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NGA announces cancellation of GlassBuild America 2020

June 23, 2020  By The National Glass Association

The National Glass Association (NGA) has announced that GlassBuild America, slated for Sept. 15 -17, 2020 in Las Vegas, has been cancelled. The event will return in 2021, Sept. 13-15 in Atlanta.

The State of Nevada currently prohibits public gatherings of more than 50 individuals in any indoor or outdoor areas. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) does not anticipate that this limitation will be increased in a manner to allow large groups to gather in the Las Vegas Convention Center exhibit halls and meeting rooms in time for NGA’s September 2020 event.

“We are deeply disappointed by the COVID-19 impact on our trade show,” said NGA President & CEO Nicole Harris. “This loss will not only be felt by the buyers and sellers who look forward to coming together each year to do business at GlassBuild but has a significant financial impact on NGA – a non-profit trade association.

“GlassBuild America funds everything NGA does on behalf of the glass, glazing and fenestration industry,” continued Harris. “It’s what enables NGA to advocate for building codes and legislation, educate our industry and stakeholders, and promote glass and fenestration to all. NGA’s Board of Directors remains committed to our mission, purpose, and vision as we pivot resources to ensure we continue to protect, preserve, and grow our industry and our member companies.”

In anticipation of this outcome, NGA has worked behind the scenes to produce an online marketplace called GlassBuild Connect: The Glass & Fenestration Online Experience. GlassBuild Connect will showcase exhibitors’ product and services for buyers and prospects to explore online during the entire month of September. Online attendees will also have access to educational events, economic and trends forecast presentations, product demonstrations, and other informative programming throughout the month.

Watch for details as we pivot online with GlassBuild Connect to deliver the information gathering, trend-watching, learning, evaluating, comparing—and of course, buying and selling—that the industry has come to expect every year.

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