History

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.

Technology leader

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 and LoĒ² 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

Success is at our core

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.

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Since 1962, Cardinal's mission has been to provide the highest quality glass products for residential windows throughout the world.

Today we’re the largest fabricator of sealed insulating glass units and supply over half the low-emissivity coatings used in North America. We now distribute our energy efficient and durable glass products worldwide.

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