Construction milestone

Guardian Glass welcomed dignitaries for the ground breaking ceremony of the company’s new plant in Częstochowa, Poland.

The new facility location is adjacent to the company’s existing plant, and preparation and execution of the project has already begun.

“We are excited about the growth we’ve seen in Poland, and confident that the Częstochowa location is well positioned to meet our customer’s needs,” Kevin Baird, Guardian Glass president and CEO, said. “We’ve enjoyed strong support from the city of Częstochowa, the Katowice Special Economic Zone, and the Polish government.”

Mayor Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk said: “Guardian is not only a large employer, but also a particularly valuable partner in the region. It is very important that Guardian Glass expands its activity in Częstochowa and creates new jobs for qualified specialists.”

Guus Boekhoudt, vice president of Guardian Glass in Europe, said: “Further evidence of our commitment to Poland is that our existing float line in Częstochowa just went through a repair project, which increases its production capacity by around 25%. With both furnaces, we are tripling production.

“To give you an idea of the sheer size of this project, in the future we will be able to produce 60km of glass per day – producing enough glass in four days to build a glass road from Częstochowa to Warsaw.”

The new facility is expected to begin operations in early 2020, and will create more than 150 new jobs.