Guardian Industries Corp. announced that it will close its Floreffe, Pa. float glass plant in 2015. The plant currently produces dark tinted privacy float glass—PrivaGuard and MidnightGray II—and Guardian plans to shift that production to its Carleton, Mich. float glass plant.

The Floreffe location currently has about 140 employees.

“Guardian continuously reviews its manufacturing operations to ensure they are positioned for sustainable, long-term growth and to create value for our customers,” says Kevin Baird, president, Guardian Flat Glass. “We want to reinforce our commitment to the transportation segment. The company has determined it can best serve its customer base for privacy glass products from its Carleton, Michigan plant.”

According to the company, Guardian is working with Floreffe’s Union leadership to develop a mutually-agreeable plan to help employees during the time of transition.

“We recognize the impact this will have on our valued employees, and we appreciate the contributions they have made to the plant,” adds Baird. “We are committed to support and assist them throughout the process.”

Carleton’s production of privacy glass will provide customers a single source for a wider range of products and technical services and the flexibility to receive mixed loads. The facility has access to major transportation hubs to provide efficient export services. It currently produces a full product line of green tints for the automotive segment, as well as float and coated glass products for commercial, residential and other applications.

The company says privacy glass production will take place at both facilities during a transition period in the middle of 2015 to ensure uninterrupted supply. Customers will not be adversely affected by this transfer.