Central Glass, parent company of Carlex Glass, has officially acquired all of the outstanding shares of two subsidiaries of Guardian Industries Corp.: Guardian Automotive Products Inc. (GAPI), formerly headquartered in Sterling Heights, Mich., and Guardian Automotive-E S.A. (GA ESA), formerly headquartered in Luxembourg.
This transaction includes three automotive glass manufacturing sites and the GAPI headquarters. The glass plants are located in Auburn, Ind.; Ligonier, Ind.; and Grevenmacher, Luxembourg.
All of the newly acquired companies will operate as Carlex, effective immediately, and the headquarters of Carlex will remain in Nashville. The former Guardian Automotive Products Inc. entity will be renamed Carlex Glass of Indiana Inc., and the former Guardian Automotive-E S.A. entity will be renamed Carlex Glass Luxembourg, S.A.
“We are excited about the synergies between the newly formed Carlex businesses that will expand the global footprint of Central Glass and its subsidiary, Carlex, in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The customer crossover between the companies was minimal, so we’re realizing a maximum impact of new audiences,” says Jim Shepherd, president of Carlex.