September 8, 2020
From the NGA
Glass Magazine's November/December issue will feature its Top Metal Companies report, an exclusive industry standard. The feature will again showcase leading glass and metal companies, provide a market snapshot for this segment, and feature standout projects. Submit by Sept. 22 to be a part of this feature.  
 
Glass Magazine: Industry Trends | Equipment and Automation
2020 has challenged glass companies across all segments of the industry, but it hasn’t stopped the pace of innovation and evolution across the industry. Check out the next installment of Glass Magazine's exploration of current product trends, focusing on the latest in equipment and automated machinery and processes. 
 
GlassBuild Connect Welcomes Keynote Speaker Jorma Vitkala
NGA welcomes longtime glass industry veteran Jorma Vitkala, who recently retired from Glass Performance Days, as GlassBuild Connect's keynote speaker. The highly anticipated session will explore how the global glass industry has evolved, innovated and changed in recent decades. Vitkala will share his insights about the transformative trends in the industry—from glass design, performance, processing and more. 
 
 
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After retiring, the best advice I could give, which remains true, was to tell newcomers to learn and commit to an industry and, in turn, that industry will take care of you. Experience in sales, technology and the like are important. But taking the time to choose an industry and learn it will generate exponential value for oneself, the employer and the industry. 

There are two major, can’t-miss presentations coming this week. On Tuesday, the most comprehensive and independent economic forecast focused on our industry happens. Connor Lokar is a tremendous speaker with impressive credentials on the economic side of things. Then Wednesday, Jorma Vitkala makes his final major industry event presentation in Global Glass Industry Trends at 1 p.m. ET.  
Take 5: Standout Products at GlassBuild Connect
GlassBuild Connect runs Sept. 1-30, featuring over 600 products. Each week, we'll highlight some of the can't-miss offerings at the show. This week, we're looking at protective glazing products on offer, from safety glass to bird-friendly glass. 

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