Now in its 11th year, GlassBuild America is the gathering place for the entire glass, window and door industry in North America.
Now in its 11th year, GlassBuild America is the gathering place for the entire glass, window and door industry in North America. Organized by the National Glass Association, which has produced meetings and trade shows for over 50 years, GlassBuild America offers a comprehensive and united audience. NGA has secured show partnerships with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Glass Association of North America, the Insulating Glass Manufactures Alliance and the Bath Enclosures Manufacturers Association to attract a variety of industry segments.
The show floor at GlassBuild America covers over 110,000 net square feet of exhibit space. This show floor is the central showcase for glass processing equipment, window and door manufacturing equipment, and the latest technologies for all types of glass and fenestration products. In addition, the show floor is home to the Innovations Pavilion which showcases cutting-edge technologies from across the glass industry, ranging from energy conservation devices to design innovations and the latest green products.
World class seminars and educational programs are offered daily, addressing the unique concerns of the glass and window and door industries and providing insight into emerging technologies, industry trends and market updates. Action-packed show floor demonstrations simulate the effect of hurricane debris on non-impact- and impact-resistant glass. Exhibiting companies cover the broad spectrum of manufacturing, distributing, fabricating, retailing and dealing flat glass and residential windows and doors.
GlassBuild America attracts participants from all facets of the glass, window, and door industries. Forty-eight percent of registered attendees hold CEO, president or other executive management positions. Seventy-six percent of attendees recommend or make the final decision about their company’s purchase of products.
Focus on innovation
GlassBuild America has seen continued growth in the Innovative Product Promotion program featured once again at the 2013 trade show. The program is on track to exceed 2012’s sold-out pavilion area and record-setting participation. “It is clear our industry values innovation and we are excited to provide the only trade show in North America that will display such industry innovation,” commented Denise Sheehan vice-president of NGA Industry Events.
Nearly 20 per cent of exhibiting companies at GlassBuild America 2013
have been accepted into the Innovative Product Promotion program. Many of these exhibitors are showcasing products and services for both the commercial and residential segments of the glass, window and door industry. The Innovative Product Pavilion includes a designated area on the show floor for this expanding segment. The pavilion is 80 per cent occupied with room to expand and is on track to be the largest Innovative Product Pavilion ever at GlassBuild America. Of the pavilion exhibitors, seven are first-time participants at GlassBuild and more than 40 per cent are repeating companies providing new products and using this program to promote their innovations. To be accepted into the Innovative Product Promotion program, exhibitors must apply and be approved with a product or service introduced to the glass, window and door industry within the last three years. Many choose to launch new products and services in the categories of High Performance/Efficiency, Green/Sustainability, Dynamic Products, New Technology, Design Innovation, or Solar Integration.
GlassBuild America came in at No. 184 on the Trade Show News Network’s list, which is based on net square footage data supplied by show management to TSNN. GlassBuild America has been listed as a top U.S. trade show since 2003. “Once again, we are honoured to be on this list and it really goes to show that despite challenging times, GlassBuild America and the industry it serves can rise above,” said Sheehan. “We are very excited about our 2013 event as we’ve lined up an incredible and innovative floor that will allow our attendees to gain knowledge, network and ultimately grow their businesses.”
Attendees and exhibitors can now make housing reservations for GlassBuild. “We are very excited about the hotel options this year. With so many choices, there really is something for everyone from luxury hotels to classic Atlanta properties, and, of course, options for those traveling on a budget. The hotel rates are very competitive and we are pleased to offer such great city accommodations to GlassBuild America attendees and exhibitors,” Sheehan said.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis is the headquarters hotel for GlassBuild and is only a few short blocks from the Georgia World Congress Center. The Marriott Marquis is offering rates as low as $175 per night. The additional official hotels are:
• Omni CNN Center ($179)
• Westin Peachtree Plaza ($159)
• The Glenn (Marriott Autograph Collection) ($179)
• Embassy Suites Hotel ($179.00)
• Hilton Garden Inn ($159)
• Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites ($135)
Quoted rates are minimums and do not include taxes and fees and are subject to limited availability. Reservations can be made online at www.GlassBuildAmerica.com/accommodations or by calling EventSphere, the official housing bureau, at 1-855-201-2606. As the official housing provider for GlassBuild America 2013, EventSphere is the only company authorized to sell rooms in the official hotel blocks. Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged not to use other companies to secure hotel rooms.
Shuttle service will be provided September 10 – 12 between the Georgia World Congress Center and selected official hotels. These hotels include Marriott Marquis, Westin Peachtree Plaza, The Glenn, and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Shuttle schedules will be posted in the lobby of each hotel and at the GWCC.
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