Volume 33, Number 4, April 1998

Educational Syndication:USGlass Expands Regional Education Program 4/98

by Leslie Shaver

USGlass magazine will continue its "spreading the education around" policy in 1998 and 1999 by developing more regional events. The 1998 shows will be in Vancouver, BC, Canada; Houston, TX; and Grand Rapids, MI, and the magazine also has tentative 1999 shows set for various locations.

On August 21-22, USGlass will be returning to Vancouver for Glass Expo Pacific Northwest™ '98, to be held in the downtown Robson Square Convention Center. The event, which is held in Vancouver every other year, returns to the city after being in Seattle, WA, last year.

The importance of Glass Expo Pacific Northwest, which is the only glass show in the region, is underscored by the region being one of the strongest, fastest growing and most vital centers of the glass, metal and window industry in North America. USGlass plans to implement a "machinery-friendly floor" to provide attendees with a chance to get a first-hand look at what is out there in the world of machinery.

A number of sponsors will join USGlass in presenting Glass Expo Pacific Northwest '98, including the Glazing Contractors of British Columbia, the Window and Door Manufacturers of British Columbia, the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association, the Canadian Glazing Contractors Association, British Columbia Glass and Glazing, the Washington Glass Association, the Independent Glass Association, USGlass, Windshield and Glass Repair Magazine and Window Film magazine. Following Glass Expo Pacific Northwest will be the inaugural Glass TEXpo™ at the Hyatt Regency Houston in Houston, TX, on September 11-12, 1998. TEXpo, which is being co-sponsored by the Texas Glass Association, is the first major industry event to be held in the region in more than ten years.

Finally, USGlass will wrap up the year with what is expected to be the largest Glass Expo Midwest™ ever, at the Amway Grand Center and Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI, on October 2-3. The show will not only be the first Glass Expo Midwest held in Grand Rapids, but also the first major industry event held in Michigan in nearly 25 years. Last year the show was held in Kansas City, MO, after being in Chicago, IL, for its first three years.

No matter where it is held, Glass Expo Midwest is always a notable event due to the annual induction of industry members into the Glass and Metal Hall of Fame™ held during the event. The Glass and Metal Hall of Fame honors those people who have given their time and talents for the betterment of the glass industry as a whole.

In addition to the Hall of Fame, Glass Expo Midwest features the many programs and networking opportunities to which attendees of the Glass Expos have become accustomed, such as seminars, workshops, tours, a cocktail party and a breakfast.

Sponsors of Glass Expo Midwest include USGlass, Window Film magazine, Windshield and Glass Repair Magazine and 11 regional associations.

The three 1998 Glass Expos, in addition to all past and future Expos, originate from one common concept: the desire by USGlass to take education to individuals around the country who lack the means or time to attend national shows and to provide education that takes regional practices into account. "These events illustrate our commitment to providing educational opportunities around the country for people who lack the access to national shows," said Debra Levy, publisher of USGlass. "The exhibitors also work with us to spread the education around." The glass industry seems to have taken to this concept, as evidenced by the expansion of the regional trade shows into new areas such as Texas and Hawaii, and the growth of established ones in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest regions.

In addition to seminars, workshops, cocktail parties and breakfasts, an attendee will also find a variety of products on display at a USGlass educational show. These include auto and flat glass, glass repair and replacement services, equipment and machinery, metals, curtainwall systems, storefronts and entrances, doors, windows and related hardware, computers and software, adhesives and sealants, shower door enclosures, consulting services, bending and coating services and glaziers hardware.

USGlass has just announced four events for 1999. Glass Forum '99 will be returning to The Center of New Hampshire - Holiday Inn in Manchester, NH, on January 22-23, 1998. The first Glass Expo Hawaii™ will be held on February 19-20, 1999, at the Turtle Bay Hilton in Kahuku on the island of Oahu. The Hawaii event, to be held once every ten years, is eagerly awaited by those in the industry. Room rates are only $129. Glass Expo Pacific Northwest '99 has also been scheduled for 1999, moving from Vancouver to Portland, OR. The 1999 Glass Hall of Fame inductees will join their counterparts from the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame with their induction in Cleveland, OH, site of Glass Expo Midwest '99.

Leslie Shaver is the editorial assistant of USGlass.


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