Guardian to Build Second Float Glass Plant in Russia

By Guardian Industries, PRNE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rostov plant will produce residential and commercial coated glass

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan, February 24, 2011 - Guardian Industries Corp. has culminated a few years of analysis and
strategic planning in announcing plans to build a float glass manufacturing
plant in Krasny Sulin (Rostov region), Russia. The $220-million plant will be
Guardian's largest, producing 900 tons of glass per day, and will include a
technologically advanced glass coater.

The Rostov plant will produce Guardian's high-performance,
energy-efficient ClimaGuard(R) (residential) and SunGuard(R) (commercial)
glass products for construction of homes, offices, retail, health-care and
other facilities. The plant is expected to begin operation in mid-2012, based
on fulfillment of all incentives and agreements with local authorities, and
will initially create 300 new jobs.

Located 957 kilometers (594 miles) from Moscow in the southern part of
Russia along the Azov Sea, Rostov has sufficient natural resources, a large
workforce and a well-developed transportation infrastructure. The area is
also close to Sochi, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The location is a good fit for Guardian's growth strategy to supply glass
to Russia and neighboring countries. In 2008, Guardian began production at
its plant in Ryazan, Russia, serving the greater Moscow region. Guardian was
one of the first companies to invest in Eastern Europe beginning
construction in Hungary in July 1989 prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall,
and presently operates facilities in Hungary, eastern Germany and Poland,
among other European locations.

Guardian officials said they have been exploring the Rostov business
opportunity over the past few years and are pleased to have reached this

"We appreciate the outstanding support we received from Rostov Governor
Golubev and his administration," said Guardian Glass Group President Russell
. "It is evident that they view new investment as a priority, and the
government works hard to streamline the development process to attract new
projects that will create new jobs. Guardian is bullish on Russia given the
excellent growth at our first plant in Ryazan and the customers we have in
the country. The timing is right for the region and for Guardian."

"We have enjoyed strong support in Russia from both the government and a
wide variety of customers," said Lajos Sapi, Guardian vice president of
Central and Eastern Europe. "We look forward to continued growth in the
country as we work closely with our customers and suppliers."

Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing company headquartered in
Auburn Hills, Michigan, with leading positions in float glass, fabricated
glass products, fiberglass insulation and other building materials for
commercial, residential and automotive applications. Its automotive trim
group, SRG Global Inc., is one of the world's largest suppliers of advanced,
high value coatings on plastics. Through its Science & Technology Center,
Guardian is at the forefront of innovation including development of high
performance glass coatings and other advanced products. Guardian, its
subsidiaries and affiliates employ 18,000 people and operate facilities
throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle

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