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June 28, 2018
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NGA AT WORK
From NGA's Department of Advocacy & Technical Services: Call to Action on NFSI Petition
On June 6, 2018, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published in the Federal Register a notice inviting the public to submit comments on a petition filed by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). While glass is not specifically mentioned in the NFSI petition and CPSC notice, it may be of interest to National Glass Association laminated glass and tempered laminated glass fabricators and suppliers engaged in glass floors and stair treads.

The NFSI petition requests CPSC to initiate a proposed rulemaking proceeding to mandate uniform labeling requirements for floors and floor coverings. The label would have to indicate a floor’s coefficient of friction and a degree of loss of traction or slip resistance based upon a prescribed test method.

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Welcome New Board Members!

We are pleased to announce three board members began their terms at the summer board meeting last week in Vienna, Va.: Tim Kelley, TriStar Glass, Catoosa, Okla.; Cathie Saroka, Goldray Glass, Calgary, Alberta; Gus Trupiano, AGC Glass Company North America, Alpharetta, Ga.

The meeting represented the fulfillment of NGA’s new governance structure consisting of 13 voting board members representing the entire supply chain. The new governance structure became effective after NGA combined with the Glass Association of North America on Feb. 1, 2018.

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NGA Has the Answers for Architects

NGA actively promoted the architectural glass industry by participating in AIA’s Architecture Expo last week at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The association takes part in the annual event to broadcast its many resources for the architectural community. NGA’s participation was elevated this year after combining with the Glass Association of North America (GANA) and utilizing their array of technical knowledge and services.

NGA’s booth theme “Got Questions about Glass Codes? We’ve Got Answers!” resonated with the architects and specifiers in attendance. NGA’s technical services & advocacy director Urmilla Jokhu-Sowell and code consultant Tom Culp fielded many technical codes questions in the booth, including questions on fire-rated glazing, security and safety glazing, dynamic glazing, energy efficiency, and jumbo glazing.

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NEWS TO KNOW
Float Glass Updates on WorldofGlassMap.com
Vote in Glass Magazine's 2018 Reader Photo Contest
AAMA Updates Southeast Region White Paper on Storm-driven Rain
U.S. Aluminum Associations Voice Concerns over Tariffs
CRH to Establish New Global Building Products Division
 
 
NGA EVENT UPDATES
Register by June 30 for Early-Bird Savings on Glazing Executives Forum and Fall Conference

In addition to substantial NGA member discounts on registration for the Glazing Executives Forum and Fall Conference, taking place in conjunction with GlassBuild America in Las Vegas, attendees can save even more by taking advantage of early-bird rates, in effect only until June 30

This year's GlassBuild America will also feature the popular Express Learning educational program, a new Opening Reception taking place on the tradeshow floor, and 450 exhibiting companies expected to showcase their most innovative glass and fenestration products and services.

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Security Window Design Workshop & Training Registration Open

with the Protective Glazing Council & Protection Engineering Consultants

The National Glass Association's Protective Glazing Council and Protection Engineering Consultants will host the first joint Security Window Design Workshop & Training, taking place August 14-16, 2018 just outside Washington, DC at the Westin Tysons Corner in Vienna, VA.

Participant capacity is limited, so please register early. CLICK HERE to register or click read more for schedule highlights.

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YOUR PROFITS
Glass Magazine Presents 2018 Top 50 Glaziers Report | Moving Up

Top 50 Glaziers climb the charts, expanding and investing as the market continues to grow
By Norah Dick, Glass Magazine

U.S. contract glaziers boasted another year of impressive growth in 2017, based on the 2018 Top 50 Glaziers Annual Report, Glass Magazine’s annual survey of the nation’s 50 largest glazing firms according to gross sales. Sixty-seven percent of companies reported year-over-year sales gains. Combined gross sales for all Top 50 firms reached an estimated $4.3 billion in 2017, an almost 15 percent year-over-year increase from 2016, according to the long-running survey, which is now in its 26th year. It is the sixth consecutive year of growth in the market, which bottomed out in 2011 during the Great Recession.

Given this upward trajectory, numerous Top 50 companies looked to invest and expand in 2017, taking the long view by reinvesting in their businesses. Equipment purchases focused on glass handling and transportation solutions, as well as fabrication equipment and CNC machinery, according to survey respondents.

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CHAPTER UPDATES
Houston Area Glass Association to Host Summer Mixer Bowling Night

The Houston Area Glass Association, a division of the Texas Glass Association, will host a Summer Mixer Bowling Night on Thursday, July 12.

$25 per person includes 3 hours of bowling, shoe rental and bowling ball. Come on out after a  hard day’s work for BOWLING FUN!

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NGA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
East Side Glass


Get to know fellow NGA member East Side Glass, celebrating 65 years of doing business in Minnesota!

According to president and co-owner Luke Ferkinhoff,  the company's keys to success include: treating other people how you would like to be treated, making a handshake as good as a contract, and believing that happy employees lead to happy customers which leads to happy owners.

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