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December 21, 2017
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Member Vote on Bylaws Amendments Coming in January!

Following unanimous approval by both Boards of Directors to combine the associations, NGA and GANA are now proceeding with member votes to ratify the combination. GANA’s member voting to approve the combination is currently underway; the NGA’s membership will vote in early January to change its bylaws to reflect the new combination structure and governance.

There are many positive benefits expected to result from the combination. First and foremost, NGA members will get to take advantage of GANA’s wide array of member publications and technical services. Also at the top of the list are positive impacts to Association activities and the long-term health and welfare of the glass and glazing industry.

The NGA’s Board of Directors strongly urges the membership to approve this Bylaws revision. Watch your email in early January for a link to the amended Bylaws and the official ballot for NGA voting members.


Glass Magazine Presents Plant Safety 101

By Norah Dick and Katy Devlin, Glass Magazine

Glass plants can be dangerous places to work. They combine the hazards of any manufacturing environment—the fork lifts, ladders and busy aisles—with a heavy, difficult-to-handle and very breakable work product.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,, the glass manufacturing industry reports higher-than-average incidence rates for workplace injuries and fatalities. To prevent accidents and keep employees safe, workplaces should establish a safety culture that combines training with enforcement. To assist in this effort, Glass Magazine has published Plant Safety 101: A guide to creating a culture of safety and preventing injuries in the glass plant.


Season of Giving

The NGA\WDDA staff collectively sponsored a local family in Fairfax, Virginia this month, contributing needed clothing and toys. Staff members thoughtfully purchased and wrapped items on the family’s wish list (pictured here before delivery) to provide the family with some holiday cheer.


GANA and NGA: Proceeding with Member Vote to Combine
NGA and GANA Announce Integration Task Force
NGA and GANA: Combination FAQs
2018 Top Glass Fabricators Report Submission Deadline Approaching
Dodge Momentum Index Continues Rise in November
Upward Trend Continues in Construction Spending
NSG/Pilkington to Reopen Ottawa Plant This Month
Roto Frank America Sponsors Jingle Bell Run
Heavy Lifting

By Katy Devlin, Glass Magazine

Recent design trends have introduced more complex systems, larger glasses and heavier units into projects of all sizes—from residential shower enclosures to all-glass skyscrapers. These more complicated products often require additional and more advanced equipment solutions. As a result, glaziers small and large increasingly turn to a growing range of handlers, lifters and manipulators to successfully and safely complete jobs. “The way the industry is changing—it’s moving to equipment that can handle bigger, heavier products, and reach higher,” says Tony Inman, president of Maeda USA.

Rich Caudill, project manager for Jekko USA, sees the same changes. “The glass seems to be getting heavier, bigger, dimensionally. A lot of [architects] are using glass, and a lot more of it,” he says. “We’re seeing structural applications and larger sizes, heavy window-front glass and complex interlocking curtain wall systems. This is a growing market, with new designs and new concepts. Glaziers have to find a way to handle it.”


HAGA Presents 2017 Glass Professional of the Year Award

The Houston Areas Glass Association, a sub-chapter of the Texas Glass Association, presented its 2017 Glass Professional of the Year award to James "Luke" Lucas with Meyerland Glass. The presentation took place at HAGA's Holiday Appreciation and Social on December 7.


Smith Glass

Get to know fellow NGA member Smith Glass, doing business in Oregon since 1945.

According to third-generation owner Bryan Smith, the company's keys to success include treating customers, vendors, and employees with fairness and integrity, providing the highest quality products, and supporting community organizations that work to change lives.




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