GlassBuild America 2019 Reflects Industry's Strength

Glass Magazine
September 24, 2019
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION

The glass and fenestration industries convened in Atlanta last week for the largest GlassBuild America in Atlanta in recent years. The essential industry trade show drew 8,200 attendees to a 187,000-net-square-foot exhibit floor with more than 420 exhibitors demonstrating the latest in industry innovations.

“The industry made it known that we're here, we're strong and we're looking to grow; this response to GlassBuild mirrors NGA's renewed commitment to elevate the image of glass as a safe, healthy, sustainable and inspiring building product,” says Andrew Haring, vice president of business development for the National Glass Association, the event organizer and host. “Exhibiting companies clearly stepped up their game across the board, sharing space with all sorts of new first timers, while attendees and exhibitors alike universally noted a strong uptick in energy, engagement, and offerings.”

2019 GlassBuild America sets a precedent for future events, Haring says. “The folks who were here saw it, and the ones who missed it will surely join us next year.”

What People are Saying About GlassBuild 2019

“GlassBuild 2019 was a game changer! One of the largest and most well attended shows we've seen to date. The quality of products showcased, the latest and greatest in manufacturing and processing technologies, the live demos and the discussion panels and forums really illustrated the current state and confidence of the industry,” says Tyler Hall, business development manager, Denison Glass and Mirror, Texas. “From a glazier's point of view, it's the best place to see and be seen! Investing time and money into attending GlassBuild delivers an immediate ROI in terms of knowledge, exposure to the newest products and technologies and staying front of mind with leading manufacturers. If you weren't there, you missed out, and DGM is coming to take your lunch!”

“GlassBuild America 2019 in Atlanta was absolutely amazing, or as we say, ‘Dead On,’” says Joe Hannah, owner, Dead On Glass, Georgia. “I brought over 30 employees and I've got to say it was the best investment I've made in a very long time. We saw all aspects of the glass industry and all of my guys learned something new. The NGA rocks and we are looking forward to the next show.”

“When there is such a hype around an event often times that hype is hard to fulfill,” says Steven Brooks, national sales director, SmartLift US. “That was the furthest thing from the truth at GlassBuild 2019. This year's GlassBuild was one for the record books. From the amount of people who visited our booth, to the number of deals closed on the show room floor. For three straight days we had conversations with all the right people. We are already working on ways to make our booth a little more interactive in Vegas 2020.”

“GlassBuild Atlanta was incredible this year,” says Dustin Anderson, owner and president, Anderson Glass, Texas. “My big takeaways are: the economic forecast has helped us at Anderson Glass make some decisions on our direction; the quantity and quality of frameless shower door hardware is insane and we are excited about our growing supply chain; the tech side of our industry is increasingly getting stronger which is exciting; and finally, there is a place where I see our industry coming together as a whole to make an impact which is very rad!”

“GlassBuild 2019 was a homerun from all aspects this year,” says Matt Price, Armor Guard Protective Coatings. “From the amazing national turnout, unmatched professional networking opportunities, to the qualified booth traffic and overall fellowship, GlassBuild was a huge success! Special thanks to Andrew Haring who was the mastermind of this magnificent show.”

“Soft Tech had an amazing experience at the debut of our “Soft Tech City” booth,” says Mitch Lewandoswki, vice president of sales - North America, Soft Tech Group. “I will say, there was an additional buzz in the air this year at a level I've not seen before. From the level of new commitment new customers had to invest in tech, to the overall excitement of the market wanting to move forward. Certainly the best GlassBuild we've ever had.”