Volume 35, Number 9, September 2000

Glass Expo Midwest
Blows into the Windy City

On October 20-21, 2000, Glass Expo Midwest™ will bring education, exhibitions and entertainment to the “Windy City” of Chicago. Running seven years strong, Glass Expo Midwest has brought education to Illinois and its neighboring states for years and continues to provide only the best for the glass, metal and glazing industries. The weekend of education for the industry will include seminars, demonstrations, workshops and an exhibit hall where companies will demonstrate their latest products and services.

 Get Educated

The event kicks off Friday, October 20, with a special Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training program geared specifically to the glass and metal industry. Attendees who participate in the program will receive a 10-hour OSHA certification card. The second half of the program is continued on Saturday when the other seminars begin. Starting with registration at 8 a.m., attendees can watch up-to-date auto glass installation practices, auto glass repair demonstrations and learn about a variety of topics. Seminars include: The New Glasses, Specifying Fire-Rated Glass, Take it Off: Doing the Best Take-off Possible and Understanding the NAGS Flat Glass Numbering System.

Since profit is always a strong motivation, seminars such as Can Anyone Make a Profit in the AGR Business? and Setting up the Perfect Showroom are two sessions not to be missed. Additional educational opportunities on Saturday include Architectural Fenestration Systems: Performance Selection and Verification, Customer Service Strategies for Success, Getting into the Window Film Business, Advanced Mirror Installation Problems and Advanced Shower Door Techniques.

 Join in the Fun

Learning should also be fun and Glass Expo Midwest contains a perfect blend of entertainment and education. It starts with the luncheon sponsored by the Independent Glass Association of Illinois and Glass America on Friday with a special guest speaker, followed later by the evening cocktail party hosted by Gunther Mirror Mastics. These lead up to the seventh annual Glass and Metal Hall of Fame™ dinner and induction ceremony held 7-11 p.m. Friday,
October 20.

New members will be inducted into the Glass & Metal Hall of Fame for their great contributions and service to the industry. Walter Williams of Cardinal Glass and Virgil Taylor, formerly of Reliable Glass, will take their place in the Hall of Fame and be honored for their hard work and dedication to their fields.

Palmer Mirro-Mastics is sponsoring the exhibits café for both show days, where light snacks, soft drinks and other beverages will be available for attendees to enjoy while carrying on conversations with their fellow peers.

 Also Not to be Missed

The excitement comes to a climax Saturday afternoon, when one attendee will be driving away in a brand new truck! Unruh Fab of Sedgewick, Kan., has donated a new 92-inch Sonoma 2000 truck to be designed for either auto or flat glass, depending on the winner’s specifications. Throughout the year 2000, five events were co-sponsored by USGlass and from each one, two adult attendees were selected as finalists. As the show year draws to a close, the remaining two finalists will be chosen at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday for the attendees in Chicago, and at 3:30 p.m., the winner from those ten finalists will be selected.

Glass Expo Midwest is co-sponsored by 11 state associations, USGlass, AGRR and Window Film magazines. Registration is free to members of the sponsoring associations. To register, visit our website at http://www.usglassmag.com and download a registration form.

To reserve a room, call the Radisson Lisle Hotel at 800/333-3333. To register at the low room rate of $99, call by September 30, 2000.

For additional information concerning Glass Expo Midwest, contact USGlass at 540/720-5584.


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