Guardian Glass will begin a major capital project to repair the float glass furnace and expand glass production at its Porto Real, Brazil float glass plant.

The project will increase the plant’s production capacity and enhance products and services to support its customers.

“Guardian first came to Brazil in 1994 when it opened a warehouse in Guarulhos, and we have continued to grow ever since,” adds Ricardo Knecht, general manager, Guardian Glass South America.

“This project demonstrates our confidence in Brazil, and it is aligned with our long-term growth strategy.”

The Porto Real plant started operations in 1998 and in 2010 added a magnetron sputter coater, allowing production of Guardian Residence and Guardian SunGuard low-E glass products for commercial and residential applications.

The plant services window customers and commercial fabricators in Brazil. Guardian Glass also operates a float glass plant in Tatuí, Brazil.