From GlassBuild America: Thousands gather in Atlanta for opening day

Glass Magazine
September 30, 2009

GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo opened its doors Sept. 30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. More than 7,100 industry members registered for the event, which occupied 270,000 gross square feet of exhibit space.

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  Total registrants: 7,124

  International registrants: 740  
  representing 42 countries

  Registrant profile: 50 percent senior

  Gross exhibit space: 270,000 square

  Total exhibit space occupied: 121,323
  net square feet

  Exhibiting companies: 397

  First-time exhibitors: 57

  International exhibitors: 84  
  representing 11 countries

  Show organizer: National Glass 

  Show partners: American Architectural
  Manufacturers Association, Glass
  Association of North America, Insulating
  Glass Manufacturers Alliance, Bath
  Enclosure Manufacturers Association

  GlassBuild America 2010: Sept. 14-16,
  Las Vegas Convention Center


"We are hearing from exhibitors that they have customers coming," said Phil James, CEO of the National Glass Association, McLean, Va., which organizes GlassBuild America. "Exhibitors are expecting that the companies that are here are the ones in a position to start growing their business again," he said. "They are here because they are ready to innovate. They are here because they want to differentiate their product lines. They are here to do business."

Nearly 400 companies, including 57 new to GlassBuild America, are on the show floor. Eighty-four international exhibitors representing Austria, Belgium, China, Israel, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Mexico, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom are participating in the event.

"We’re here to promote our new products ... and a few important contacts can really make the show successful," said Jeff Nichols, vice president of sales and marketing for Standard Bent Glass, Butler, Pa., from the show floor. "My expectations are that will happen."