Although still in our adolescence, SRG Global has deep roots as a Guardian company. Our story begins amidst the Great Depression in a small plant on Detroit’s east side with 20 workers rolling out fewer than 100 windshields a day.
From humble beginnings, the company would weather the financial storm, a world war, and more challenges over the next seven decades to emerge as a global glassmaking giant to the building trades and a top 100 supplier to the worldwide automotive industry. With SRG Global in the fold, we can add another distinction as one of the largest manufacturers of chrome plated plastic parts in the world.
Praiseworthy titles, indeed. But what they represent is more than 75 years of vision and perseverance that made us the global megabrand we are today.
- 1932 – Guardian Glass Company is born as a small automotive windshield fabricator in Detroit, Michigan.
- 1957 – Bill Davidson is named President and stimulates a cycle of rebirth and growth that would propel the company into the next century and keep him at the helm for more than five decades.
- 1968 – Guardian goes public and becomes Guardian Industries Corp., comprising windshield fabrication operations, 10 automotive glass distribution centers and a photofinishing division.
- 1970 – Float glass operations commence in Carleton, Michigan, making Guardian Industries the first company to enter the U.S. primary glass industry in nearly 50 years.
- 1981 – Guardian extends its float glass business overseas with the launch of a new facility in Luxembourg.
- 1985 – Guardian goes private after 17 years as a public company.
Expansion continues into the 21st century with Guardian Industries now operating on five continents as one of the world’s largest suppliers of glass products for the commercial and residential building markets and the automotive industry.
SRG Global Takes Root
- 1982 – Guardian acquires Windsor Plastics, a manufacturer of decorative injection molded products, which becomes Guardian Automotive Trim.
- 1990 – Guardian Industries’ sales surpass the billion-dollar mark.
- 1996 – Automotive Molding Company — a manufacturer of exterior body components — is acquired, making Guardian the first Tier 1 automotive supplier for both glass and trim products.
- 1998 – Guardian acquires trim manufacturer Lab. Radio in Líria, Spain.
The trim division’s growth continues into the millennium with new operations and plant expansions across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
- 2008 – Guardian acquires Siegel-Robert Automotive, the largest manufacturer of electroplated plastic parts for the North American automotive industry.
- 2009 – SRG Global is born, combining the trim operations of Guardian Automotive and Siegel-Robert to form one of the largest manufacturers of chrome plated plastic parts in the world. The new company is headquartered in Warren, Michigan, with operations around the globe. Later that year, SRG breaks ground on a manufacturing facility in Bolesławiec, Poland.
- 2010 – SRG opens its Advanced Development Center in Taylor, Michigan. Exclusively dedicated to research and product innovation, the new facility is slated to develop the future of plastics coating technology for industries worldwide.
- 2012 – The new SRG facility in Irapuato, Guanajuato Mexico started production.