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Sept. 14, 2017 - Day Three at GlassBuild America in Atlanta featured the "Best in Show" Awards, presented to six companies in recognition of their overall exhibit presence. Winners were chosen after review by an anonymous peer panel including sales, marketing, and operations professionals from the residential and commercial glass industries.
Sept. 14, 2017 - Day One at GlassBuild America kicked off with the Opening Session, which featured a dynamic message from keynote speaker and generational expert Cam Marston as well as an important announcement from the National Glass Association and the Glass Association of North America (see event news below). The 12th Annual Glazing Executives Forum, Window & Door Dealer Days, and a full lineup of Express Learning educational sessions also highlighted Day One at GlassBuild America.
Sept. 7, 2017 - GlassBuild organizers have posted a message online updating the industry as to the status of the show in light of the approaching hurricane Irma. The show is still scheduled to go forward at this time.
Sept. 7, 2017 - With strong roots in the North American IGU markets, Inagas - the leading supplier of gas filling solutions - will be back at GlassBuild America 2017 with even more innovations. It’s fitting that Inagas is showcasing its range in conjunction with distributor partner, Quanex Building Products on Booth 1919 under theme of The Future of Fenestration is Here.
Sept. 7, 2017 - Registration for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 Fall Conference in Greenville, North Carolina, is now open, and AAMA members can register online. Early bird rates are available until Sat., Sept. 23, and the conference takes place Oct. 15-18 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville.
Aug. 9, 2017 - The GANA Fall Conference is a gathering of the leading glass and glazing experts in North America. The Conference is your opportunity to help define industry standards and elevate design and construction communities by creating the expertise that advances the use of architectural glass.
The Boards of Directors of the Glass Association of North America (GANA), Topeka, KS, and the National Glass Association (NGA), Vienna, VA, have unanimously approved combining the two associations into one, strong and unified voice for the glass and glazing industry. 
Let’s take a look at some of the great work our Emerging Technology and Innovation Committee has been doing.
The CGA’s annual Glass Connections conference took place June 7 and 8 in Burnaby, B.C.
Glass Connections is not just our name, it’s our game! Don’t miss the opportunity to join your peers in the industry on June 7 and 8 at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Center in Vancouver, B.C.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the CGA membership will take place on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm PDT. The meeting is being held immediately prior to the Glass Connections Conference, which begins later that afternoon with its opening reception.
The Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association (AGMCA) is in search of an individual with demonstrated leadership and administrative skills who can work effectively with the association’s board of directors and various industry-related committees. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of the collective bargaining process.
At the tender age of 12, Ted Redlarski ran his first business: a small shop repairing bikes. It was a first money-maker. Later, while still in college (age 19), he became one of the youngest company presidents in his native Poland to helm a construction company.
As 2017 approaches, the name of Ottawa’s oldest, largest and most diversified glass company is taking on new meaning. Centennial Glass is about to enter the second half of its first century – it’s 50th anniversary – and it’s thriving under careful management that welcomes new efficiencies while maintaining quality workmanship and excellence in customer service.
There was a chocolate cake on a side table at the Glass 8 office at the eastern edge of Winnipeg. It said ‘Congratulations, Glass 8’ in blue icing. It was explained that the cake was a gift from a client. Not bad for a Thursday.
When National Contract Glazing’s John Bastedo is asked what’s unique about the company, he doesn’t hesitate. “It’s the people,” the vice-president states firmly. “We have a process to put a job through, with many people involved. Each job is passed on, and this keeps us on top of jobs and also shows contractors we are on top of things, which builds our credibility. We are proud of our excellent track record of project completions ranging from less complex store-fronts and entranceways, to multi-story, multi-phase contracts in both the private and public sector.”
In my previous two columns I told you about Fred Fulton’s early days in Toronto, his beginnings in the industry with Pilkington Glass, the start up of Sealite Glass, and the establishment of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association of Canada.
There are many stories out there of businesses with humble beginnings that went on to become major success stories. These stories have some elements in common – hard work, risk-taking, seizing opportunity and forging new ways forward, just to name a few. While some business histories may add in these elements, embellishing here and there, all of these elements and more are truly part of the story of Windsor, Ont.-based Contract Glaziers, which began in 1971 as Windsor Glass.

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Coming Events

Fenestration West 2017
October 26, 2017
IGMA Winter Conference
January 31-2, 2018
Fensterbau Frontale
March 21-24, 2018
Top Glass
April 17, 2018
AIA Conference
June 21-23, 2018