Volume 34, Number 4, April 1999

Join the Glass Stampede

Glass Expo Calgary™ ’99 Rolls Into Town and Provides
Numerous Educational Opportunities for Attendees

The world class city of Calgary in the Canadian Province of Alberta is well-known for a variety of international attractions including the city itself, the nearby mountains, Lake Louise and Banff National Park, along with the "greatest outdoor show on earth"—the annual cowboy "Stampede." But a week before that, Calgary will play host to a stampede of another kind—of auto and flat glass and metal companies, as the first major glass exposition and educational event will take place there. Glass Expo Calgary™ will debut June 25 and 26 at the Coast Plaza Hotel near the airport in Calgary.

The educational event is sponsored by the Glass and Architectural Metals Association of Canada, the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association, the Glass Trades Association of Edmonton, the Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta, the SAIT Glaziers Apprenticeship Program and the Glazing Contractors of BC. It is co-sponsored by USGlass magazine, BC Glass & Glazing CANADA, Window Film and Windshield & Glass Repair magazines. Members of these groups and their employees, along with readers of any of the sponsoring publications, can receive free admission to the seminars, demonstrations and trade show.

Calgary and the Canadian Rockies

Minutes from adventure in an unspoiled mountain playground, Calgary is clean and safe; a big city without big-city problems. Visitors are inspired by its beauty, romance and heritage.

Visit the Calgary Zoo, one of the top ten zoos in the world, the Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park, complete with dinosaur replicas. The Calgary Science Centre offers some of the world’s finest interactive science displays and exhibits. The Western Heritage Center, Fort Calgary ( the "F" Troop of the Northwest Mounted Police), Heritage Park Historical Village (the Williamsburg of the North) and Glenbow Museum all feature insights into the city’s history. Canadian’s Olympic park, the site of the XV Olympic Winter Games is also open. The Calgary International Jazz Festival will also be in progress during Glass Expo Calgary.

Scenery Extraordinaire

Visitors will have a difficult time choosing from among the many day-trips available from Calgary. The world-famous sites of Banff National Park, Kananaskis and Lake Louise are within a few hours drive. Choose among:

        Banff         90 minutes
        Drumheller 90 minutes
        Edmonton           3 hours
        Jasper           4 hours
        Kananaskis          1 hour
        Lake Louise  3 hours
        Waterton      2 hours

No area of North America beats Calgary when it comes to outdoor sports either. From skiing to swimming, golfing to hockey, Calgary offers something for everyone.

A Bargain to International Visitors

Alberta is the only province in Canada without a provincial sales tax. In addition to a very favorable exchange rate on the Canadian dollar, foreign visitors can also apply for a rebate on the national Goods and Services Tax.

Getting There

Major airline carriers provide non-stop service to Calgary from centers around the world. The airport is less than 20 minutes from downtown and the highway system is very well-maintained. Glass Expo Calgary has made arrangements with the Coast Plaza Hotel for a free shuttle to carry passengers between the airport and hotel.

Flight Times from Other Cities:

        Chicago             3 hours 45 minutes

        Dallas                   3 hours 45 minutes

        Denver                 2 hours 15 minutes

        Edmonton          45 minutes

        Los Angeles  3 hours

        Minneapolis  2 hours 45 minutes

        NYC                  4 hours 50 minutes

        San Francisco 2 hours 50 minutes

        Seattle                  l hour 15 minutes

        Toronto              4 hours

        Vancouver 1 hour 15 minutes

Who Should Attend

All those involved in any aspect of the auto and flat glass and metal industries is invited to attend. For companies within driving distance, this event is your opportunity to bring everyone—from managers and officers to CSRs and installers—for the finest in education at little or no cost. Glass Expo Calgary is the best way to make sure your entire staff receives the latest in industry education. Plan to come if you are involved with:

The Location

The Coast Plaza Hotel at Calgary
1316 -33rd Street NE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2A 6B6

Rates: $99.00 (CND) single/double—(approximately $60 USD)

The Coast Plaza Hotel is Calgary’s premiere corporate hotel. It is located just ten minutes from Calgary International Airport and downtown Calgary.

Each guest room at the Coast Plaza is equipped with data ports, voice mail and in-room coffee and tea service. The indoor pool, sauna and fitness center as well as an all-day restaurant round-out the hotel’s full menu of amenities. The hotel offers free shuttle service to and from the airport. And, if you’re driving, you can park for free!

For Reservations: Call 800/661-1464 and say you are with the Glass Expo. For discounted rates, you must make your reservation by May 28, 1999.

