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Five Ways to Profit from GlassBuild America 2017

North America’s largest trade show for the glass, window, and door industries heads to Atlanta!

GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo will return to the Georgia World Congress Center, September 12-14, 2017, with additional profit-generating resources and opportunities for the glass and glazing, and window and door industries. Organized by the National Glass Association (NGA) and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance (WDDA), the 2017 event presents innumerable ways to profit by attending. Here are the top five:

• Add new product lines. With more than 450 companies expected to exhibit in Atlanta this fall, GlassBuild America 2017 offers attendees the chance to see, touch and discuss new product lines with a variety of architectural glass and metal, and residential window and door suppliers.

• Invest in capital equipment. Is your company among those looking to invest in new machinery to keep up with increased demand? More than 101,000 net square feet on the GlassBuild America show floor will be dedicated to equipment for glass and metal fabricators and window and door manufacturers looking to make informed buying decisions.

• Strengthen your supply chain management. What better place to start than face-to-face with your suppliers at GlassBuild America?

• Get educated. As the need for skilled labor continues, employee retention is increasingly important to the success of any company. Show employees you’re invested in their professional growth by providing them the opportunity to attend GlassBuild America’s extensive education program. Employees and business owners alike will have access to technical, business and industry-specific educational sessions at the Glazing Executives Forum, Window & Door Dealer Days, and Express Learning Theater.

• Build your workforce. Key to addressing the industries’ workforce challenge is recruiting young people. GlassBuild America attendees will have the opportunity to hear generational expert Cam Marston address this subject during the GlassBuild America Opening Session—OPEN TO ALL. He will share how understanding the differences of each generation, from Baby Boomers to Millennials, can help attract and retain a new generation of employees. Attendees will walk away with actionable ideas to help them effectively manage across the generations.

Registration for GlassBuild America 2017 is open, with special rates available to NGA and WDDA members. For more information on the event, visit, and join NGA and WDDA in their efforts to build more profitable businesses!

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Express Learning Presents Myriad of Experts and Topics

GlassBuild America 2017 will feature an all-new lineup of Express Learning sessions to address the business and product trends affecting each of the industry’s unique segments. These popular TED Talks-style educational sessions will take place September 12-14 and are conveniently held in the Express Learning Theater, located in the Exhibit Hall - Booth 1300.

This year's presentations include:

•  Selling Across the Generations, Presented by GlassBuild America Keynote Speaker and generational expert, Cam Marston

•  Panel Discussion: Handling and Installation in the Era of Oversized Glass
Presented by Ergo Robotics, Quattrolifts, and Wood’s Powr-Grip

•  Making Your Prices Stick…Without Getting Stuck
Presented by Vince DiCecco, Your Personal Business Trainer

  All About Glass Railings and Guardrails: Education Session and Installation Demo
Presented by C.R. Laurence Co.

  Your Glass Company Needs to Use Social Media…but in the Right Way
Presented by Max Perilstein, Sole Source Consultants

  And much more!

CLICK HERE for a complete list of the 2017 Express Learning sessions.

Glazing Executives Forum Attracts Industry Leaders

The 12th annual Glazing Executives Forum, the glass and glazing industry's premier education and networking event, will bring together leading glass industry executives from around the country to see the latest architectural glazing industry products and services on the GlassBuild America tradeshow floor, learn about current market conditions and best business practices, meet and network with industry peers and vendors, and connect with the right solutions to help make their businesses more profitable.

This year's Forum, taking place September 12 at GlassBuild America in Atlanta, will feature "25 Years of Top 50 Glaziers," presented by Katy Devlin, editor in chief of Glass Magazine, offering valuable insight into where the industry has been and where it's headed. Forum attendees will also see keynote speaker and generational expert Cam Marston at the GlassBuild America Opening Session, the much-anticipated annual economic forecast by Alex Chausovsky of ITR Economics, the state of the industry by Julia Schimmelpenningh of Eastman Chemical Co., and Solution Session roundtable discussions—moderated by industry experts and connecting glaziers to share common challenges and solutions.

