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December 22, 2016
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NGA AT WORK
GlassBuild America 2016: Growing Toward the Future
By Katy Devlin, with reporting from Bethany Stough and Wendy Vardaman; Photos by Robb D. Cohen

The glass industry dates back centuries, with many companies touting generations of history. However, the industry on display at the 2016 GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo had its sights firmly set on the future. Taking center stage in Las Vegas, Oct. 19-21, was an industry that is ambitious, innovative and optimistic; one that is expanding, investing and evolving to serve a quickly changing market.

“There is great history in this industry,” says Laura Biason, director of GIMAV, the Italian Association of Glass Processing Machinery and Accessory Suppliers, which hosted the Italian Pavilion at GlassBuild. “There are many companies [for whom] the glass tradition is millennial. Even among those companies, their approach is innovation. They bring their long tradition and passion to glass together with cutting-edge technology.”

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Dream Big Dreams

Bill Evans, Evans Glass

(from Glass Magazine’s glassblog )
We are right in the middle of holiday season. Two weeks ago we were thankful for our blessings. Have we already forgotten them? Have we been swept into the hustle of the season only to forget how fortunate we are?

At the end of every year, we naturally reflect on where we are. We tend to compare ourselves to other people. Sometimes decisions are made that are based upon the emotions of the season without considering the future. Let’s do something different this year. Let’s dream big dreams.


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NEWS TO KNOW
Glass Manufacturers Forecast Steady Growth for Industry in 2017
Guardian Announces Full Acquisition by Koch, Installation of New Jumbo Coater
Tecnoglass Acquires E.S. Windows LLC
The Year in Review: Top News from 2016
 
 
CHAPTER UPDATES
Registration Open for 2017 Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo

Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Glass Association has announced that registration is open for the 30th annual Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo, taking place Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The Glass Expo is the only glass exposition in the Washington, DC area and includes the latest in architectural glass and glazing products, curtainwall and storefront systems, equipment and machinery, tools, mirrors, bath enclosures, sealants, adhesives, doors and hardware, computers, and much more.

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YOUR PROFITS
Fired Up: 3 Things the Glass Industry Learned in 2016
By Jeff Razwick, Technical Glass Products

It’s been a long time since the glass industry could look back and describe a year as “busy.” Although busy is good, there’s still been a lot to learn along the way to our industry’s new normal. For some, the challenge has been how to remain productive with limited staff and production capabilities. For others, it’s finding skilled laborers for specialized jobs. Whatever the challenge, it’s safe to say we aren’t approaching project bids, manufacturing or support services the same way we were eight years ago when the recession hit.

So, what’s proved the most successful? Here are my thoughts on three of the most important lessons learned in 2016.

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NGA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Koonse Glass

(l-r) Tom Fiegel, Silas Koonse, co-owners

Get to know fellow NGA member Koonse Glass, located in Columbia, Missouri and celebrating 49 years in business.

Koonse Glass' most important keys to success are knowing that customers rarely come in the door with a good working knowledge of glass and taking the time to understand their needs and educate them on the products that will best serve them, even if it is not a product or service offered by Koonse Glass.

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