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A Welcome Message from NGA President & CEO Nicole Harris

“We had our best month ever,” is what I heard from many of you this week. As busy as you are right now, you made the smart business decision to attend GlassBuild America 2018.   Nowhere else on this continent can you meet up with our industry’s best suppliers, learn about new technology, products and services and connect with friends and new peers to share ideas to help you grow your business.
Bonus: At GlassBuild, you get to do all that in one place in less than one week. Remember to make use of all resources—like the mobile event app—to get the most of your time here.
Like you, NGA is in constant improvement mode. 2018 is a special milestone; it’s the first GlassBuild America since the National Glass Association (NGA) and the Glass Association of North America (GANA) combined to form one, unified voice for our industry. Before the trade show opened, our new Fabricating (check out the highlight video here) and Installing Committees met to carve out projects that address the needs of our member companies. Not a member yet? Come to the Association Gathering Place just to the left of the main entrance and ask what we can do for you. We’re just 7 months into our combination, and we’re just getting started. See you there!

Today at GlassBuild America

All events at the Las Vegas Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

  • Fall Conference*
    8:00am - 10:00am, Rooms N255/257

  • 13th Annual Glazing Executives Forum*
    8:00am – 10:00am, N255/257  
    10:00am - 6:30pm, Room N250

  • Exhibit Hall Open
    10:00am - 6:30pm

  • Action Demonstrations
    10:30am - 4:30pm (times vary)
    North Hall Aisle 100

  • Express Learning
    11:30am - 4:30pm, Booth #913

  • Opening Reception
    5:00pm - 6:30pm, North Halls N1-N4

These are schedule highlights only. See the full GlassBuild schedule for complete information.
*Separate registration required.

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Product Preview: Glass, Metals and Related Products on the Trade Show Floor

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Product Preview: Window and Door Related Products on the Trade Show Floor

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Oknoplast Group Serving as Window & Door Dealer Day Gold Sponsor

The Window & Door Dealers Alliance (WDDA) is pleased to announce Oknoplast Group as the exclusive Gold Sponsor for WDDA’s Window & Door Dealer Day, taking place tomorrow, September 13, at the Encore at Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.

Oknoplast Group is a dynamically developing international company in the top of PCV window and door manufacturers in Europe. The group consists of three brands – Oknoplast, WnD and Aluhaus – providing both variety in its offerings and customization across 2 million window units per annum volume of sales.

Window & Door Dealer Day is designed for owners and top management of retail window and door businesses, with a focus on increasing profits, business trends, and challenges.  This year’s program includes presentations on workforce development and succession planning, industry benchmarking, Dealer to Dealer forums, and the Dealer of the Year reception. Click here to see the full Window & Door Dealer Day schedule.

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Edge Grinding: Safety versus Aesthetic

Glass with exposed edges is becoming increasingly popular, as architects, designers and building owners look to minimize framing and hardware, and maximize transparency and views in their glazing systems. However, the trend toward more glazing systems with exposed edges creates a challenge for glass fabricators as they work to balance safety and aesthetics, according to Bill Lingnell, owner of Lingnell Consulting Services, and Urmilla Sowell, director of technical services and advocacy for the National Glass Association. Lingnell and Sowell addressed the concern of post-fabrication edge grinding during a lunch presentation yesterday at the Fall Conference. The conference runs Sept. 11-14 in conjunction with GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo.

The trend toward minimal hardware and more glass in everything from facades, skylights, partitions and balustrades, often calls for laminated glass for safety and retention. This is where the challenge comes for fabricators. “The architects want to see nice smooth edges with laminated glass,” says Lingnell.
Some fabricators might edge grind and polish the edges of the exposed laminated glass lites to achieve the aesthetic goals of the architects. However, if the glass plies within the laminated lite have been heat treated, this can cause breakage issues, Lingnell says. Heat treatment creates a compression layer in laminated glass. If grinding encroaches on the surface of the compression layer, breakage can occur after installation. Read the full article in Glass Magazine.

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It's Ready. Are You? Download the GlassBuild America MOBILE APP Today!

IMPORTANT! If you downloaded the GlassBuild mobile app in previous years, you will need to install the NEW version to access this year's event information.

Follow the links below or simply search “GlassBuild America” in your device’s app store.  

Also, look for the QR code signs located throughout the convention center.

  • Check out the Schedule to see what’s happening every day.
  • Scroll through the full list of Exhibitors and bookmark those you want to visit to create your own personal schedule.
  • Add notes to individual companies to remind yourself later what information you want from each.
  • Read the details of the Express Learning sessions and Action Demos being offered on the show floor.
  • Track the buzz before, during and after the show with the “Social Media” icon with connections to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
  • Click on the New Product Launch Button for new products being offered.

Make the most of your show experience with the
GlassBuild America mobile app!

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Fall Conference began yesterday with a full day meeting of the Fabricating Committee, insightful presentations and a well-earned reception. CLICK HERE to see the highlights. 

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Glass Magazine and Window & Door editors are here and tweeting live from the show floor. Follow along on their Twitter feeds at and

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GlassBuild trade show sponsors enhance your show experience. Click on the link below to see our trade show sponsors.

GlassBuild America educational programs benefit the industry and happen because of the support of our sponsors.  Please take a moment to view the companies who make these unique learning opportunities possible.

Be sure to thank all of our sponsors for supporting GlassBuild America!


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