GlassBuild America 2017 Opens

Glass Magazine
September 12, 2017
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION : MEETINGS AND EVENTS

GlassBuild America 2017 opened Tuesday, Sept. 12, after the unusual challenge of Hurricane Irma. The National Glass Association and the Glass Association of North America announced an organizational merger at the opening session. To maximize customer contact for exhibitors delayed by weather, GBA extended the show hours on Wednesday and Thursday

Ken Mariotti of Woodland Windows and Doors introduced the GlassBuild Opening Session, held in the wake of Irma and the anniversary of 9/11, and noted the contribution of the industry. Mariotti said, “Glass and fenestration industries have developed systems that protect life and property, and we need to tell the story every day.”

Exhibitors were ready and excited to take part, despite the weather, demonstrating that industry spirit: 

Tuesday's events included the opening session with Cam Marston, Express Learning sessions from numerous industry experts, the 12th Annual Glazing Executives Forum and the opening of Window & Door Dealer Days.

Tuesday's events included the opening session with Cam Marston, Express Learning sessions from numerous industry experts, the 12th Annual Glazing Executives Forum and the opening of Window & Door Dealer Days.

Read Marston’s article about multi-generational workplaces is in the September issue of Glass Magazine.

The Glazing Executives Forum included discussion of how associations can work with trade schools to build the workforce supply and retain workers.  

Kicking off the forum was Alex Chausovsky, senior analyst from ITR Economics. “The economy will be a tailwind in your sails. … It will be with you over the next 9 months,” said Chausovsky. ITR expects the U.S. economy to continue to accelerate into next year. Chausovsky added, “Keep that in mind as you make investment decisions.” Chausovsky’s main concern going forward is inflation. “Inflationary pressures are much more relevant today than they were just 12 months ago,” he said.

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