A Snapshot in Time
1962 Founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota by M.L. Gordon.
1977 Introduced triple-pane insulating glass for energy savings.
1978 Began use of silicone dual-seal insulating glass for improved durability.
1983 Introduced LoĒ™ coatings to produce triple-pane performance in dual-pane construction.
1983 Built dedicated factory to supply LoĒ coatings for residential windows.
1987 Introduced argon gas filling of insulating glass units: combined with LoĒ this provides “quad-pane” performance in a dual pane IG unit.
1991 Introduced LoĒ2 ® coatings for year-round energy performance.
1992 Built first float glass plant to stabilize a glass supply chain for IG and CG plants.
1993 Launched XL Edge® glass, a durable, warm edge IG spacer system.
2002 Introduction of easier-to-clean LoĒ2 Plus® glass – built for the busy lifestyle.
2002 Preserve® film application launched. Protects windows through the entire construction process.
2006 Neat® glass introduced, the next generation of easier-to-clean glazing.
2006 LoĒ3-366®. The next generation of low-E: triple silver for low U-factor, low solar heat gain, and high light transmission.
2010 LoĒ-i81®. A durable low-E coating that can be used in exposed applications without the haze attributable to most “hard-coat” products.
2011 LoĒ-180. High solar gain low-E, re-engineered. The highest light transmission and lowest U-factor of any passive solar glazing.
2012 LoĒ-i89®. Energy-saving 4th surface coated glass. It offers more light transmittance and less reflectance than the i81 product.
2014 Endur™ IG. Exceptional longevity and warm edge performance. Delivers the industry’s lowest failure rate with the only comprehensive 20-year factory warranty.
Cardinal has always positioned itself as a technology leader. Here are some of the many new developments that Cardinal has presented to the industry:
- Dual seal insulating glass
- Sealed corners on IG spacer frames
- Volume introduction of heat-strengthened 2.3mm glass for resistance to thermal stress breakage
- Steel packing pallets for all glass products, eliminating waste of wooden shipping boxes
- Cullet repurchase program for float glass recycling
- Rotating targets for sputtering on new coating materials
- Post-temperable LoĒ, LoĒ², and LoĒ³ coatings
- On-line color measurement and quality assurance (QA) for coated glass
- On-line laser inspection/QA control of float glass
- On-line measurement of IG unit air space thickness
The secret to our success
Our success in the residential glass industry is due to three core ambitions: Providing superior-quality products, staying highly competitive in the marketplace and executing high-end customer service every day.
Thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of our employees, we consistently meet these objectives and continue to maintain our leadership position in the glazing industry.