Guardian Glass is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its Carleton, Michigan USA glass plant, the company’s first entry into float glass production.

Under the leadership of William “Bill” Davidson, Carleton pulled the first ribbon of glass on August 20, 1970.

Up until that point, the company had been a manufacturer of automotive laminated windshields using glass sourced from others.

With the launch of the Carleton float line, Guardian became the first new company to enter the glass manufacturing business in 50 years.

The state-of-the-art facility was 275,000 square feet and pulled 350 tonnes of glass per day.

Three years later, Guardian launched a second float line at the site and started its trajectory of global growth that continues to this day.

Ron Vaupel, Guardian Industries President and CEO said: “It is wonderful to celebrate this first float plant as we prepare to launch a new float glass plant in Poland just over a month from now.”