Laminated Sidelites, Solar Glazing, Major Topics
During Congressman's Visit to Manufacturing Plant
January 5, 2012
U.S. Representative John D. Dingell (D - Mich.) toured a Guardian
Industries plant in Carleton, Mich., yesterday, and one major point
of discussion related to the growing use of laminated sidelites, according
to Guardian officials.
|Left to right: Mike Morrison, president, Guardian
Automotive; Congressman Gary Dingell; Gerry Hool, plant manager,
Guardian Carleton plant; and Robert Joyce, director, global
“In specific, we talked about issues such as the use of laminated
sidelites in buses and cars for safety reasons as well as federal
and state fuel economy rules that give credit to auto manufacturers
for the use of advanced solar glazing that improves energy efficiencies
and reduces emissions,” says Guardian Automotive president Mike
Morrison. The automotive industry overall was a major topic, and,
going forward, company spokesperson Earnest Thompson says the company
plans to continue to work closely with Dingell’s office.
“We plan to continue providing him and his staff information about energy-efficient glass and its applications in autos, homes and offices as well as innovations that carry potential for the automotive industry,” says Thompson." These are areas of ongoing dialogue in Congress and as a leader, he wants to ensure he’s at the forefront of such issues.”
This was Dingell’s second time at the plant. “[The plant]
was established in 1970 and in 1990, the company’s research
and development (R&D) centethe Science and Technology Center
(STC)was established across the street, ensuing the R&D
and manufacturing were closely aligned,” says Thompson. “Such
a campus is unique and provided the Congressman with an update on
manufacturing issues, innovation developments and the state-of-the-art
in the glass business. He was interested in the overall status of
manufacturing and R&D in his home state. He had visited once many
years ago so was very interested in the manufacturing process and
the wide variety of application areas for glass products.”
Plant manager Gerry Hool escorted Dingell through the plant.
“I took him around from soup to nuts,” says Hool. ”I showed him the entire float process. We drove around in a cart and talked with people along the way. He’s a quick study, of course, asked excellent questions about our issues, challenges and plans for the future. Above all, he said that he’s ‘behind (us) all the way...’“
“Guardian’s Carleton plant is proof positive that we can
make it right here in America,” says Dingell in a press
release issued after the visit.
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