our only U.S. and innovating faster.
plant with two ﬂoat glass lines, we will
“We’re pleased to have the support USGlass the company could not share
support Guardian customers by in- of the Village of Carleton, Ash Town- any further details on a timeline as of
creasing product and service offerings ship Planning Commission, Monroe press time.
Gateway Extrusions Adds Vertical Paint Line
ateway Extrusions invested in a new vertical
powder coat paint ﬁnishing line, which is now in-
stalled, tested and fully operational, according to
a release from the company.
The new vertical paint line allows Gateway to handle
lineals up to 25 feet, compared with 18 feet with our old
equipment,” says Tom Ziegler, president of operations.
With the new line, it can run one shift with ten employ-
ees compared to two shifts with 16 employees on the
old line. Installation of the new equipment required the
Gateway Extrusions installed a new vertical powder coat construction of a new 50-foot-high building addition to
paint line that allows it to provide consistent, high-quality Gateway’s existing facility to accommodate the vertical
extrusion ﬁnishes with shorter lead times.
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | July 2017