Construction has started on Guardian Glass’s second Polish plant.

The float glass manufacturer held a groundbreaking ceremony in Częstochowa, Poland.

The new facility location is adjacent to the company’s existing plant. Preparation and execution of the project has already begun.

“We are excited about the growth we’ve seen in Poland -- and confident that the Częstochowa location is well positioned to meet our customer’s needs,” said Kevin Baird, Guardian Glass President and CEO.

The new facility is expected to begin operations in early 2020, and will create more than 150 new jobs.

Guus Boekhoudt, Vice President of Guardian Glass in Europe, said: “Further evidence of our commitment to Poland is that our existing float line in Częstochowa just went through a repair project, which increases its production capacity by around 25%.

“With both furnaces, we are tripling production. To give you an idea of the size of this project, in the future, we will be able to produce 60km of glass per day – producing enough glass in four days to build a glass road from Częstochowa to Warsaw.”

Guardian Glass welcomed Janusz Michałek, President of the Katowice Special Economic Zone, and Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk, Częstochowa City Mayor, for the groundbreaking ceremony.