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January 28, 2019
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A New Vision and Fresh Momentum

48 hours at the Annual Conference in Naples, FL: The future of glass envisioned.

Closing in on the one-year anniversary of the NGA-GANA combination, this year’s NGA Annual Conference attendees leaned in to plan and work on the next slate of technical resources to improve the glass and glazing industry. NGA’s new vision statement provided the backdrop for two days of committee and task group work:

“We envision a future in which glass is the material of choice to enhance spaces where people live, play, learn, and work.”
Please refer to the NGA’s committee structure chart HERE to understand how member volunteers get the work done within our four committees, including the VOTING PROTOCOL PARAMETERS and the PROJECT IDEA/CREATION FORM.

The Industry is Hiring a New Type of Glazier

The Glass Advocate | Education, Advocacy and Technical Content from NGA
The industry is hiring a new type of glazier, focusing more on candidates’ training potential than their experience. “Longevity and specific skillsets used to be the [ideal] when reviewing resumés,” says Sherri Blackledge, human resources manager for YKK AP America. “Now when looking at resumés, companies should be open to asking: ‘do they show evidence of the right kind of skillsets where we can train them for the job?’”

Gone are the days when glazing contractors could hire from a veteran glazier pool. Instead, many companies today are bringing on inexperienced employees who show potential and training them on the job.


Glass Magazine Asks: Are You a Top Glass Fabricator?

In its April 2019 issue, Glass Magazine—NGA's official publication—will present the Top Glass Fabricators Special Report offering a comprehensive view of the glass fabrication market in the United States and Canada. Members of the list will also be included on Glass Magazine's Top Glass Fabricator map, launched last year on

In addition to the list of Top Glass Fabricators—based on annual sales volume—the report includes market statistics related to sales volume, product demand and acquisition plans, as well as a handful of projects featuring the Feats of Fabrication that made them possible.


In Case You Missed It: NGA Releases New and Updated Glass Informational Bulletins
Viracon and Employees Donate $116,000 to United Way
Saint-Gobain Inaugurates New Float Plant in India
PGT Innovations Appoints New Members of the Leadership Team
Ibis Tek Acquires Standard Bent Glass
Tecnoglass Enters into Joint Venture with Saint-Gobain
Dodge Momentum Index Drops in December
From the Fabricator: Predictions for 2019

BEC Conference is Only a Few Weeks Away -
Book Your Hotel Room Now to Guarantee the Group Rate!

The 2019 Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference is just a few weeks away! Taking place March 3 - 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, 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 and hotel booking information.


Save the Date: Glazing Executives Forum 2019

Mark your calendar for the 14th annual Glazing Executives Forum, taking place September 17, 2019 in conjunction with GlassBuild America at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The Glazing Executives Forum is the glass and glazing industry’s premiere education and networking event, gathering industry owners and executives from around the country to learn about market trends and best business practices and to meet with industry peers.


Big Glass: Can You Handle It?

Key Considerations When Using Vacuum Lifters with Large Glass
By Daniel Meuchel and Bryan Strobel, Wood’s Powr-Grip Co.
Glass is getting larger, with architects seeking jumbo glass in everything from stadiums to shopping malls to office lobbies and more. How can an installer know if they are ready to take on a big glass project? This article explores the essential steps and critical considerations a company should take before tackling such a job using vacuum lifters.


“Planning is bringing the future into the present, so you can do something about it now,” said author and time-management guru Alan Lakein. In material handling, good planning prepares the team for both the expected and the unexpected. Completing a complex job with large, heavy glass requires a team of people, including glass manufacturers, installers and equipment manufacturers all working together. Team-wide, collaborative planning is an essential part of project success.


Plan Now for the Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo

The Mid-Atlantic Glass Association's (MGA) Glass Expo 2019 will take place Wednesday, April 17 in Greenbelt, Maryland.  The Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo in the only glass exposition in the Washington, D.C. 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, software and much more.

Save the Date for TGA Glass Convention II


Save the date for the Texas Glass Association's Glass Convention II, taking place May 17, 2019 in Waco. The meeting will be held at The Baylor Club / McLane Stadium.

More information and registration will be available soon!


Haeco, Inc.

Get to know fellow NGA member Haeco, Inc., located in Loveland, Ohio and doing business for 36 years.

The company manufactures glazing and back bedding tables and glass setting tables and attributes its success to the character and quality of its employees and to keeping a servant mentality.

(l-r) Jerry Henline, Tim Brinker & Tom Haas


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