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April 29, 2019
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From NGA's Advocacy & Technical Services Department
NGA and IGMA Release Joint Guidelines on Use of PIB Primary Sealant

NGA, in cooperation with the Insulating Glass Manufacturer’s Alliance (IGMA), has released a new jointly-produced resource for the glazing and glass products industry. The guidelines, developed by members representing both organizations, discuss the function of Polyisobutylene (PIB) Primary Sealant in insulating glass units (IGUs) with specific focus on the performance and aesthetic attributes of PIB.

CLICK HERE to purchase the new PIB Primary Sealant guideline on NGA’s partner site, Techstreet, using coupon code NG!MbrA45 at check out to get the member price.

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GlassBuild America 2019 Registration is Open!

Registration is open for GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, 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.

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Glass Magazine Presents the 2019 Top Glass Fabricators Report
Glass Magazine, the official publication of NGA, has published its 2019 Top Glass Fabricators report, which features the annual ranking based on sales volume and includes stand-alone architectural glass fabrication plants in the United States and/or Canada.

Glass Magazine also recognizes that gross sales are not the only measure of top fabricator companies. This year’s report recognizes this diverse market segment in three new ways: a feature spread showcasing valuable insights from the leadership of woman-owned fabrication businesses; a list of family-owned companies within the fabricator segment; and a list of standout fabricator partners, nominated by their contract glazier customers.

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HEADLINES
NGA to Jointly Present Glass Performance Days Workshop
Three Takeaways from the Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo
March Construction Starts Surge 16 Percent
ABI Falls in March
Software Platforms Present Legal Risks
From the Fabricator: Show Review
In Case You Missed It: NGA Offers OSHA 10-Hour Online Training Courses for $49
David A. Schilling, Industry Leader and Founder of Schilling Graphics, Passes Away
 
 
NGA EVENT UPDATES
Join us for Fall Conference 2019

Registration is open for NGA's 2019 Fall Conference, taking 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 fabricating problems.

Also, a networking reception is planned at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, and attendees may participate in an optional tour of the Pilkington glass manufacturing plant.

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YOUR PROFITS
Trouble Finding Labor? Go Unitized.
How unitized curtain and window wall systems can help overcome the challenges of insufficient field labor and strict project schedules
By Joe Schiavone, C,R. Laurence Co., Glass Magazine


It’s no secret that the shortage of skilled labor has been a significant, ongoing problem in the construction industry. According to the 2019 Construction Outlook Survey from the Associated General Contractors of America, 78 percent of contractors reported having a difficult time filling positions. Unfortunately, the issue is not expected to subside anytime soon.

Insufficient skilled labor can be detrimental to a glazing business and will ultimately affect its ability to remain competitive. Associated disadvantages include prolonged project completion times, missed job opportunities, and higher costs that are passed down to the customer.

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CHAPTER UPDATES
NGA Glazier Training Approved for Use in Connecticut Apprenticeship Program

NGA's glazier training curriculum—featuring 33 online MyGlassClass.com courses and six instructional manuals—has been approved for use in the Registered Apprenticeship Program for glaziers available through the Connecticut Glass Dealers Association (CGDA).

Upon completion of the three-year program, glaziers are eligible to receive their required license from the state’s Department of Consumer Protection.

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Mid-Atlantic Glass Association Hosts an Expanded Expo
The 32nd annual Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo, hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Glass Association, convened on Wednesday, April 17, at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland. The expo hosted 163 exhibitors, including 15 new exhibitors.

The 942 attendees enjoyed a slightly longer show this year, which ran 2-8:30 p.m. The evening also debuted a new educational segment, featuring short presentations on MyGlassClass.com. Hosted by Jenni Chase, content director for the National Glass Association, the presentations informed attendees about the site’s more than 60 courses designed to train new glass industry personnel.

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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.

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NGA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
One Source Glass, Inc.

Get to know fellow NGA member One Source Glass, Inc., located in Joliet, Illinois.

The company's keys to success, according to president and CEO Steve Kezios,  include being kind, respectful, courteous and accountable, offering only the best products available, and delivering "tier one service."

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