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March 27, 2019
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From NGA's Advocacy & Technical Services Department
The initiatives of the Advocacy & Technical Services Department of NGA are ongoing, ever-changing and a key component of NGA’s fabric. Our goal is to defend and promote the glass industry, with a mission to be the authority and resource for its members and the industry to grow successful businesses and to champion the benefits of glazing and glass building products.

NGA’s staff, consultants and industry partners and volunteers are working to ensure glass remains at the forefront in discussions that involve building regulations and innovations.

This represents the first From NGA's Advocacy & Technical Services Department column that will become a monthly feature in the NGA Member Update. We aim to inform you of both the internal activities happening within the association related to technical and advocacy resource development, as well as those external activities happening industry-wide that may have an impact on the way you do business.

BEC Conference Draws 600 Industry Leaders to Las Vegas

Hosted by NGA March 3-5, the 2019 BEC Conference drew nearly 600 glass and glazing industry representatives to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The event focused on providing need-to-know education and trend information to glazing contractors. Key topics included addressing the ongoing labor shortage, strategic planning for glaziers, contract best practices, next-generation project management and more.


BEC Conference Photo Gallery Now Available
Thank you to all who attended NGA's BEC Conference 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. We had a photographer cover the event and want to share the photos with you. Enjoy, and feel free to share or download.

NGA Features Glazier Training Options at BEC Conference

Recognizing that glazier training is a financial and time burden for many companies, NGA launched new courses, along with other training initiatives, at the BEC Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month.

The website features more than 60 classes that employees can take online on their smartphone, tablet or desktop. Each of the classes varies in length from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours and is designed to teach learners basic job skills and knowledge specific to the glazing trade.


Did You Know NGA Offers OSHA 10-Hour Online Training Courses for $49?

NGA has partnered with Underwriters' Laboratory, an OSHA-authorized online training provider, to offer OSHA 10 and 30 training courses through Member companies can purchase OSHA 10 courses on the site for the discounted price of $49 and OSHA 30 courses for $149. Non-member pricing is $59 and $159. After successful course completion, trainees will receive a printable diploma and their OSHA card provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

CLICK HERE to get started or email for more information.


Video Highlights from the 2019 BEC Conference
2019 Top 50 Glaziers Submission Deadline Approaching
In Case You Missed It: Glass Magazine Presents the World of Glass Annual Report
Saint-Gobain Plans New Manufacturing Facility in India
Chelsea Building Products to Open Texas Facility
Bird Glass Collisions: Making Glass the Solution, Not the Problem
President Trump Delays Additional Tariffs on Chinese Goods
Dodge Momentum Index Falters in February
In Memoriam: Robert J. Mesko of Mesko Glass and Mirror
Fall Conference 2019 Registration Opening April 15!

The 2019 Fall Conference will take place August 13-15 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Toledo, OH. In addition to the main program—meetings and task work for NGA’s forming, fabricating and advocacy committees—the conference is being held in conjunction with the Old Guard Reunion (OGR), an annual gathering of glass industry veterans. Members of the OGR will share their invaluable knowledge during an educational panel Q&A on solutions to tempering problems.

In addition, a networking reception is planned at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, and an optional tour of a nearby factory is also on the agenda. Registration for the Fall Conference is scheduled to open April 15.


Save the Date: GlassBuild America & Glazing Executives Forum

Mark your calendar for GlassBuild America, taking place September 17-19, 2019, and the 14th annual Glazing Executives Forum taking place September 17—both at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

GlassBuild America is North America's largest annual gathering place for the entire glass, window and door industries in North America. With educational forums and Express Learning sessions, abundant networking opportunities and a trade show floor full of the latest and most innovative glass and fenestration industries’ machinery, equipment, products, technologies and services, you will walk away from GlassBuild America with knowledge and information to help you build a better business.


Is Your Glass Company Recession-ready?

Break down business operations and improve efficiencies
by Marco Terry for Glass Magazine

There is growing concern that the United States is entering a recession. The decade-long recovery may be losing steam, and the economy may experience a contraction. At least, that is what some experts, and many TV pundits, say. Conversely, many experts are looking at the same or similar data and are coming to a different conclusion. They think the economy is stable and doing well.

As a business owner, how do you know which experts are right? More importantly, how do you develop a sensible business strategy considering this uncertainty?

Business owners should work now to protect their companies against these economic uncertainties. And the best time to prepare is when things are going well, and an owner has time and resources to move in deliberate and calculated ways.


Explore at the Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo

NGA will be on hand at the Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo to give live demos and answer questions on—online training designed to turn new hires into valuable, skilled personnel quickly and affordably. The Mid-Atlantic Glass Association's (MGA) Glass Expo 2019, takes place Wednesday, April 17 in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo is 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.

Click "Read More" for registration information.


Minnesota Glass Association Hosts Viracon Tour

The Minnesota Glass Association will host a tour of Viracon on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The event will leave from Clive's Roadhouse in Burnsville at 12:45pm and return to the restaurant for dinner and a social.

Registration includes roundtrip transportation from Clive's Roadhouse, beverages on the return bus ride and dinner. Click "read more" for details and registration information.


Structure Glass Solutions

Structure Glass Solutions team

Get to know fellow NGA member Structure Glass Solutions, located in Miramar, Florida and doing business for over 10 years.

This family-owned company's keys to success include working with persistence, flexibility, determination and commitment, always making customers their number one priority, and being dedicated to the local community.


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