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Sept. 25, 2019 - The glass and fenestration industries convened in Atlanta last week for the largest GlassBuild America in Atlanta in recent years. The essential industry trade show drew 8,200 enthusiastic attendees to a 187,000-net-square-foot exhibit floor with more than 420 exhibitors demonstrating the latest in industry innovations.
With its ever-changing landscape and excess, cities like Las Vegas capture the world’s imagination. Our industry’s work is influenced by their trends. As an incubator of transformation, Vegas was a fitting venue for A’19 AIA Conference on Architecture 2019.
Sept. 19, 2019 - Kicking off the Glazing Executives Forum, NGA's content director Jenni Chase shared the exciting announcement of an incredible new partnership with the Friese Foundation and their generous support of MyGlassClass.com.
Sept. 12, 2019 -  The Architect's Newspaper is bringing Facades+ to Toronto for the very first time on October 11th. This popular conference series is a robust dialogue encompassing all things building skin—bridging the profession, industry, academia, operations, and ownership.
Sept. 4, 2019 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar entitled “ICC 500 – Tornado and Hurricane Storm Shelters” on September 10, open to all interested parties. Leading the webinar is Dave Stammen, Principal Engineer for the Building Science Group at UL. Register nowfor this complimentary session, part of AAMA’s regular webinar series.
Aug. 29, 2019 - Several optional events will be taking place at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Fall Conference (Sept. 30-Oct. 3), including a reception at which suppliers can display their products, a World Vision-partnered philanthropic event at a local Title I school and more. Registration is now open for the conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines in Austin, Texas. Please note, separate registration is required for most optional events.
Oct. 3, 2019 - IGMA is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday afternoon next week to discuss safety in the industry. The webinar will be led by Mike Burk of Sparklike, the leader of IGMA's Glass Safety Council. “The Breakout Gang” presentation will discuss:
In February 2019, the Ontario Glass and Metal Association and the Toronto chapter of Construction Specifications Canada entered into a memorandum of understanding between the two parties for the purpose of enhancing mutual awareness, co-operation and the promotion of the organizations’ events and initiatives.
With the approval vote by the IGMA and AAMA members to combine to form the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), what can the members of IGMA expect in the coming months? Business as usual is the answer.
We are trying to “activate” the association with certain issues as our driving force.
The OGMA held its fall golf tournament at The Country Club on Sept. 12 and as usual a great day was had by all. Turnout was modest at 65 golfers, but the smaller group made for a quick round. Some new faces were on hand, which is always good.
Aug. 29, 2019 - The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) has announced that a task force of its members from across the country will oversee the development of a National Strategy for Women in Trades based on extensive consultations with stakeholders over the last two years.
Founded in Ireland in 1965 by three brothers from the Carey family, Carey Glass, a major global glass processor, remains a family-owned and -run company. The business grew from fabricating furniture glass and mirrors to manufacturing insulating glass units and now claims to ship 98,000 square meters of glass products worldwide every week.
From its beginnings in 1954 cutting mirrors, replacing window screens and broken windows, the company now known as the Prelco Group is a vertically integrated supplier of value-added glass products to architectural, transportation and defense clients.
Lots of people talk the talk about fenestration innovation, but Imagic Glass walks the walk. “We thrive on complex glass fabrication and love to figure things out,” says Adam Shearer, president of Imagic Glass.
Last October, the PC government of Ontario announced it will wind down the Ontario College of Trades, set all journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios to one-to-one and put a moratorium on adding new compulsory trade classifications or reclassifying existing classifications.
Congratulations to Frank Fulton who is celebrating his 10th year writing the You Bet Your Glass column on our back page. He’s been in this magazine longer than I have! Frank is a precious resource to this publication because he combines a deep knowledge of this industry – gleaned from a lifetime working in it as a contractor and supplier – with a really high level of writing ability. That’s incredibly rare. I barely need to touch his copy.
A church in Guam. The airport at Anchorage, Alaska. The Great Wave piece that everyone sees arriving from international destinations at Vancouver International Airport.

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