Vitrum Glass Group is the first company to earn Guardian Glass North America’s Guardian Select Elite Fabrication certification for architectural glass fabricators in the U.S. and Canada.

Vitrum achieved Guardian Select Elite Fabricator status because of its advanced capabilities and quality standards, according to the company. Processing equipment, practices and measuring devices help the company meet the Elite Optical Quality specification, a new specification from Guardian Glass that requires stringent specification targets and processing controls are in place to help achieve the highest level of optical qualities of glass on a project, according to the company.

“We’re proud to be the first Guardian Select Elite Fabricator,” says Vitrum president Thomas Martini. “As projects require more complex products and have increased quality requirements, it’s important to collaborate on an improved standard. Synergy between the glass fabricator and glass manufacturer is key to give the end user the confidence of a successful project.”

“We congratulate Vitrum for being the first fabricator to embrace Guardian’s newly enhanced fabricator program and complete the elite level of certification,” adds Brian Schulz, segment marketing manager, commercial for Guardian Glass North America. “Vitrum understands architects are demanding higher optical quality standards. We look forward to taking our partnership—which reaches back to the early 2000s—to new levels of architectural glazing performance.”

Vitrum, which tempers more than 10 million square feet of glass and fabricates 600,000 sealed units annually, also recently added capacity to expand its project roster: a new 175,000-square-foot manufacturing building adjacent to the original 1996 facility in Langley comes on the heels of a 65,000-square-foot fabrication site just north of Calgary.