More than 10,000 expected at GlassBuild America
The doors of the Las Vegas Convention Center will open today for GlassBuild America, the Glass, Window & Door Expo, running through Thursday.
“This week, we celebrate everything that is great in the glass industry,” said National Glass Association President Phil James. This year’s “GlassBuild America promises to be the best ever, with attendance expected to be over 10,000.”
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About 100 glazing professionals attended the Glazing Executives Forum that included several presentations, breakout sessions and a demonstration of an installation tool (shown above).
Other industry meetings held yesterday in conjunction with GlassBuild America included Preventing Insulating Glass Failures, presented by the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance of Ottawa, Ontario; and Architects of a Better Mind presented by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association of Schaumberg, Ill.
The IGMA meeting runs through Tuesday and features 13 presentations from nine speakers. The sessions train managers and plant supervisors in commercial and residential insulating glass production.
Margaret Webb, IGMA executive director, welcomed about 60 manufacturers to the program, based on the association’s educational publications and covering the basics of different IG components such as spacers, desiccants and sealants and other “dos and don’ts” for manufacturing plant operators.
Speakers included Chris Barry, director of technical services, building products, for Pilkington North America Inc. in Toledo, Ohio, who offered an introduction to the physics of glass and the causes of glass breakage, as well as advice on how to investigate insulating glass failures. Mike Burk, training manager for GED Integrated Solutions in Twinsburg, Ohio, offered two sessions, one on cutting and washing of glass, and a second on safety.
The AAMA meeting, attended by about 45 industry representatives, highlighted blast mitigation, daylighting and sound attenuation.
Speakers included Jeff Frank, chief executive officer of Wasco Products Inc. in Sanford, Maine; Jim Plavecsky, a consultant with Edgetech in Cambridge, Ohio; Douglas Penn, director of management for YKK AP in Austell, Ga.; Jeff McClintock, North American architectural marketing specialist at the Powder Coating Division of Akzo Nobel of The Netherlands; and Larry Livermore, technical standards manager for AAMA.
The AAMA sessions also continue Tuesday.
The Glass Association of North America of Topeka, Kan., will host its Fall Conference Sept. 20 to 22 down the Las Vegas strip at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino; and the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association, also of Topeka, will host its Annual Membership Meeting Tuesday and Wednesday at the Las Vegas Hilton.
The NGA sponsors GlassBuild America along with partners AAMA, BEMA, GANA and IGMA.