Guardian celebrates opening of Russian float plant

US Guardian Industries has officially opened its new float glass facility in Ryazan, Russia, with an open house for more than 350 guests, including federal and local officials, customers, suppliers an…

US Guardian Industries has officially opened its new float glass facility in Ryazan, Russia, with an open house for more than 350 guests, including federal and local officials, customers, suppliers and employees. The Ryazan plant has a capacity of 750 metric tons of float glass per day, which will be used for residential and commercial construction. The plant also has a technologically advanced coating machine to manufacture world-class, high-performance coated glass products. Other than being a natural progression for Guardian following its investments in Central and Eastern Europe, with plants in Oroshaza, Hungary; Thalheim, Germany; and Czestochowa, Poland, among other European locations, it is also is the first step in the company“s plans for continued growth in the country. Ryazan is Guardian“s initial entry into the region, said Russ Ebeid, chairman of the board and president of Guardian“s Glass Group. The decision to build in Ryazan fits with our global strategy and our marketing considerations. We are so confident in the opportunities in Russia that we are already in the very early days of planning a second float glass plant in Rostov in Southeast Russia. First we had to understand the business and governmental circumstances that are unique in Russia,” said Lajos Sapi, Guardian group vice president for Central and Eastern Europe. “We are grateful to have received outstanding support from Ryazan“s government officials in doing just that. It is you and your administrations that have helped us become a part of the local community. Sapi added that, The number of residential units in Russia is lower than the European average therefore a promising amount of new home construction has started. We expect it to grow in the coming years. In addition, we can count on the modernization of existing homes in terms of comfort and energy savings.