Guardian Glass Approaches Launch of First North American Jumbo Coater

Guardian Glass began operations of its new North American jumbo coater this month at its plant in Carleton, Mich. The facility will produce Guardian SunGuard-coated jumbo glass.

This jumbo coater is the company’s 12th, and the first in North America. The company will focus initial production on its most popular double and triple silver SunGuard coated glass for architectural applications. The use of SunGuard coated glass in jumbo sizes—lites up to 217 square feet—opens up possibilities to architects by delivering expansive views with high performance to their design repertory, according to the company.

“This jumbo coater will create value for North American independent Guardian Select fabricators by increasing their product offerings and allowing them to reduce inventory and waste,” says Rick Zoulek, vice president of the Americas. “We’re pleased to soon offer to our North American customers 20 years of jumbo-coated glass experience combined with our high-performance, low-E SunGuard coated glass.”

Jumbo-sized Guardian Glass products will be available in 130-inch by 204-inch sizes, and as special orders at 130 inches by 240 inches. The lites will be available in 6-, 8- and 10-mm thicknesses, and on these jumbo-coated clear, tinted and low-iron float substrates according to the launch schedule:

  • Clear;
  • Guardian UltraClear low-iron;
  • Gray;
  • Green;
  • Guardian CrystalBlue; and
  • Guardian CrystalGray.

YKK AP America Adapts to Evolving Workforce

YKK AP America Inc.’s recent hiring of Patrys Wiid for the newly-created vice president of organizational excellence position is part of a wider employee-focused strategy (see related article page 78).

Oliver Stepe, president of YKK AP America, tells USGlass magazine that the addition of this particular executive position is part of a multi-year strategic plan, that began as early as 2016, to build a stronger company with an increased focus on customers and employees.

“We want to leverage our employees toward a performance that satisfies our customers,” says Stepe. “We want to benchmark ourselves against the top employers.”

Stepe emphasizes that the strategy is not about fighting effects of the current labor shortage or employment rates.

“We’re not in this for one economic cycle. This is a paradigm shift, not a reaction,” he says. “The things a company does in the first 25 years are not what will make it successful in the next 25 years. If manufacturers do not evolve, they won’t survive.”

Increasing diversity is a major goal of YKK AP America, according to Stepe. He is encouraging the company to dis-cuss diversity in multiple dimensions, from age and sexual orientation to religion and race.

Mappi Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Mappi is celebrating 25 years in the glass industry producing glass tempering furnaces and glass laminating machines.

The company started in 1993, when Nancy Mammaro had a vision to provide high-quality tempering furnaces focusing on overall quality without compromise, according to the company. Today Mappi has more than 400 furnaces installed in more than 50 countries. Mappi has two branches, one in Italy and one in Florida, and more than 30 partners worldwide.

“I think Mappi is one of the first supliers in the world for reliability, compliance and technology. That’s why we chose them 25 years ago. Today we continue to show respect for each other,” says Giorgio Nardo, CEO of Nardo Vetro, a Mappi partner.

Nardo Vetro was Mappi’s very first customer. This partnership was celebrated during the Italian celebration for Mappi’s anniversary.

“Our customers are our strengths and our focus. Everything we do is in order to improve their business to make a difference in the glass industry. We are rewarded when this relationship is constant and always stronger and stronger, year by year. We know we have done a great job for them, as for Nardo Vetro,” says Mammaro.

“We would not exist without our customers and we would not have all these successes without our people that every day work with passion to be part of our glass excellence in the world. In this pleasant occasion we celebrate the first of our employees of Mappi and all of you,” adds Ermanno Petitti, sales manager.


Kuraray’s Trosifol business has launched a global design competition for projects and structures that incorporate laminated glass. The World of Innovative Glass Laminating Solutions Design Competition runs until September 7, 2018. Architects, engineers, façade consultants and fabricators are invited to submit projects for consideration in Trosifol PVB and SentryGlas categories. The winners will be recognized at glasstec in October. … Halio smart-tinting glass will be used in the renovation of Gare Maritime, a turn-of-the-century commercial train station in Brussels, Belgium. According to the company, Halio uses technologies to ensure occupant comfort without covering up the original metal architecture with blinds and other daylighting techniques. Halio will be used in 600 windows for the building’s two large glass facades. … Frank Lowe Rubber & Gasket Co. Inc. has changed its name to Frank Lowe. This change is reflected on its new website and social media sites. The company also has a new logo. … Bacon’s Architectural Muntins, a manufacturer of fully-assembled custom muntin grids for storefront curtainwall, announced the first winner of its Customer of the Year Award: Architectural Glazing Systems Inc. (AGS) of Georgia. AGS is a repeat BAM customer that supplies and installs storefront, curtainwall and a variety of glass and architectural products in the Atlanta area.

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