Carries Out Planned Float Line Closure in January
The production line at Guardian Industries' Kingsburg, Calif.,
facility was shut down on January 6 for the first time in 18 years-draining
1,600 tons of molten glass from the furnace-as part of a project
to upgrade the line.
The line closure was part of a $75 million expansion to the facility,
which has been underway since late 2006. (CLICK
HERE to read the original story.) Thus far the facility has
seen only civil improvementsinvolving excavation, building
changes and repairs-that could be done while the line was in full
"We expect no delays for customers as we have built inventory and
are supported by our sister plants for delivery-we hope to
not lose one load during this repair period and cause our customers
zero issues with glass supply or quality," says Don Tullman, general
manager of Guardian's West Coast operations.
Improvements at the plant, which produces float glass, tempered
glass and coated glass, have included installing an air pollution
control system that will set the standard for emission controls
in the glass industry and a furnace repair that will improve production.
Part of the refurbishment will convert the furnace from fuel oil
to natural gas, thereby lowering its greenhouse gas emissions by
about 15 percent. Tullman explains that following the improvements
to the furnace, the glass that was drained in January will be reused
when the line is restarted.
"We plan to start heating back up in April," Tullman says. He adds,
"There is a very exacting schedule for all of this work, as time
is of the essence from day one."
An article in The Kingsburg Recorder noted that prior to
this, the line had not stopped running since April 1990.
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