Volume 34, Number 8, August 1999


When Glass Expo Midwest '99 Rolls Into Town

For an industry that is rocked by change, but usually learns to roll with the punches, glass professionals will be right at home at the sixth annual Glass Expo Midwest ’99 (GEMS), to be held October 22 and 23 at the International Exposition (I-X) Center in Cleveland, OH. In addition to two days of educational seminars, demonstrations and workshops, the event will include a two-day exposition and plenty of opportunities to network and socialize.
And for one evening, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be replaced as a star Cleveland attraction by the Glass and Metal Hall of Fame™. The dinner and induction ceremony will be held at the Cleveland Airport Marriott on Friday evening, October 22, 1999. In fact, the Hall of Fame connection is everywhere—the National Inventors Hall of Fame is approximately 40 minutes away and the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a little more than an hour’s drive.
Now in its sixth year, Glass Expo Midwest is one of the largest industry trade shows in the country. It is co-sponsored by 11 Midwestern state associations, including the Ohio Glass Association, which serves as host for this event. Members of the co-sponsoring organizations receive free admission to the seminars and exposition. The event is managed by Key Communications Inc, publisher of USGlass magazine and AGRR magazine, among others. The company also manages a number of regional expos.

Visit Cleveland
Cleveland attractions offer intrigue and excitement for everyone. From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center to the historic theaters of Playhouse Square, there is plenty to choose from to fill your free time. Sports fans can visit the Gund Arena and Jacobs Field, both located in the heart of downtown Cleveland.
The city offers fun for the whole family as well. Visit the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest, and come face-to-face with more than 600 types of animals.
For a unique blend of food, fun and nightlife, visit the Flats Entertainment District on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. Free transportation from the headquarters hotel to the Waterfront Line subway system will be provided by the headquarters hotel, the Marriott Cleveland Airport Hotel.

Who Should Attend?
Owners and managers of auto and flat glass shops, ornamental and miscellaneous metal companies, glazing subcontractors, architects, specifiers, designers and other glass and metal purchasers should all attend. GEMS is for everyone in your shop—from the customer service rep to the installer. It is the policy of Glass Expo Midwest to provide seminar admission to everyone in the industry—regardless of their ability to pay.

Social Events
Glass Expo Midwest ’99 includes many chances to socialize. In addition to the breaks between sessions, a welcoming cocktail party will be held Friday evening. Also, Palmer Mirro-Mastics will sponsor the breakfast on Saturday morning.

Location and Rates
Glass Expo Midwest ’99 will be held at the I-X Center just minutes from Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland. The Marriott Cleveland Airport will serve as headquarters hotel for the event. It is five minutes from both the airport and the I-X Center and bus service will be available at all three locations.
Room rates are $99 for single or double plus tax per night. You may make your reservations by calling 800-228-9290 before September 30, 1999. Be sure to identify yourself as an attendee of Glass Expo Midwest ’99 to receive the special room rate.

Belt Sander Races
The International Belt Sander Drag Race Association (IBDA) will bring its unique racing style to Glass Expo Midwest ’99. The decorated belt sanders will race down a 30-foot track on an unaltered store-bought sanding belt. To increase speed, the modified division allows competitors to mechanically alter their sander. There is also a class for stock sanders, with no alterations.
Adding to the pageantry of the event are pit crews who will be dressed in “racing” attire. Be sure to join us for this fun event and cheer your favorite belt sander to

Glass and Metal Hall of Fame
The sixth annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and dinner will be held on Friday evening, October 22. Established in 1994, the Glass and Metal Hall of Fame celebrates those professionals who give of their time and talents for the betterment of the industry as a whole. The individuals are selected in appreciation of their professionalism, involvement in civic and business organizations and their contribution to the glass industry. Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in the September issue of USGlass.


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