AAMA National Conference Covers Proposed IGMA Merger, Important Business Topics and Committee Work

Glass Magazine
March 4, 2019

Members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association gathered last week in Palm Springs, California, for the 82nd Annual National Conference, held Feb. 25-28. The four-day event was packed with networking events, keynotes and roundtable discussions, committee work sessions, member awards and new business. Follow @GlassMag and #AAMAConf for live coverage of the event.

The Opening Session began with AAMA members remembering Kim Flanary of Milgard Windows and Doors, a long-time AAMA member. Flanary unexpectedly passed away last November. The event also held a ceremony to name Flanary an honorary member and a 5K Fun Run in his honor. Read more about Flanary’s life and impact.

A proposal for the potential AAMA and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance unification will be up for member review in June. During the Opening Session and in two Q&A sessions, Janice Yglesias, AAMA's executive vice president, addressed members and responded to questions regarding the planned structure. “The more we hear from you the better we can develop a plan that addresses the needs of all the members,” she said.

The remaining plan development will begin this month. A final plan will be distributed in early June before the AAMA and IGMA joint summer conference, June 17-20, 2019 in Victoria, British Columbia.

Addressing concerns over product dilution, members, Yglesias and Margaret Webb, executive director, IGMA, are working to determine the time needed to continue the work of both organizations and making sure the core work for each organization is in focus, according to comments made during the conference.

“We’re working to set the combined conference schedules to the work needing to be done at that time,” said Yglesias. Read more about the proposed combination.

During the Glass Material Council meeting, Paul Bush, director, quality and technical services, Vitro, discussed the recent update of ASTM E2188, 2189 and 2190, specifications for insulating glass unit performance and fogging. The 2018 updated documents are approved and will be published later this year. The updated standards require labs to increase volatile fog testing, but should ease pressure on manufacturers by allowing them to fog test the full assembly, AAMA committee members noted.

New business discussed included work from the IGMA Winter Conference. Read more here.

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