Distribution Production  
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.  
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