Volume 34, Number 7, July 1999


Glass TEXpo ’99 
Tumbles Into Town

The frontier town of Fort Worth combines the flavor of the Old West with first-class modernization. The town offers attractions for every taste from bull-riding and country music to art museums and concert halls. While the city plays host to a variety of entertainment and historical events, on September 17-18, the town will serve as host to an event of another kind—Glass TEXpo ’99.

Glass TEXpo is the only educational event designed exclusively for the auto, flat glass and metal industry in Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Northern Mexico and the Gulf States. The event is co-sponsored by the Texas Glass Association (TGA) and USGlass magazine. It will be held at the Radisson Plaza Fort Worth in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

Who Should Attend

Owners and managers of auto and flat glass shops, ornamental metals, miscellaneous metal companies, glazing subcontractors, architects, specifiers, designers and other glass and metal purchasers are invited to attend.

Visit Fort Worth: Cowboys and Culture

If you think Fort Worth is only full of cowboys and longhorn cattle, well, pardner, you best think again! It’s true that in its youth Fort Worth was a rough-and-tumble frontier town. But today, the city embraces its heritage of the Old West while offering an outstanding downtown area and access to first-class art.

No visit to Fort Worth is complete without visiting the famed Stockyard National Historic District, which looks much the same today as it did 100 years ago. In fact, the entire avenue is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Visitors are fortunate that Glass TEXpo will be held during Pioneer Days taking place in the Historic District, September 17-19. Pioneer Days are a commemorative celebration of the early days of the cattle industry and the pioneers who settled on the banks of the Trinity River.

For those who want a flavor of the Old West, the Cowtown Coliseum and Tarantula Steam Train are not to be missed, nor is the largest "honky-tonk" in the world: Billy Bob’s Texas. This evening spot, named "Club of the Year" plays country music’s hottest names and features live bull-riding indoors every weekend. The Texas Glass Association is sponsoring TGA night at Billy Bob’s during the event.

Forth Worth offers much more than cows. Its downtown area has been totally revitalized. Glittering skyscrapers form a ring around Sundance Square, the city’s shopping and entertainment district now restored to its original beauty. The 20-block area is also the site of the breathtaking Bass Performance Hall which opened just last year and features concerts and performances from around the world.

The Kimball Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art and the Will Rodgers Memorial Center, among others, are part of the city’s museum legacy. The Fort Worth Zoo, consistently ranked as one of America’s best zoos, has more than 5,000 native and exotic animals on view.

Almost every sport is well-represented in Fort Worth. The Texas Motor Speedway, the second largest sports facility in the country, is located there ... and the Arlington Texas Rangers play in Texas Stadium just minutes outside the city.

Getting There

Fort Worth is conveniently located just 17 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. With nearly 2,200 flights daily, the airport serves as the gateway for many destinations in the country. Fort Worth is also convenient to Love Field in Dallas. Southwest Airlines flies into Love Field and can be reached by calling 1-800-I FLY SWA.

About the Radisson

The Radisson Plaza Fort Worth is located at 815 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. It is a four-diamond, four-star hotel, with quite a bit of history. In addition to its history as a gateway to the wild west, the Radisson was also the place where John F. Kennedy spent the last night of his life before moving on to Dallas on November 23, 1963. It is one of the few hotels in the country listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In its July issue last year, TRAVEL & LEISURE magazine called the Radisson "a hotel that retains the feel of a grand old establishment."

The hotel features an outdoor pool, sauna, full health facility on-site, room service, two lounges and two restaurants. It is a convenient walk to Sundance Plaza and many of the other local attractions.

Glass TEXpo has arranged a reduced room rate of $119 per night, plus tax, for single or double occupancy from September 14 to 19. To make room reservations, please call the hotel at 800/333-3333 and be sure to identify yourself as attending Glass TEXpo. Please note that the deadline for discount rooms is August 26, 1999.

To Get to the Radisson

From DFW airport, the trip takes approximately 20-25 minutes. The Fort Worth Airport is also accessible from the airport to the hotel for $8. Arrangements can be made by calling 817/334-0092. The Amtrak station is a convenient five minute walk from the hotel and the Greyhound bus station is directly across the street.

