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  • NGA survey shows some members yet to adopt a strategy
    The majority of National Glass Association member firms are trying to improve operations, adopting a variety of methodologies and practices that increase productivity and competitiveness. Yet 36 percent of NGA members participating in the 2006 NGA Competitiveness Survey are still doing next to nothing. NGA members are most likely to use employee training programs—35 percent of firms already...
  • Sarasota has Ringling museum, a purple arts center, plenty of impressive glass
    As part of my continuing education in the glass industry, I’ve scheduled visits to National Glass Association members while traveling to shows and conferences.In January, Glass Week took me to Sarasota, Fla., a small city of about 54,000 residents and one of the cultural centers of the state. I stopped in at the showrooms of Faour Glass Technologies, with headquarters in nearby Tampa,...
  • Field among the fastest growing in the industry
    It’s easy to see why people are drawn to decorative glass installations. Kiln-cast glass refracts light and reflects color. It changes with ambient light levels, surrounding colors and movement. Installing decorative glass is like putting architectural scale jewels into your projects. This glass is both durable and gorgeous. Long after resin, flooring, wall...
  • Instructions on designing
    This is the third set of tips from Mr. ShowerDoor Inc., which is headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., and offers shower enclosure products to the U.S. market. Tom Whitaker, president, founded the company in 1981. It has 11 locations across the country.                                        
  • Simple guidelines for diversifying business
    In today’s competitive auto glass market, more shop owners are looking to add new products or services to re-invigorate company profits. Diversification is happening across the board, at small single-site businesses on up to full-scale multisite enterprises. Business owners are looking to increase sales and profitability, and leverage their existing know-how, resources and capacity for...
  • Basic strategies to attract online shoppers
    Seventy percent of U.S. households use the Internet to shop locally for products and services, according to a 2005 study by The Kelsey Group, a Princeton, N.J., market-consulting firm that focuses on Yellow Pages, electronic directories, small-business advertising and search-engine marketing. This puts the Internet on par with newspapers and print Yellow Pages as an information resource for...
  • Part four of four in the e-glass HR seriesStop smoking, lose weight and watch your cholesterol. This has become the mantra for many glass company executives who are taking a proactive approach to health care by encouraging healthy lifestyles among employees...
  • Glass companies struggle to keep up with rising costs Part three of four in the e-glass HR series Health care costs have ballooned during the past decade, increasing more than 30 percent in the last three years alone. Glass companies and their employees are both feeling the effects...
  • Companies struggle to get young workers into retirement plans Part two of three in the e-glass HR series Young workers in the glass industry aren’t opting in to private retirement plans, even with the solvency of Social Security and pensions in question, company executives report...
  • Glass companies rely on incentive programs to motivate employees Part one of three in the e-glass HR series Whether it's annual bonuses or performance-based pay raises, glass company executives say financial incentives improve employee attendance, increase motivation and advance overall job performance...
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