Volume 40,   Issue 12                      December  2005


Glass Industry Drawn to Midwest for Regional Expo

Glass Expo Midwest ‘05, a regional event for the auto and flat glass and metal industry, was filled with educational seminars, demonstrations, social events and exhibits. Attendees from Ohio and beyond headed to the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, on November 17 to 18, to hear the latest about products and news from the industry. 

The event was co-sponsored by the Ohio Glass Association; the Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Glass Associations; the Association of Glazing Contractors; and USGlass magazine. 

“We were extremely pleased to see attendees from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Western New York, along with Ohio, keeping Glass Expo Midwest a truly regional show,” said USGlass magazine’s events promotion manager Hayley Steele. 

On the exhibit hall floor, more than 30 companies displayed their products for regional visitors. “I do like [attending] something that’s in the area, and Columbus was very convenient,” said Louis Caporaletti with Techline America in Stow, Ohio. 

Caporaletti added that he found the show useful as he generated business leads during the expo. “I liked the show,” he said.

In addition to opportunities for conducting business, attendees were treated to a cocktail party on the show’s opening evening. Door prizes, generously donated by Crystal Glass Ltd. and Basco, were announced during both days. 

In addition, during the show the winners of USGlass magazine’s 2004 marketing awards were announced. Winners included: 
• Diamon-Fusion International for best new look;
• Technical Glass Products for best website;
• Technical Glass Products for best alternative media;
• Tremco Inc. Commercial Sealants for best product campaign; and
• Pilkington North America for best exhibition booth.
Two honorable mentions were awarded to: 
• Diamon-Fusion International for best integrated company/identification campaign and 
• Pilkington North America for best new product campaign.

In addition to networking on the floor, attendees were able to pick up information at seminars offered in auto glass, architectural glass and management tracks. 
Architectural glass seminars included topics such as Glass 101, presented by Ronald Spellich, senior architectural specialist for Oldcastle Glass; Blast Mitigation, by Doug Penn, marketing manager for YKK America; Fire-Rated Glazing, by Jim Gildea of Vetrotech Saint-Gobain; What’s Next for the State of Contract Glazing Business, moderated by Lyle Hill, president of MTH Industries; and Estimating and Understanding the Cost of Doing Business, by Lyle Hill. 

A special session for Ohio glass shops addressed legislation introduced by the Ohio Glass Association that will require every architectural and auto glass company be licensed in the state. In addition, Paul Daniels, the vice president of sales for C. R. Laurence, brought a seminar to the show floor on the last day that explained proper techniques for shower door installation.

“I enjoyed the seminars; they were useful,” said Gary Casey of Warren Glass and Paint in Warren, Ohio. He added that he hopes there will be more advanced seminars at upcoming shows. 
Next year, Glass Expo Midwest will be held in Chicago. Dates have not yet been announced.

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