Distribution & Production

Guardian Glass Begins Production of Jumbo Coated Glass in North America

Guardian Glass’ 12th jumbo coater, and first in North America, is now operational in Carleton, Mich. The company has completed all testing on the new line and is coating its float glass with Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 HT.

“We’re pleased to announce that the first project that will fea-ture glass from the new jumbo coater is One Campus Martius, in Detroit, just miles from Guardian’s plant in Carleton, Mich.,” says Rick Zoulek, vice president – Americas at Guardian Glass. “Our partnership with Cristacurva on this project is just the start of a new level of service. We’re bringing value to our customers by offering much larger sizes of coated glass, while helping architects achieve their design vision.”

“Jumbo coated glass from Guardian Glass enables us to utilize Cristacurva’s full fabrication capabilities to make the finished insulating glass units,” adds Javier Sánchez-Gil, chief operating officer at independent Guardian Select fabricator Cristacurva.

One Campus Martius will utilize about 80,000 square feet of SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 HT coating on 8-mm clear jumbo glass with units up to 180 inches high, both flat and curved. The project is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2019. The Campus Martius project is adding more than 300,000 square feet of office space in the city, according to the company.

The jumbo glass is available in the standard size of 130 inches by 204 inches, as well as special orders at 130 inches by 240 inches. The jumbo glass lites will be available in 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-mm thicknesses, with coatings avail-able on clear, tinted and low-iron float glass substrates.

Greco Forms Alliance with Q-Railing

Greco Aluminum Railings, a manufacturer of engineered railing and safety systems for the multi-family, commercial and institutional markets, has created an alliance with Q-Railing in the U.S. and Canada to expand its stainless steel and structural glass railing product offering.

Greco will add Q-Railing’s global brand of products to its portfolio of railing systems.

“The two companies have the same core beliefs in quality, safety and service. Our new alliance will provide designers and owners a complete line of high-end, engineered railing systems with dedicated customer support at a competitive price,” says Jim Ellsworth, president of Greco’s U.S. operations.

DeGorter Inc. Announces Partnership with Macotec

DeGorter Inc. recently announced a new partnership with Macotec, an Italian supplier of glass cutting and handling systems. The new alliance will expand Macotec’s market to the U.S. and will allow DeGorter to include a new range of products.

DeGorter Inc. has been providing glass processing products to the domestic glass market since 1969 and has been in operation since 1922, originally importing glass to the U.S. from Europe.

Macotec, based in Rogolo, Italy, has been a supplier since 1997. The company offers solutions for monolithic and laminated glass with internet of things capabilities, cutting optimization, label printing, and remote connection capabilities.

“Macotec is a perfect fit to our portfolio, which focuses on the high-est quality and technically advanced products at the best possible value. We are extremely excited at the value this strategic partnership brings and feel this is another step toward our vision; to be the most comprehensive flat glass agent in the United States and develop a fulfilled network of customers while building mutual loyalty and respect,” says Pete deGorter vice president.

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