The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada is one North American project that uses oversize Guardian Glass. Guardian supplied SunGuard jumbo, low-iron glass from Europe, bringing value to the setting by giving patrons and visitors openness and abundant natural light for events. The glass curtainwall, which includes insulating glass units up to 95 inches by 228 inches, delivers uninterrupted views in and out, opening the NAC to the city. Photo: © Lisa Logan Photography

Guardian Glass will start its new North American jumbo coater in August. The expansion at the Carleton, Mich., facility is on-schedule to begin producing Guardian SunGuard-coated jumbo glass soon after the start-up.

This jumbo coater is Guardian’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 – on 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.”

Customers can order jumbo Guardian Glass products 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.