A Word About Regional Education

Glass Expo Calgary ’99 will offer those in the glass industry two days of education, exposition, and hospitality. "This event illustrates our commitment to providing educational opportunities throughout North America for people who usually lack access to or find it difficult to attend national shows," said Debra Levy, publisher of USGlass magazine and BC Glass & Glazing CANADA. "A partnership exists between attendees and exhibitors—the exhibitors work with us to spread the education around–they know that this is the ideal opportunity to promote their products to the western Canadian market.

"Attendees know they can get the best in education, close to home, without the cost and hassle of long distance travel. This partnership has been working extremely well for the more than six years that Glass Expos has been touring. "We’re proud to bring education to all levels of the industry. It has been our goal since the first show we produced in Chicago 1994." Levy added that she expects to bring the expo to Calgary every three or four years, depending on evaluations from exhibitors and attendees. "Calgary is in the middle of quite a construction boom right now," she said. "And with the World Energy Conference coming next year, Calgary is awash in cranes and new construction the likes of which haven’t been seen before."

Something for Everyone!

The event will feature many industry-specific demonstrations and workshops for the auto and flat glass and metal industries and will include an opening cocktail party on Friday evening. A networking breakfast sponsored by Joseph Taylor Inc. with keynote speaker Lyle Hill of MTH Industries will take place on Saturday morning. Jerry Wright of A&A Glass in Fort Worth, TX, will provide a motivational session on Working in the Glass Industry–Texas Style.

In addition, auto glass attendees will be able to attend a session conducted by Catherine Howard of NAGS, who will discuss NAGS pricing and how changes affect the Canadian market, a panel discussion about Safe Installation Prac-tices and a number of auto glass installations and repair demonstrations will also be held.

In addition to auto glass installations, demonstrations will also be held on Proper Mirror Installations, Shower Door Installations and Installing Window Film in Commercial and Residential Markets. Programs about working with Metal Suppliers, Job Cost Estimating for Contract Glazing, Marketing Value-Added Glass Products and Understanding the New Energy Efficient Glasses will also be included. At press time a special session about security glazing was also being planned.

Scholarships/Credit Available

As part of our commitment to make high-quality industry education affordable and accessible (bringing it right to your door), it is the policy of USGlass magazine not to refuse admission to the educational sessions to anyone in the industry due to lack of funds. Should someone in your company be in need of a scholarship to attend the educational program and seminars, please let us know and we will permit admission through our scholarship program.

Several of the seminars offered also provide continuing educational credits for architects and insurance agents.

Special Guest Program

We recognize that there are many people outside the glass and metal industry, such as architects, specifiers, insurance agents, building code officials and general contractors, that you may like to attend a session or two at Glass Expo Calgary ’99.

Please feel free to invite these individuals at no charge AS YOUR GUEST. All you will need to do is provide their business card confirming their occupation and they will receive a daily registration at no charge as your guest.

To Register

Our seminar schedules are updated weekly and available on the USGlass web site at www.usglassmag.com. Check there often for final seminar information and times. You may also register online or by filling out the form on the opposite page. Also, most local suppliers have free passes to the seminars and trade shows, so be sure to ask them as well. For more information, call Michelle Robinson at 540/720-5584 or fax 540/720-5687, or you may e-mail USGlass at calgary@glass.com.


Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, June 24

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Golf Tournament (Optional, additional fee required)

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Installation Practices Program (optional special program presented by the Performance Achievement Group—additional fee required)

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibitor Registration


Friday, June 25

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration Open

9 a.m. to 12 noon Tour of Local Business

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Seminars, Demos and Workshops

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Glass Expo Calgary ’99

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Welcoming Session featuring motivational speaker Jerry Wright of A&A Glass, Fort Worth, TX

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Welcoming Cocktail Party


Saturday, June 26

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration Open

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast featuring Lyle R. Hill. Sponsored by Joseph Taylor Inc.

10 a.m. Coffee Break sponsored by Joseph Taylor Inc.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seminars, Demos and Workshops

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Glass Expo Calgary ’99

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Customer Services Strategies (optional special program presented by the Performance Achievement Group—additional fee required)


Glass Expo Calgary Exhibitors

As of March 28, sales had been open for only four days and these fine companies had already become exhibitors at Glass Expo Calgary ’99:

BC Glass & Glazing Canada
BTB Tools
Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association
C.R. Laurence
Crystal Glass
Easi-Serv Products Inc.
Girabaldi Glass
Glass & Arch. Metals Association
Glass Canada
Glass Trades Assn of Edmonton
Glazing Contractors of BC
Gold Glass Group
Grant Metal Products
GTS Glaspac Total
Solutions Computer
Joseph Taylor
National Glass Ltd.
Performance Achievement Group
SAIT Glaziers Program
3M Company
USGlass Magazine
Windshield & Glass Repair
Window Film magazine
Woods Powr Grip


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