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October 31, 2016
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NGA AT WORK
The All-New MyGlassClass.com

Phase I of the MyGlassClass.com relaunch, focusing on basic safety for the glass and glazing industry, is complete. More than 30 new safety courses are now available. Topics range from personal protective equipment, to safe glass handling, to hand and power tool use. MyGlassClass.com users also now have access to OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 online training. More courses will continue to be added in the coming months.

NGA members receive an exclusive discount on all MyGlassClass.com courses.

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GlassBuild 2016 is a Winner!

With a final attendance just shy of 9,000 and more than 430 exhibiting companies, there’s no debating that GlassBuild America 2016 was declared a winner.  Attendees and exhibitors from 73 countries were treated to three days of product displays in four large halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center, along with peer-to-peer networking and takeaway education. 

How big was the win? Here's what our attendees and exhibitors had to say:

 

“We had such an amazing time at GlassBuild this year. We can't wait to get back and share what we've learned with our staff.”
-Dustin Anderson, Anderson Glass, LLC, Waco, TX

"This show has blown us away. We were so engaged with so many people, especially day one, that others were willing to sit and wait to talk to us about our product. The show has given us new momentum as a company."
-Craig Maierhofer, Alpen High Performance Products, Exhibitor

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NEWS TO KNOW
NGA\WDDA Announces Board Leaders for 2016-2017
From the Fabricator: GlassBuild 2016 Recap
GANA to Pair Fall Conference with GlassBuild America 2017
Vitro Completes Acquisition of PPG's Flat Glass Business, Invests in Jumbo MSVD Coater
Dwyer Group Acquires Cumberland County Glass, Promotes Steve Butler to President of Portland Glass
GlassBuild America 2016 in Photos
 
 
CHAPTER UPDATES
HAGA Clay Shoot Benefits Local Women's Center

The Houston Area Glass Association (HAGA), a subchapter of the Texas Glass Association, hosted a very successful 3rd Annual Clay Shoot on October 12. Awards were presented for first and second place teams and a raffle raised over $800 to benefit the Fort Bend Women’s Center in the memory of Mattie Carrillo.

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YOUR PROFITS
Economist Ken Simonson Forecasts Growth, Addresses Labor Concerns

Total nonresidential construction is expected to continue to growth through at least 2017, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America. Simonson spoke Oct. 19 at the Glazing Executives Forum during GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo in Las Vegas.

Nonresidential construction spending, which increased 5 percent in 2015, is expected to finish out 2016 up 5 to 8 percent year-over-year. Simonson expects growth in the segment to range between 2 and 6 percent in 2017.

“What we hear from contractors is that things are on track, and they expect to stay busy through 2017,” said Simonson to the group of more than 160 attendees. “For 2017, we think we will continue to see growth, though it is likely to taper off.”

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NGA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Flower City Glass

(l-r) Richard Gianforti, Sr.;
Richard Gianforti, Jr.;
James Gianforti, owners

Meet NGA member Flower City Glass, family owned and operating for 92 years in the Rochester and Syracuse, NY areas.

The company's keys to success include treating customers, vendors and employees with fairness and integrity, while offering all types of commercial glass, including aluminum curtainwalls, entrances and store fronts; architectural, fire-rated, specialty, decorative, heavy, and security glass; glass railings; glass framing systems; canopies; panel systems; flashing and sun-control systems, as well as residential windows & doors and mobile and in-shop auto glass services.

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