History of Guardian Glass

Guardian Glass North America - Our History, historical photo with a blue overlay

Our entrepreneurial spirit sets us apart

At Guardian, our heritage is rooted in anticipating the right technologies for the right places. We started as a windshield manufacturer in 1932, supplying laminated windshields for Detroit’s burgeoning automotive industry. On October 26, 1970, under the leadership of William “Bill” Davidson, Guardian opened a state-of-the-art float glass plant in Carleton, Michigan.

Leveraging the success of that first plant and our experience developing it, Guardian built float-glass plants first across the United States, followed by Europe, and finally expanding globally. In 1990, Gujarat Guardian Limited, a Joint Venture between Guardian Industries Corp. and Modi Rubber Limited, one of India’s leading manufacturers of float, coated and mirror glass products was established. In the year 1993, we built our first float glass plant in Ankleshwar, Gujarat. We were also among the first companies to develop low-emissivity (low-E) glass using a state-of-the-art magnetron sputter coating process.

We are ready to meet the challenges of the coming decades with new products and solutions that meet the needs of our ever-growing product base. It is our great foundation—along with thousands of committed people—that has made the first 85 years possible.

Today, you’ll find our glass, products and systems at work in vehicles, buildings and homes all over the world. And we’re excited to think about what’s coming next.

Guardian Glass North America - Our History, the early years

Early Years

1932

GUARDIAN GLASS COMPANY BEGINS AS A SMALL WINDSHIELD FABRICATOR IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN

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Guardian Glass North America - Our History, 90's

1990

1993

GUJARAT GUARDIAN LIMITED COMPANY FORMED AT ANKLESHWAR, GUJARAT

1994

MIRROR LINE PRODUCTION

Guardian Glass North America - Our History, 2010's

2010

2012

KOCH INDUSTRIES INVESTS IN GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES

2018

COATER PLANT INAUGURATION AT ANKLESHWAR, GUJARAT