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October 31, 2018
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From NGA's Department of Advocacy & Technical Services:

ASHRAE 90.1 Update
The ASHRAE 90.1 committee met earlier this month and NGA was well-represented, with Urmilla Sowell, NGA’s director of technical services and advocacy; Tom Culp, NGA's technical consultant and co-vice-chair of the ASHRAE 90.1 committee; and Thom Zaremba, GICC consultant, in attendance.

Three items of good news were reported from the meeting regarding outcomes of the Window Criteria Proposal, the Thermal Bridging Proposal and Envelope Backstops. Read more to see co-vice-chair Tom Culp's report to NGA members.


NGA Presents An Owner's Guide to Exit & Succession Planning

In running your glass business, there is only one guarantee: you will eventually exit the business. This process can be challenging, and to be successful, the business and the owner must be prepared.

As a benefit to our members and the industry, NGA has partnered with the experts at Beacon Exit Planning to publish An Owner's Guide to Exit & Succession Planning. This valuable resource provides in-depth advice on the exit process and management succession, covering everything from the types of exits, to taxation, to contingency planning.

CLICK HERE to order now or read more for details.


Thirsty Thursday Webinar: NGA Update

Be sure to sign up for the next Thirsty Thursday webinar for an update on NGA activities. Taking place November 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, participants will hear about NGA’s latest initiatives and how you can become more involved.

NGA's Thirsty Thursday series presents 30-minute online sessions designed to be a convenient way to receive education and information. Normally reserved for NGA members only, November’s session is open to ALL.

CLICK HERE to register now or read more to learn about a future webinar.


Registration Open for 2019 Annual Conference and BEC Conference

Registration is now open for NGA's 2019 Annual Conference, taking place Jan. 22-24, 2019, at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida; and for the 2019 Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, hosted by NGA at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, March 3-5, 2019. See the NGA Event Updates section below for details and registration.


NGA Names Paul W. Bush as Advocacy Committee Chair
NSG Group Selects Location of New U.S. Manufacturing Plant
Guardian Glass Celebrates North American Jumbo Coater Start
Glaston Sells Jumbo Flat Tempering Line
Quaker Begins Construction on New Missouri Plant
Gateway Extrusions Marks Expansion During Anniversary Event
Dodge Momentum Index Falls Again in September
NGA Seeks Input to Expand AIA Offerings
BEC Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2019 Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, taking place March 3-5 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino!

The BEC Conference provides a forum for more than 500 contract glaziers, industry suppliers and technical experts to connect and discuss critical issues and important trends to take our industry, our workforce and the built environment to the next level.

REGISTER NOW or read more to see the schedule of events.


Annual Conference: Register Now for Early-Bird Savings

Early-bird rates for the National Glass Association's 2019 Annual Conference, taking place January 22 - 24, 2019 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, will only be in effect until November 15, 2018

The conference provides dedicated time for NGA’s Fabricating and Forming Committees to meet and discuss open work items, new resource development, and trends and issues facing the industry. The event kicks off Tuesday 1/22 with an optional golf scramble for charity, and other networking highlights include a welcome reception, a volunteer celebration dinner and annual fun run.

REGISTER NOW or read more for a schedule of events and sponsorship information.


Robotic Revolution

In push for automation, North American glass fabricators begin to adopt factory robots
By Katy Devlin, Glass Magazine

Now more than ever, North American glass fabricators are seeking machines that allow them to meet increasing volume demands in the face of the ongoing labor shortage. They demand equipment that limits touches on glass, improves quality, ups efficiency and provides operator safety. In short, they want automation, and key to this automation for some fabricators will be robots, according to exhibitors from GlassBuild America 2018.

Robots—specifically multi-dimensional articulating robotic arms programed to perform handling and fabrication tasks—were one of the most talked-about innovations on the GlassBuild show floor. GlassBuild attendees could see a trio of large robots operating a complete insulating glass production line; a line of smaller adaptive robots handling gas filling, closing and sealing of IG units; impressive handling robots for oversized glasses; and more.

HAGA Christmas Party and Casino Night Supports Local Community

The Houston Area Glass Association (HAGA) will host its 2018 Christmas Party and Casino Night on Thursday, December 6 at the Westwind Club in Houston. The event supports "Toys for the Community" and attendees are asked to bring unwrapped toys to donate. Read more for details and registration information.


Northwest Glass

Meet fellow NGA member Northwest Glass, located in Spencer, Iowa and serving the Iowa Great Lakes area and Minnesota since 1965.

The company's keys to success, according to owners Candace and Travis McGuire, include emphasizing safety above all the else, treating customers, vendors and employees with fairness and integrity, and showing dedication to their community.

The Northwest Glass Team



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