Guardian Glass Offers Further Details on Plant Closure in Ohio

Guardian Glass, a subsidiary of Guardian Industries, announced in late September that it will close its Millbury, Ohio, fabrication plant by the end of 2019. The plant operated the company’s pilot vacuum insulating glass (VIG) line, as well as a variety of other glass fabrication activities, and employed approximately 100 people.

Amy Hennes, director of global communications for Guardian Industries, told USGlass that the decision comes after a company review of its business activities to assess the long-term competitiveness and viability of the location within the company.

“We are in the process of evaluating needs within the company, transferring as many employees as possible to other opportunities and providing career/outplacement services to those employees for whom alternative opportunities have not been identified,” said Hennes. “Some members of the team will continue our focus on VIG technology and developing opportunities to continue exploration of the science and the next innovation in vacuum insulating glass.”

Hennes added that the company remains committed to VIG.

“Guardian Glass remains enthusiastic and dedicated to developing the right value proposition for vacuum insulating glass, and the technology required to deliver it. We look forward to supplying the refrigeration segment in the future and helping the architectural and building construction community increase the window-to-wall ratio, while elevating energy efficiency,” she said. “The company’s priorities are with its employees and customers as we move through this transition and the safe shutdown of operations. We thank all employees connected to the project for their dedication in building a product that delivers innovation and value to its customers.”

TriView Glass Shutters Operations

TriView Glass Industries LLC, based in City of Industry, Calif., is no longer in business. The company continued to produce orders as its inventory permitted following the closing on September 27, 2019, according to an automatic email response generated by an inquiry to the company. The email also asked that any customers with questions regarding their account contact the office. The Kastaniuk family, founder of the company, also thanked its customers for their support.

TriView was a glass fabricator with tempering, laminating, insulating glass and printing capabilities. It purchased its second tempering line at the beginning of 2017 and entered into a production agreement with SolarWindow Technologies in August 2017.

No information was given about why the company ceased operations.

SmartLift US Introduces New Financing Arm with UniFI Equipment Finance

SmartLift US is working with Ann Arbor, Mich.-based UniFI Equipment Finance Inc. to provide monthly payment financing for its customers. The companies will market the new program jointly.

SmartLift’s lease and financing options will allow customers to acquire the full range of its products, according to the company.

“By providing this new financing avenue to our customers, we are making it easier for small and medium businesses to purchase a SmartLift glass manipulator that improves safety, reduces labor cost and increases production,” says Steven Brooks, national sales director at SmartLift US. “UniFI is a long-time preferred finance partner and this expanded relationship supports our ability to drive sales and substantially enhance our offerings.”

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together. By providing SmartLift customers with best-in-class equipment financing, all parties will win,” says RJ Grimshaw, CEO and president of UniFi Equipment Finance.

Vitro Glass Education Center Updates Three Videos

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has added three updated videos to its newly rebranded Vitro Glass Education Center. Topics include:

1. Determining the Right Glass for the Right Acoustics—This video highlights the sound-related factors architects and specifiers must consider when assessing a project’s design requirements and how they impact the glazing system, including whether to use Sound Transmission Class (STC) or Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) ratings.

2. Managing Thermal Stress Risk— This four-minute presentation explains how thermal stress breaks glass and the factors that impact its ability to resist heat stress, such as glass types, coating type and orientation, outdoor shading patterns, indoor shading devices, heat register location and orientation and framing systems.

3. Bent and Laminated Glass Demonstration—This three-minute video shows the glass bending and laminating processes from their beginnings at the cutting line to finished fabrication into insulating glass units.

The Vitro Glass Education Center covers more than 40 different glass topics using a combination of videos, infographics, slide shows and articles.

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