Guardian Glass North America has announced Vitrum Glass Group as the first company to earn Guardian Select Elite Fabrication certification for architectural glass fabricators in the United States and Canada.

State-of-the-art processing equipment, practices and measuring devices helped the company from British Columbia, Canada meet the Elite Optical Quality specification.

The new specification from Guardian Glass requires stringent specification targets and processing controls are in place to help achieve the highest level of optical qualities of glass on a project.

“We’re proud to be the first Guardian Select Elite Fabricator,” said Vitrum President Thomas Martini.

“As projects require more complex products and have increased quality requirements, it’s important to collaborate on an improved standard.

“Synergy between the glass fabricator and glass manufacturer is key to give the end user the confidence of a successful project.”

Brian Schulz, Segment Marketing Manager, Commercial for Guardian Glass North America added: “Vitrum understands architects are demanding higher optical quality standards.

“We look forward to taking our partnership – which reaches back to the early 2000s – to new levels of architectural glazing performance.”

Vitrum is said to temper more than 10Mft2 of glass and fabricates 600,000 sealed units annually.

It recently added capacity to expand its project roster with a new 175,000ft2 manufacturing building adjacent to the original 1996 facility in Langley, which came hot on the heels of a recent 65,000ft2 fabrication site just north of Calgary