UPDATE: GlassBuild America 2017 Releases Hurricane Irma Update

Glass Magazine
September 11, 2017
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION

Please see these updated FAQs as of 7:00pm Sept. 11.

UPDATED: Sept. 11, 12:48 p.m. ET.

The National Glass Association and Window and Door Dealers Alliance released an updated statement on Sept. 11 regarding the potential effects of Hurricane Irma on GlassBuild America 2017, to be held Sept. 12-14 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

"We're here and we're ready," NGA\WDDA officials said. "While we’re starting to see the rain come into the Atlanta this morning, the highest winds won’t impact this area until between noon and midnight, and are expected to subside after midnight.

"GlassBuild America will kick-off tomorrow at 8 a.m. [Tuesday] as originally planned and will run through 2 p.m. on Thursday. Many of our exhibitors have already arrived in Atlanta with their shipments and 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."

NGA\WDDA officials released updated FAQs as of 11:30 a.m. this morning.

The organization also released an update message for exhibitors: "If you are delayed, we are making provisions for the show floor to be open beyond the usual timeframes for 24 hours and into Wednesday for late set-up."

UPDATED: Sept. 10

"The latest weather reports show Irma tracking westerly, which means rain and wind for Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday. The Georgia World Congress Center is keeping us informed of all city, state, airport and weather updates," officials said in the statement. 

The NGA\WDDA also released FAQs regarding the effects of Hurricane Irma on the show. Click here for attendee FAQs.  

Exhibitors should monitor their email for updates on show logistics, according to NGA\WDDA officials. 

UPDATED: Sept. 9

Nicole Harris, the president and CEO of the National Glass Association and Window and Door Dealers Alliance released the following statement to exhibitors and attendees regarding Hurricane Irma. 

"We understand and share your concern. Please know we are monitoring the situation closely, directly engaging with the top officials of the [Georgia World Congress Center], the city, hotels, and all of our other trusted vendors involved with hosting GlassBuild America. Safety and security is the top priority, and we are following all precautions.

"However, unless and until the Mayor of Atlanta and the Governor of Georgia declare a state of emergency and require evacuations for the Atlanta area, the show will go on as planned. This is standard operating procedure for all trade shows and events, and we are following the protocols in place.

"Of course, everyone must make their own decisions about coming to the show. We know it’s a difficult call. None of us know exactly what’s coming or what the impact will be.

"EXHIBITORS: We are making provisions for the show floor to be open beyond the usual timeframes for 24 hours and into Wednesday for late set-up.

"Please know also that our pre-registration numbers are among the highest on record, so even if a percentage of our attendees don’t make it in, we anticipate a strong and successful show. We’re here, we’re ready, and we hope to see you in Atlanta.

"Our thoughts continue to be with everyone in areas being affected by Hurricane Irma and those in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

UPDATED: Sept. 8

"GlassBuild America will be held as planned as long as the City of Atlanta, Georgia World Congress Center, and our official hotels are open and able to host our event. Rescheduling is not possible and there is no current intention of canceling the event unless the city of Atlanta mandates it. This is a difficult time and we understand that individuals may encounter personal, business and/or travel reasons for why they may not be able to attend. Please use your best judgement.

"If you decide not to attend, please be sure to cancel your hotel reservation directly with your hotel to avoid being charged as a 'no show.'

"NGA\WDDA will continue to monitor the situation and post updates if needed. To our members and colleagues in Florida and in other areas being affected by Hurricane Irma, our thoughts are with you – be safe."

Click here for further updates regarding Hurricane Irma and GlassBuild America.

Click here for further updates on Hurricane Irma.