GlassBuild America 2017 Opens Today

Glass Magazine
September 11, 2017
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We're here and we're ready has been a repeated refrain in the days leading up to GlassBuild America 2017. Hurricane Irma battered Florida over the weekend, leaving glass industry companies unsure of how their own businesses would fare, let alone if they would come to the show. And as Irma, now downgraded to a Tropical Storm, continued to threaten the Atlanta area with gusty wind, power outages and flooding, traveling to the area became risky. 

But we—staff, exhibitors, speakers—are here, and we're ready. While it's under unusual circumstances, weather reports forecast sun this afternoon, and GlassBuild America 2017 opened today and will run through 2 p.m. on Thursday.

And while safety is top priority for everyone involved, GlassBuild America 2017 is a testament to the resiliency, adaptability and innovation of the glass industry. Show exhibitors and speakers are here and ready to show what the glass industry is capable of, and what it still needs to learn.


In a statement on Sept. 11, GlassBuild America show staff said, "Many of our exhibitors...have told us they want to make the most of their investment and months of preparation. This is our largest show in many years, a reflection of high demand in a strong construction market. We want to make the most of this unfortunate situation beyond anyone’s control.

We all have an obligation to protect the safety and security of our registrants and our staff. Please use your best judgement in regard to your own personal safety when deciding to come to Atlanta."

The editorial staff will be covering the educational events throughout the show, and visiting exhibitors and attendees to gauge the pulse of the industry. If you're exhibiting and would like to speak with an editor, contact Bethany Stough to schedule an appointment. For the latest updates from the show floor, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. And inclement weather, canceled flights and uncertain conditions will not keep the industry from experiencing this show and learning from it. If you are not able to attend, look for video, photos and articles recapping the show in the coming days and weeks.