GW: What was the motivation for recently constructing a jumbo coater at the Carleton, Michigan plant?
Architects are increasingly designing projects with larger glass sizes. Adding the ability to coat jumbo-sized glass in Carleton means Guardian Glass can supply larger sheets of coated glass to its North American customers. It’s a natural progression of customer support and we have the expertise as Guardian has been producing jumbo glass in Europe for years. Also, this supports the architectural trend of more expansive views and higher daylight penetration in buildings with the energy savings of the Guardian SunGuard portfolio of high performance, low-E coatings.