If you are driving from the East: Take I-30 West to Commerce Street North. The hotel is on the corner of Commerce and 8th Streets.

From the West: Take I-20 to I-30 East to the Cherry Street Exit. Turn right on 7th and right on Calhoun and go to the corner of Calhoun and 8th Streets.

From the North or South: Take I-35 West to the downtown, Spur 377 exit. Turn south on Calhoun and go to 8th Street. Turn right on 8th Street and drive down two blocks. The hotel is also across the street from the Convention Center, so you may follow those signs as well.

Parking: Glass TEXpo has arranged for free parking street passes for all visitors from outside Tarrant County. You will receive a pass with your registration confirmation. It is good for all days you attend the Expo.

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 want to attend a session or two at Glass TEXpo ’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.

Repair Day and Window Film Day

Window Film magazine is hosting a special window film program on both days of the TEXpo, and Windshield Repair magazine will host a special "Repair Day" on Saturday, September 18. These special series of seminars are designed specifically for those in or contemplating entering either business and are intended to address the challenges of those businesses in Texas and the Gulf states. Admission for all these seminars is included in your registration.


Call Michelle Robinson for attendance information or Holly Carter for exhibitor information at 540/720-5584; fax: 540/720-5687; e-mail: texpo@glass.com. You may also register online at http://www.usglassmag.com. Check this site for the latest updates and any program changes. Hope to see you in Fort Worth!

Thursday Social Event

Golf Tournament

The Texas Glass Association will sponsor a golf tournament on Thursday, September 16 at the Hidden Creek Golf Course. The cost is $100 per person with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. To register, simply check the box on the registration form on page 59 saying you would like to participate in the tournament, and forms will be mailed to you with your registration confirmation.

The deadline for golf registration is September 13, 1999.

Friday Social Event

Opening Session and TGA Awards Luncheon
Sponsored by Palmer Mirro-Mastics

At press time, Texas Governor George W. Bush was expected to make the Keynote speech at the luncheon. Governor Bush was elected as the 46th governor of Texas with 53.5 percent of the vote in November 1994. Four years later, Governor Bush became the first Texas governor to be elected to consecutive four-year terms when he received 68.6 percent of the vote. He won 240 of Texas’ 254 counties—areas never before won by a Republican gubernatorial candidate.

Now an announced candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination, Governor Bush is attempting to shape his reputation as a compassionate conservative who shapes policy based on the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, strong families, and local control.

TGA will also award its highest honors, including the bestowal of the prestigious Lou Green award. The luncheon is sponsored by Palmer Mirro-Mastic who has generously helped defer the cost. A small fee will be added to the admission cost.

Saturday Social Event

TEXpo Night at the Texas Rangers

A block of tickets has been reserved for the Texas Rangers game on Saturday evening, September 18th against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Arlington Park is one of the nicest ball parks in the country, and a free shuttle will provide transportation between the ball park and the many restaurants and taverns in the immediate area. Tickets will be on sale at the registration desk.

TEXpo ’99 Events

Friday September 17
8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. (With a break for lunch)  Auto Glass Installation Practices

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.Opening Session/TGA Awards Luncheon

1 p.m. - 3 p.m. AG Installation/Tech Training Continues

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.Forklift Training for Managers

1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Working Effectively with General Contractors
Panel Discussion

3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.  The Future of the Auto Glass Industry

3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.   Taking Hard out of Hardware

4:15 p.m - 5:15 p.m. Getting and Keeping Qualified Installers/Education and Motivation

6 p.m. Evening Social Event

Saturday, September 18

8 a.m. - 10 a.m.  Forklift Training for Drivers

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  The Glass of the Future is Now: How to Work with Your Glass Supplier

9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.  Running a Successful Window Film Business

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Hurricane Glazing

11:45 p.m. - 1 p.m.  Proper Windshield Repair Techniques

11:15 a.m. - 12:45 pm.  Advanced Shower Door Techniques

12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.  Auto Glass Installations

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m  Security Glazing

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Proper Mirror Installation

6 p.m. Evening Social Event


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