Economy, green and industry trends focus at GlassWeek, BEC
Hundreds of glass professionals gathered in Las Vegas Feb. 12 through today to discuss the economy, green opportunities for glass, scrapers and other industry trends as part of GlassWeek and the Building Envelope Contractors Conference, hosted by the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan.
The glass industry, as we know it, will be no more in just a few years, Russell J. Ebeid, president, Glass Group, Guardian Industries Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich., told a group of more than 500, Feb. 16, during the Building Envelope Contractors Conference in Las Vegas.
The U.S. economy went into recession in December 2007, after six years of growth, said Michael E. Collins, a senior associate with Jordan, Knauff & Co., an investment banking firm in Chicago. While glass and fenestration companies face challenges and belt tightening in the tougher times, the recession isn’t all bad news for the industry.
Technology-driven products top the product trends for window and glass companies, said Michael E. Collins, a senior associate with Jordan, Knauff & Co., Chicago, Feb. 15 during a presentation at GlassWeek in Las Vegas.
The Tempering Division of GANA discussed scraper warning labels, alternative cleaning methods and window washer collaborations during its Feb. 14 meeting at GlassWeek in Las Vegas.
During the Insulating Division meeting Feb. 14 at GlassWeek, Bill Yanek, executive vice president, GANA, updated the group on the proposed merger of GANA and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, Ottawa, Ontario.
The Fire-Rated Glazing Council met Feb. 12, kicking off GlassWeek in Las Vegas. The program runs through Feb. 15, coinciding with the organization’s Building Envelope Contractors Conference that runs Feb. 15-17.