Volume 37, Issue 8, August 2002


Glass Forum 2002: The Maine Event


Glass Forum attendees enjoyed visiting the shows many exhibitors.

For the first time in its history, Glass Forum was held in Portland, Maine, and the successful show was warmly welcomed. Attendees met with various exhibitors June 28 and 29 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay for educational seminars, an exhibition hall full of products and services and enjoyable networking opportunities.

The event was co-sponsored by the Maine Glass Dealers Association, the Glass Association of New Hampshire, the New York State Glass Association and USGlass magazine.

Overall, the event proved a success for everyone involved. “Glass Forum had a very attentive group of attendees,” said speaker Bill Carson. “People were very interested in the material presented in the seminars and asked lots of questions in an effort to better their businesses.”

Attendees had the opportunity to walk the tradeshow floor where companies such as E-Skylight.com of Waterboro, Maine, and C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. of Los Angeles displayed their products. They also attended a number of educational presentations such as “Discussion on Painted and Anodized Aluminum Finishing” by Scott Spaid, regional sales representative of Linetec and “Safety in the Glass Industry,” led by Bill Carson, executive director of the Southeast Glass Association and president of Mancon LLP. 

Awards were also provided by the associations to members who had demonstrated outstanding dedication to the industry. Tom Parsons of Interstate Glass in Somersworth, N.H., and Mike Beliveau, owner of Contract Glazing Corp. in Manchester, N.H., received the Lifetime Membership Award for their many years of service.

Parsons was honored a second time with a service award for having served as the president of the Glass Association of New Hampshire.

Social events took place throughout the show as well. Friday evening’s entertainment was held aboard the Casablanca cruise ship (re-christened the S.S. Sigco in honor of the evening’s sponsor). 
Glass Forum is tentatively scheduled to take place in early 2004 in Manchester, N. H., at the Center of New Hampshire.

GANA Announces Plans for 2002 Fall Conference
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has announced the tentative schedule for its 2002 Fall Conference, set to take place September 28-October 1 in New Orleans at the Omni Royal Orleans.

Meetings composing the program include those of the mirror, laminating and tempering divisions. A general session is also slated to take place that is tentatively set to include a new products and technology session, as well as speakers discussing glass, electronics and energy efficiency and marketing. 

In addition, GANA has also organized a number of social activities for the conference. A welcome reception, a golf tournament and a tour of the city’s Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery will be offered as well.

GANA has announced its 2003 Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Project Managers Educational Seminar will take place May 15-17, 2003. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
The program will begin with an afternoon tour on Thursday, May 15, of an area plant. The following two days will be filled with educational seminars, brainstorming sessions and networking opportunities.

Conference and hotel reservations can be made through the GANA office.

PGC Reschedule Seminars, Launches New Website
The Protective Glazing Council’s (PGC) Educational Seminar and Trade Show originally scheduled for June 12 at the GSA Building in Washington, D.C., has been rescheduled for November 21-22. The PGC board of directors made the decision based on heightened security concerns at government buildings and conflicts with other protective glazing industry activities.
In other PGC news, the group’s redesigned and enhanced website debuted on May 28, at www.protectiveglazing.org. This website features a members-only section, postings of all PGC meetings and activities, membership information and online application, a discussion forum for members, access to reference documents explaining protective, security glazing, blast-and wind-resistance standards, free software for determining protective and security glazing needs, member company profiles and product lines and links to a multitude of government and private organizations and companies relevant to protective glazing. 


September 13-14, 2002

Glass Expo West ’02
Sponsored by the California Glass Association (CGA).
Long Beach Convention Center.
Long Beach, Calif.
Contact: CGA at 530/642-0992.

September 17-19, 2002
Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) Management Conference
Sponsored by the AEC.
Hilton O’Hare Airport Hotel.
Chicago, Ill.
Contact: AEC at 847/526-2010.

September 27-29, 2002
Kitchen & Bath West Conference
Sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association and Kitchen and Bath Business (KBB).
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Contact: KBB at 312/583-5607.

September 28-October 1, 2002
Glass Association of North America (GANA) 2002 Fall Conference
Sponsored by GANA.
Omni Royal Orleans.
New Orleans, La.
Contact: GANA at 785/271-0208.

September 29-30, 2002
Codes Expo 2002
Sponsored by Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI).
Fort Worth, Texas.
Contact: BOCA at 800/214-4321
October 1-4, 2002
54th Pacific Coast Regional American Ceramic Society (ACS) Basic Science Division Meeting
Sponsored by ACS.
Seattle, Wash.
Contact: ACS at 614/890-4700.

October 4-5, 2002
Glass TEXpo™ ’02
Co-sponsored by the Texas Glass Association and USGlass magazine.
Hotel Intercontinental.
Dallas, Texas
Contact: USGlass at 540/720-5584.

October 15, 2002
AIA Las Vegas Product Show 2002
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Las Vegas Chapter.
Riviera Hotel, Royal Pavilion.
Las Vegas, Nev.
Contact: Randy Lavigne at 

October 16-18, 2002
ACS Refractory Ceramics
Sponsored by ACS.
Radisson Hotel Green Tree.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Contact: ACS at 614/890-4700.

October 22-24, 2002
AEC Safety/Human Resources Seminar
Sponsored by AEC.
Hilton O’Hare Airport Hotel.
Chicago, Ill.
Contact: AEC at 847/526-2010. 

October 27-30, 2002
AAMA National Fall Meeting
Sponsored by AAMA.
Hyatt Regency – Las Vegas.
Henderson, Nev.
Contact: AAMA at 847/303-5664.

November 1-2, 2002
Glass Show 2002
Tri-Sponsored by the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Glass Dealers Associations.
Atlantic City Convention Center.
Atlantic City, N.J.
Contact: Offinger Management at 740/452-4541.

November 7-8, 2002
Glass Expo Midwest ’02
Co-sponsored by nine Midwest states and USGlass magazine.
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.
Indianapolis, Ind.
Contact: USGlass magazine at 540/720-5584.

November 20-22, 2002
WinDoor North America 2002 
Sponsored by CWDMA.
Metro Toronto Convention Center, South Hall.
Toronto, Ontario.
Contact: CWDMA at 613/233-9804.

January 18-23, 2003
Glass Week 2003
Co-Sponsored by
Marriott Laguana Cliffs Resort.
Dana Point, Calif.
Contact: GANA at 785/271-0208.

January 23-25, 2003
International Window Film Conference and Expo
Adams Mark San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. 
Contact: USGlass magazine at 540/720-5584.

February 13-15, 2003
Glass Expo Hawaii™ ’02
Sponsored by USGlass magazine.
Outrigger Wailea Resort.
Maui, Hawaii.
Contact: USGlass at 



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