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September 27, 2017
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GlassBuild America 2017: Resilience and Passion

What was shaping up to be the second largest GlassBuild in its history was thrown a curve ball when first Hurricane Harvey hit in Texas, and then Hurricane Irma hit Florida and Georgia just days before the show. Not surprisingly, these weather events took a toll on the exhibits and attendance numbers, but the industry’s resilience and passion made sure the show was far from a washout.

The final scorecard had 458 exhibiting companies occupying 180,395 net square feet on the show floor, and the total verified attendance was just shy of 6,000 over the 3-day event. What might have been lost in quantity, was certainly made up for in quality with exhibitors and attendees alike appreciating the business done in Atlanta.


Glass Magazine Photo Contest Winners Announced
Winning Shots Highlight Incredible Views and Achievements at the Jobsite
By Wendy Vardaman

The Glass Magazine Reader Photo Contest recognizes photos that capture what’s possible with glass and glazing, demonstrate the complexity and aesthetic value of industry products and processes, and show the everyday experiences of workers in the glass and glazing community. Submitters achieved this goal and more in their entries to the second annual Reader Photo Contest.

Readers submitted photographs highlighting the achievements and advancements seen across all segments of the glass industry, from the factory floor to the jobsite. A panel of judges helped narrow the dozens of submissions down to five finalists.


NGA Announces New Board Chair
NGA and GANA Move Forward on Combining Associations
Hurricane Irma Puts Florida's Impact Glazing Codes to the Test
Unexpected Furnace Outages Prompt Concerns Over Glass Supply
GlassBuild America Pledges $15,000 for Industry Hurricane Relief
From the Fabricator: GlassBuild America Recap
Word Association at GlassBuild America
GlassBuild America 2017 Highlight Video
Designed to Inspire: The 2017 Glass Magazine Awards

The 2017 Glass Magazine Awards present bold feats of glass and glazing innovation, fabrication, installation and design
By Katy Devlin, Norah Dick, Bethany Stough, Glass Magazine

In recent years, glass and glazing industry companies have made major investments in research and development, and product innovation and design. The fruits of those investments in innovation come to bear among the winning projects and products of the 2017 Glass Magazine Awards.

“For many years, products were being innovated faster than the market could figure out what to do with them. This year the stars [of the Glass Magazine Awards] are the designers, fabricators and installers, who are completing very innovative projects,” says Glass Magazine Awards Judge Rob Botman, general manager, Glassopolis.

“It's … more amazing each year to see just how sophisticated our industry has become, and how everyone in the supply chain comes together to bring these designs to fruition,” says Judge Alice Dickerson, manager, marketing and communications, Building & Industrial, AGC Glass North America.

TGA Offers Information on Donating to Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief and Recovery

The Texas Glass Association offered the following information for anyone wishing to support the industry and others affected by Hurricane Harvey.

TGA members affected by Harvey need support at this very critical time. At this time we do not know the full impact, but if you know of specific needs, please let us know. Here are some immediate ways you can help.

American Red Cross: You can give here.
All Hands: You can give here.
Greater Houston Community Fund: You can give here.


Britt & Tilson Glass

Britt & Tilson Glass is located in Asheville, NC, serving as "Western Carolina's home for all things glass since 1960." 

According to vice-president W.D. (Billy) Britt III, the company's keys to success are to always be trustworthy and dependable, never sacrifice the quality of your work, and don't be afraid of different.

(l-r) Bill Britt Jr., president and Billy Britt III, vice-president



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