Glassmaker Guardian Industries has announced plans to build a float glass manufacturing plant in Krasny Sulin (Rostov region) in Russia.

The $220 million plant will be the company’s largest, producing 900 tons of glass per day and including a technologically advanced glass coater.

The Rostov plant is set to produce Guardian Industries’ energy-efficient ClimaGuard and SunGuard glass products for construction of homes, offices, retail, healthcare and other facilities. It is expected to be in operation by mid-2012, creating 300 new jobs.

The plant represents part of Guardian’s growth strategy to supply glass to Russia and neighbouring countries. In 2008, it began production at its plant in Ryazan, serving the greater Moscow region. Company officials said they have been exploring the Rostov business opportunity over the past few years.

“We appreciate the outstanding support we received from Rostov Governor Golubev and his administration,” said Guardian Glass Group President Russ Ebeid. “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.”