Volume 12, Issue 6 - November/December 2010


Auto Glass Week™ 2011
New Industry-Wide Event to Premier


If your calendar isn’t already marked, you’ll want to be sure to start planning early to be in Memphis, Tenn., next September. For the first time, all of the major auto glass groups have announced that they will join together in 2011 for one educational and exhibition event, Auto Glass Week™ to be held September 15-17, 2011, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center and Memphis Marriott Downtown.

The 2011 event will bring together the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council Inc., the Independent Glass Association (IGA), the National Glass Association (NGA), National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA), and AGRR magazine’s Pilkington Classic Auto Glass Technician Olympics and the Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics for one event in one venue. The International Window Film Tint-Off and Conference also will be held concurrently.

“This joint event is an incredible testament to the desire by all the groups to preserve and advance the auto glass industry as a unique industry,” said a joint statement issued by the groups. “We all believe in the future of the auto glass industry.”
Auto Glass Week will be managed by AGRR magazine.

The Venue
The 2011 Auto Glass Week will take place in the heart of Memphis at the Memphis Marriott Downtown and the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The hotel, which boasts the title of “largest hotel in Memphis,” has spectacular views of the skyline and the convenience of being just a few steps from the competitions and seminars.

The 19-floor hotel and convention center are attached by a short skywalk and feature a fitness center, indoor pool, coffee shop and a UPS store for shipping needs. The hotel is located on the Memphis trolley line, which provides attendees with easy transportation to restaurants, shopping and other attractions.

Attendees can stay at the hotel for the low room rate of $99, which includes free Internet. Reserve your room by contacting the Memphis Marriott Downtown at 901/527-7300.

Home of the Blues: Memphis, Tenn.
You may want to consider adding some time on to your stay in Memphis (or bringing a spouse along), as there is much to do in the city. The city is known for its exceptional barbeque, blues music and rock ‘n roll history. Attendees can take a stroll down Beale Street, which honors many of Memphis’ most famous and influential musicians, to take in the sights and sounds of this famous stretch of restaurants, bars and stores. With close proximity to both shopping and the Mississippi River, visitors will have the option to enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities. Graceland, the home of the legendary Elvis Presley, is just a short drive and almost anywhere you go in Memphis you can find traditional Memphis barbeque.

Other local attractions include the nearby National Civil Rights Museum, AutoZone Park and the FedEx Forum.

More to Come
Further details will be announced in the coming months. Be sure to watch glassBYTEs.com™, along with the event website, www.autoglassweek.com, for more information as it is released. If you’re interested in competing in either the AGTO or WRO, please contact Holly Biller at hbiller@glass.com or at 540/720-5584, ext. 123.


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