Registration is open, with special discounts for NGA members.

to see the Glazing Executives Forum schedule of events.

CLICK HERE to register for the Glazing Executives Forum.

Window & Door Dealer Days Presents Innovation and Inspiration

Window & Door Dealer Days, taking place September 12-13 at GlassBuild America will again feature The Dream Showroom, providing attendees a unique opportunity to see the latest innovative residential fenestration products and technologies "under one roof." 

Companies scheduled to present products in The Dream Showroom are: Chameleon Power; CRL Security Screen;Emtek/Assa-Abloy; Flexscreen LLC; LaCantina Doors; Ply Gem; Reveal Windows & Doors by Pacific Architectural Millwork; and Velux America.

In addition to The Dream Showroom, Window & Door Dealer Days registration includes three-day access to the GlassBuild America tradeshow floor, the Opening Session with keynote speaker and generational expert Cam Marston, author and small business expert Gene Marks to present the latest political, technological, economic and management trends that will dominate business through 2018, and Solution Session roundtable discussions, moderated by industry experts and connecting dealers to share innovative ideas.

Registration is open with special discounted rates for WDDA members.

CLICK HERE to see the Window & Door Dealers Days schedule of events.

CLICK HERE to register for Window & Door Dealer Days.

Spotlight on: Atlanta

Atlanta is one of the most accessible cities in the United States with 80 percent of the U.S. population being able to reach Atlanta within a two-hour flight. Also known as a global gateway, Atlanta has nonstop flights to and from nearly 70 international destinations.

The airport is conveniently located just 10 miles from downtown Atlanta. And once you’re in downtown, you’ll appreciate its walkable convention and entertainment district. The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), which hosts GlassBuild biennially, has 300 dining options within a 1-mile radius. Just steps away from the GWCC, Atlanta has plenty to offer with the College Football Hall of Fame, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Global Headquarters, and World of Coca-Cola.

Known for its southern hospitality, Atlanta was recently ranked at number 6 on the list of America’s unmissable locations by Lonely Planet travel guide experts.  Check out why Atlanta made the list and visit the Hotel/Travel section on to make your plans to attend the largest annual trade show for the glass, metal, and window & door industries in the Americas.






July 27, 2017



  • All Seasons Window & Door Systems, Inc.
  • American Window and Glass, Inc.
  • Casa Loma Art Glass
  • Brinn Glass, Inc.
  • Corcoran Glass and Paint, Inc.
  • Glass Ventures, Inc.
  • Oscar's Award Glass and Mirror
  • Slide Clear, Inc.
  • Walker Glass
  • Wooden Window, Inc.

This is just a sampling of attendees. Click here to view the current 2017 attendee list to date.


We look forward to welcoming these first-time exhibitors!

  • BidUnity
  • Chameleon Power, Inc.
  • Cuttercroix, LLC
  • EnduroShield
  • Entelechy
  • GeFran, Inc.
  • Hopo, Inc.
  • LT Smart
  • Meshtec Advanced Screen Systems by Unique Home Designs
  • Palamatic, Inc.
  • Tri-Temp Glass, Inc.
  • Vicone High Performance Rubber

This is just a sampling of exhibitors—we are expecting more than 450 companies this year! Click here to view the current 2017 exhibitor list to date.


"This is my first time at GlassBuild and I've been impressed - happy to be here!"
- Mark Sweeting, Emerald Coast Glass, Pensacola, FL

"We've attended GlassBuild since the beginning because it's the place to find everything in our business, and to learn through the educational seminars.  We strongly recommend owners support and attend GlassBuild."
- Mario and Irene Lopez, M I Glass, Inc., Houston ,TX

"I am very impressed, and I got what I needed.  Worth the trip!"
- Daniel Vasquez, All Purpose Glass, Kyle, TX

Brought to you by the National Glass Association and Window & Door Dealers Alliance.

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