Volume 38, Issue 7, July 2003

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Make Plans Now to Attend 
Glass Expo Pacific Northwest 2003

by Carrie Toney and David Jenkins

GEPN exhibitors will offer a variety of products. On August 21-22, Glass Expo Pacific Northwest™ 2003 (GEPN) will descend upon Vancouver, British Columbia, for the first time since 1998, bringing together business owners, customer representatives and glass gurus from across the industry. The last time GEPN was in town, the mix of new product unveilings, networking opportunities and educational events attracted more than 1,100 attendees.

Educational and Social Opportunities
Networking opportunities are numerous at GEPN. GEPN will blend business with pleasure. When the doors open at the Park Plaza Vancouver Airport Conference Resort on Thursday, August 21, a welcoming cocktail party will greet attendees, giving them a chance to socialize. Continuing in this vein, Friday will feature a special luncheon during which Jerry Wright, president of AAA Glass and Mirror, will discuss the “Magnitude of Attitude.”

Throughout Thursday and Friday, the trade show floor will be open to attendees, allowing them to peruse the latest product offerings from Advanced Glazing Systems, G. Day Architectural Sales, Pemko Manufacturing, V.B.I. Vinyl-Blend, CPFilms and more.

A variety of seminars will also be held. With topics ranging from nitty-gritty workshop issues (Rust Never Sleeps: Handling Corrosion and Rust in AGR Installations) to managerial business matters (How to Deal With Problem Employees in Your Glass Business) to topics that affect the entire industry (The “NAGS” Perspective), GEPN aims to provide attendees with well-rounded education. 

With loads of exhibitors, activities and seminars, GEPN promises to not only entertain attendees, but also keep them informed about the most current trends and practices in the industry.

Visiting Vancouver
Nestled between the ocean and snow-tipped mountains, Vancouver boasts beautiful natural scenery and a plethora of readily available activities. Lounging on the beach, swimming in the ocean, skiing or hiking are only a few of the ways GEPN attendees can pass the time when away from the exhibition.

Like any great city, Vancouver is a sightseeing treasure trove. Of particular note to GEPN attendees are the glass elevators atop Harbour Centre, which offer a view of the entire city.
The Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology will satisfy museum buffs, and for those seeking a manmade miracle, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is considered a must-see attraction.

GEPN 2003 is co-sponsored by the Glazing Contractors of British Columbia, Washington Glass Association, Window and Door Manufacturers of British Columbia and USGlass, AGRR, Door and Window Maker, SHELTER and Window Film magazines.

For more information on attending GEPN 2003, please contact USGlass magazine by phone at 540/720-5584 or by fax at 540/720-5687. Interested parties can also visit http://www.glass.com/gepn.html, which includes registration forms. 

To make hotel reservations at the Park Plaza Vancouver Airport Conference Resort, call 866/482-8444 and say you’re with Glass Expo Pacific Northwest. 


Carrie Toney and David Jenkins are the marketing assistant and editorial assistant respectfully for USGlass magazine.


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