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Central Glass Finalizes Carlex Acquisitions

Central Glass Group officially acquires all outstanding shares of two subsidiaries of Guardian Industries Corp.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 1, 2014) — Central Glass Co., Ltd., a parent company of Carlex Glass, announced that it has finalized pending acquisitions to expand Carlex’s business operations.

Central 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, Michigan, 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, Indiana; Ligonier, Indiana; and Grevenmacher, Luxembourg.

All of the newly acquired companies will operate as Carlex, effective immediately, and the worldwide 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,” said Jim Shepherd, president of Carlex.

Central Glass and Carlex will continue to provide original equipment glass and replacement glass for a variety of OEM automakers and the aftermarket, including windshields, door glass, back windows and sunroofs. Its customer base will grow by adding many new customers in North America and Europe to an already well established customer base in the US and Japan.

In addition to increasing the number of customers that Central Glass and Carlex will serve, these acquisitions will add to the company’s portfolio of products, which will now include infrared reflective coatings on automotive glass, heated windshields and heads-up display windshields.

“We’re proud of our history in Tennessee and our headquarters operations will be staffing up as necessary in the near future," added Shepherd. "We are excited to welcome the newest Carlex employees into our family.”

Our History

Building on a tradition of success

In 1989, Central Glass Japan established Central Glass America Inc., and through it, Carlex Glass Company was established as a joint venture with Ford Motor Company. The purpose of this newly established joint venture was the manufacturing and selling of automotive glass through our Vonore, TN. location.

In 1995, Carlex Glass Company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Central Glass after dissolving the joint venture with Ford Motor Company.

In 2011, Carlex acquired automotive glass assets from Zeledyne, which included their float and automotive fabricated glass plant in Nashville, Tennessee (originally owned by Ford), and the automotive replacement glass distribution center in Lebanon, Tenn. Carlex is now the exclusive distributor of Carlite branded parts for the aftermarket in the United States. Carlex is a subsidiary of Central Glass Co., Ltd., a Japanese manufacturer of glass, chemicals, fertilizers and glass fiber.

In addition to Carlex, Central Glass operations in North America include Northwestern Industries, Inc., and SynQuest Laboratories, Inc.


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