Guardian Glass is installing a jumbo coater in North America. The company’s board of directors approved the investment.

According to a release from Guardian, its ability to coat jumbo-sized glass means it can supply larger lites of coated glass to its customers for fabrication into finished sizes for glass facades and windows.

“We are very pleased to hear that Guardian will soon be introducing jumbo-sized coated glass capability in the U.S.,” says Sameer Kumar, director of enclosure design at SHoP Architects. “The need for jumbo-sized glass cannot be overstated and, as a result of Guardian’s initiative, designers will no longer have to rely on overseas suppliers to meet the needs of our domestic projects. This positive development means greater flexibility and a wider material palette to choose from, which we welcome.”

“The new jumbo coater will also create value for Guardian customers by increasing their product offerings, and allowing them to reduce inventory and waste,” adds Rick Zoulek, vice president, Americas, Guardian Glass. “Ultimately, increasing capabilities in the commercial segment with these jumbos supports our customers throughout the design and supply chains.”

Guardian will announce the jumbo coater location in the near future.