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September 2018

Vegas: Worthy of Consideration

Overall, this year’s GlassBuild America garnered good reviews from almost all with whom I spoke. There were some common-themed suggestions that I heard a number of times during my week in Vegas. They are: Most likely the result of an attempt to integrate GANA’s Fall Conference into the GlassBuild architecture, the old GANA annual conference stretched to four days, with only one meeting on most days. Other events such as the Glazing Executives Forum overlapped show hours, as did the Window and Door Dealer Day which was held at a separate location entirely. The overlapping conferences and their times and location was a bit confusing. Holding the cocktail party on… Read More »

Vegas: Cause for Celebration

The city of Las Vegas is for celebrating—and the glass industry did its part during the GlassBuild America show, held there September 12-14, 2018. Celebrations abounded both on and off the show floor. Machinery manufacturer Mappi commemorated its 25th anniversary. Tool and equipment supplier EDTM did as well. Veka celebrated 35 years in North America. Caldwell Manufacturing may have been one of the oldest companies, marking its 130th year in business, but its slogan as the “gateway to the Internet of Things” certainly rings current. And a number of individuals in the glass industry celebrated anniversaries as well, including Bob Price formerly of J.E. Berkowitz, reaching 40 years in the… Read More »

Vegas: Yeah, That Happened.

Robotics are in and finding enough workers is out; accelerated depreciation of up to 100 percent of cost is in and recession is out. All these factors combined to make the GlassBuild America (GBA) show, held in Las Vegas September 12-14, 2018, the best and business-busiest show in a decade. The exhibition felt like a trade show should, full of people coming to make educated purchases and decisions. Throw in a number of new products, a whole lot of new technology and well … Las Vegas … and you have a very successful event. Trends were everywhere. Here’s my own top five, Vegas-style: 1. Jumbotrons come indoors. Cruise the strip… Read More »

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