Guardian Industries’ Board of Directors has approved a major capital project to repair the float glass furnace and expand glass production at its DeWitt, Iowa, USA plant.

The proposed project, expected to begin first quarter of 2017, will increase the plant’s production capacity, add new environmental control technologies and enhance products and services to support its customers.

“This investment reinforces our commitment to create value for our customers and the communities we serve,” said Rick Zoulek, Vice President, Glass, Americas.

“The project will expand Guardian’s ability to service customers with high quality glass while using best available control technologies to ensure environmental excellence.”

The DeWitt plant started operations in 1996 and in 2007 added an advanced magnetron sputter coater, allowing production of Guardian’s ClimaGuard and SunGuard low-E glass products.

The plant services window customers and commercial fabricators throughout the United States, targeting those operating in the upper Midwest.

The plant also produces high-speed toughened glass and mirrors.