From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun
Glass treated with a special coating applied in Corsicana was recently installed in the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York City.
The Guardian Industries’ DiamondGuard glass was installed on the102nd story of the historic landmark as part of an extensive renovation. The Empire State Building features two observation decks, one on the 86th floor and the other, almost a quarter mile up in the sky on the 102nd floor, the highest point in New York City. Visitors to the 102nd floor Observatory are treated to a panoramic view of New York where on a clear day you can see 80 miles and five states. Guardian DiamondGuard glass can be found as part of the insulated glass units on the 102nd floor.
With approximately 4 million people visiting the Empire State Building each year, Guardian DiamondGuard was selected because it is 10 times more scratch resistant than regular glass, which means longer lasting glass and clear, unobstructed views.
“We knew where that glass was going to end up,” said Kurt Christian, executive manager of the Corsicana Guardian plant. “It was a long process that started back in 2010.”
Corsicana managers were part of the quoting and bidding process from the beginning, Christian said.
The glass itself was produced in Guardian’s Carleton, Mich., plant, using a process that creates an UltraWhite glass with reduced iron content for clarity and to reduce the green tint in most clear glass. The DiamondGuard coating was applied at the Corsicana plant, then it was laminated at the company’s Reedley, Calif., plant
Because it is permanently fused with the strength of carbon, DiamondGuard has an extremely low coefficient of friction that permanently protects it from scratching, scuffing and hazing. The glass’s scratch resistance is the result of Guardian’s patented vacuum deposition process, developed in response to the requests of facilities managers for a more durable glass product. Guardian DiamondGuard demonstrates substantiability in the built environment because high endurance glass minimizes the need for costly replacements.
“So if you’re looking at an observation deck, with people with their hands up against the glass, this will resist longer and you won’t have to replace it anytime soon,” Christian noted. “We also did some shelves for the gift shop.”
Typically, the Corsicana plant ships regionally to the Southwest and areas bordering Texas, but customers in North America who want this particular product can only get it at the Corsicana plant.
“This product we sell primarily in furniture markets, for mirrors in hotels and casinos, table tops, bus and train windows, for mass transit, where people tend to scratch those,” Christian explained. “This stuff was also used for Humvee windows in the Middle East because the sand would scratch the windshields and at night they couldn’t see because of the haze from lighting.
“It’s a cool product and it’s exciting for us,” Christian said. “We like to sell it.”
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