Event reports
When my dad and I started Applewood Glass and Mirror Inc. in 1979, I used to fabricate and install windows and entrances by day and look after the books and try to drum up business by night,” recounts company president Tony Menecola. This year the company is celebrating 30 years in business and a move to a newly self-renovated 40,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga, Ont.
The window and door industry is constantly changing. Not only do manufacturers and fabricators need to keep their eye on new fenestration components as they are introduced, and new technologies as they come online, they also need to keep informed about new standards and updates to energy codes.
Offshore-made product is an elephant in the room. The subject is still very much taboo in any industry, including the glass industry. The mere mention of the topic is enough to spark heated debates across the continent. In fact, when Glass Canada magazine approached both proponents and opponents of offshore glass, many companies simply did not wish to go on record.
Brian Wiles from ProTemp Glass wins by a head while Grace Genitori, left, and Mima Krutzler, right, from TAGG Industries place and show.”
The decorative business in the last five years has certainly grown leaps and bounds,” says Bill Marchitello, director of marketing and business development for Prelco, who was one of several companies Glass Canada spoke to about trends in the ‘deco’ glass industry.
Glass is playing an ever increasing role in the generation of heat and electricity through sunlight, which means an increasingly lucrative market is now opening up for the glass industry.
Glassex, the U.K.’s only dedicated window trade exhibition, passed away on Jan. 20 after a long illness.
PROSTARS, an alliance of independent glass shop retailers in the U.S., has expanded to Canada with Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) in New York, conducting the recruitment for the program.
The mood at the GlassBuild America show held this year in Las Vegas, Nev., from Oct. 6-8 could be summed up in two words; cautiously optimistic. Yes, attendance was down and the show had fewer exhibitors than previous years, but as with all things in life and business, the event is about quality not quantity.
With layoffs continuing in the manufacturing sector in both Canada and the United States and fuel prices steadily rising, the outlook for North American economy is uncertain. Glass Canada spoke to representatives of several companies to see how they are coping.
With more than 1,000 exhibitors reserving more than 705,000 square feet of exhibit space, glasstec 2008 promises to be the largest trade show to date in its history.
Ross Wady, president for the Glass Trades Association (GTA) of Northern Alberta in Edmonton, submits this report: “Business is good here in Alberta. Nevertheless, our buoyant economy produces some challenges and the GTA is addressing a number of these. One challenge is a chronic shortage of skilled trades people.
Barber Glass Industries in Guelph, Ontario, will soon offer 130 by 240 inch oversized glass fabrication when it opens its newest facility in Collingwood, Ontario.
Victor Day, Regional Auto Glass in Simcoe, Ontario.
With component manufacturers constantly developing better products and window dealers promoting their added value to consumers, the window industry has seen a steady acceptance in the market for quality products.

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