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August 29, 2019
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NGA AT WORK
Fall Conference Tackles Code, Regulatory and Fabrication Challenges
Industry technical leaders gathered for NGA's Fall Conference in Toledo, Ohio, the “Glass City,” August 13-15. Leading the agenda were discussions of product transparency declarations, need-to-know updates to building codes and standards, and solving glass processing challenges. NGA's committee volunteers also made progress on a number of important education, technical and advocacy resources.

In addition to committee work, conference attendees were able to participate in a tour of the nearby Pilkington/NSG Group Rossford, Ohio, float glass facility, and attend a reception at the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art.

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Fall Conference Photo Gallery
Thank you to all who attended NGA's Fall Conference 2019 in Toledo, OH. We want to share the photos with you. Enjoy, and feel free to share or download.

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NGA Announces New Engineering Standards Manual
The National Glass Association (NGA) is proud to announce the publication of its newly-updated Engineering Standards Manual. The manual replaces the previous 2008 edition.

The Engineering Standards Manual presents useful test procedures, performance requirements and specifications that will serve manufacturers and engineers in designing new and different products using heat-treated glass. In addition, information on heat resistance, strength and safety are included.

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GlassBuild America 2019 Preview | Grow. Learn. Connect.
For three days in September, glass industry leaders will gather in Atlanta at GlassBuild America 2019 to see new product innovations and solutions, learn about emerging trends and opportunities, network with suppliers and customers, discover ways of growing their businesses and more.

Glass Magazine, NGA's official publication, has gathered need-to-know information for visitors before the show, including products to be on display, the schedule, an exhibitor list and more. GlassBuild runs Sept. 17-19. Click on Read More below to see the full preview of GlassBuild America.

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HEADLINES
IGMA Forensic IGU Investigation Workshop Announced for GlassBuild America
Video: See NGA's August Thirsty Thursday Webinar
In Case You Missed It: From NGA's Advocacy & Technical Services Department
Pilkington Rossford Opens Doors for Fall Conference Tour
Last Chance: Be a Part of the Top Metal Companies
Karen Wegert Joins NGA as Associate Director of Technical Services
Dodge Momentum Index Falls in July
July Construction Starts Increase 2 Percent
 
 
YOUR PROFITS
Labor and Automation
How automation and technology make people less necessary, more important
By Bethany Stough, Glass Magazine

The glass and glazing industry is waking up to technology advancements and automation. While some companies have invested in more automated factories for years, industry suppliers and economic forecasters have seen a shift in the past two to three years where this type of investment is growing into a mainstream industry trend. The robots and automated machinery widely on display and sold at industry trade shows is one indication of this growing trend.

Another is the investment increase across the manufacturing sector at large. In 2016, MAPI Foundation published a research series on manufacturing productivity performance, including survey data from U.S. manufacturers—spanning across company size and industries—on automation investment. From 2011 to 2016, 83 percent of surveyed manufacturers engaged in automation investment. In 2016, an additional 76 percent of surveyed manufacturers planned to engage in automation investment.

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NGA EVENT UPDATES
Glazing Executives Forum: Engage Your Front Line to Increase Your Bottom Line

Do you interview, hire and train based on skills people possess; OR, do you hire based on who people are? This year’s Glazing Executives Forum, taking place September 17 in conjunction with GlassBuild America in Atlanta, will offer strategies to: 

  • develop a company culture that attracts and keeps new labor
  • increase the productivity of your employees
  • create a pipeline of leaders

The result? Higher profits, improved morale and less turnover.

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GlassBuild's Live Action Demonstration Schedule Announced

See Glazing Technologies and Solutions Up Close and In Action

Live action demonstrations, one of the many popular attractions at GlassBuild America, returns September 17-19, 2019 in Atlanta. Demonstrations from a variety of suppliers are designed to strengthen industry knowledge of the latest glazing systems and services. GlassBuild attendees will have the opportunity to witness a live simulation of the effect of hurricane missiles on glass, scratch removal systems, protective coatings, as well as interior sliding glass door installations and panic hardware installation.

Action demonstrations are included with GlassBuild registration and will be held on the trade show floor at booth #4015 during all three days of the event.

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CHAPTER UPDATES
HAGA to Host Annual Clay Shoot in September

Join your glass industry friends and colleagues for the Houston Area Glass Association (HAGA) annual Clay Shoot, taking place September 25. HAGA is a subchapter of the Texas Glass Association.

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Mid-Atlantic Glass Association Annual Golf Tournament

The Mid-Atlantic Glass Association (MGA) invites the glass industry to its Fall Golf Tournament, taking place Wednesday, September 25 at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Maryland.

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WGA 34th Annual Golf Tournament: Register Now

The Washington Glass Association (WGA) will host its 34th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 6, 2019. Enjoy networking and camaraderie with fellow glass industry professionals while playing a great game of golf!

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NGA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Division 8 Resource Incorporated

Get to know fellow NGA member Division 8 Resource Incorporated, located in San Leandro, California and doing business for 9 years.

The company's keys to success include hiring employees of good character and establishing a well defined company culture and values.

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