Highlights from GlassBuild America 2017

There was a sense of optimistic uncertainty as GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo opened its doors just a day after Hurricane Irma, then downgraded to a tropical depression, moved through western Georgia and into Alabama. Uncertainty coupled with determination to make the event—no matter the circumstances—worthwhile for exhibitors and attendees. And while the storm caused travel delays and forced some attendees to stay home, the event served as a prime display of the current strength of the North American glass and glazing industry. Exhibitors filled the floor with new advancements and innovations, and attendees came looking to invest.  

“What was shaping up to be the second largest GlassBuild in its history, was thrown a curve ball when first Hurricane Harvey hit in Texas, and then Hurricane Irma hit Florida and Georgia just days before the show. Not surprisingly, those events took a toll on the exhibits and attendance number, but the industry’s resilience and passion made sure the show was far from a wash out,” show organizers said in a statement. The event hosted 458 exhibiting companies occupying 180,395 net square feet on the show floor, and just under 6,000 attendees. 

Check out daily news from the show floor, and listen to industry voices discuss successes and challenges.

GlassBuild America 2017 Opens

GlassBuild America Offers Learning Resources, Extended Hours on Day Two

GlassBuild Closes Strong on Day Three

 

 

Bethany Stough is managing editor of Glass Magazine. Contact her at bstough@glass.org.

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