Volume 42, Issue 4 - April 2007

America's Glass Showcase
Preparing to Learn at a True Glass Retailers Show 
By Megan Headley

Manufacturers, fabricators and suppliers for the glass industry are all invited to the Americas’ Glass Showcase™, May 18-19 at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas. The event, sponsored by the Americas Glass Association, offers two full days of industry exhibits, industry-related educational seminars and networking opportunities in downtown Las Vegas, a city that truly never sleeps. The Golden Nugget will play host hotel, and a great backdrop for fun and relaxation, for this event. 

Show Off Your Stuff
Attendees and exhibitors who arrive early will have the opportunity to show off their skills on the golf course during the AGA Golf Classic, Thursday, May 17. Over the next two days, it will be the exhibitors’ turn to show off their stuff in the Cashman Center expo hall. A variety of products will be available including material handling solutions, new glass products for the bathroom and more. Attendees can also become part of the exhibition, by participating in the putty running contest sponsored by Sommer & Maca Industries Inc. The contest will pit glaziers against one another to see who can putty a window the fastest and the neatest. 

Attendees can also expect to find the relative comforts of the office on the show floor, including an Internet lounge, sponsored by Glass.net, open during show hours and refreshment provided by sponsor Mainstreet Software. 

Education Opportunities 
Noted consumer safety advocate Ralph Nader will deliver the keynote address on May 18. The author of the book Unsafe at Any Speed, Nader has been actively involved in automotive safety issues for nearly 40 years. In addition to having helped shape motor vehicle safety laws, he was also instrumental in facilitating the recall of defective motor vehicles over the years. In 2006, a movie biopic of his life titled An Unreasonable Man debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and opened nationwide in February 2007. For the AGA audience, Nader will discuss consumer/glass safety as it relates to both architectural and automotive glass. 

Following the keynote address, attendees can find a range of seminars on topics including frameless shower doors, effective business practices, glazing safety, safety glazing codes, site-built energy concerns, computer systems for designing glass, fire codes and more. For more information on the show or to register, visit www.americasglassassn.org

In the meantime, check out this glimpse of some of the products you can see on the Americas’ Glass Showcase trade show floor. 

Nomads Handle 600-Pound Glass With Ease
Quattrolifts USA, headquartered in the United States in Henderson, Nev., released the Nomad 660 to help glaziers load and unload glass, mirrors and insulating units onto trucks and rolling carts. 

Operated by two or three people, the Nomad has a lifting capacity of 660 pounds, although it can be reconfigured so one person can move units up to 72 inches wide. With attachments, it can rotate glass up to 15 feet long. Its all-terrain wheels allow it to operate on construction sites safely and easily. Subtle up/down and side-to-side adjustments allow large glazed units to be flush glazed into side and top pocket channels. www.quattrolifts.com

Capital Tape Sticks Out New Closed Cell Glazing Tape
The new 5200 Series residential glazing foam from Capital Tape in Cleveland was developed in response to market demand for high peel adhesion and tack to surfaces such as PVC profile, aluminum and wood frames. In response, the company developed a new acrylic adhesive, which offers high grab and quick adhesion after a short dwell time. The product was successfully tested under AAMA 810.1-92, Type I and II and is included in AAMA’s verified components list. www.capitaltape.com

Wood’s Powr-Grip Cleans Up Its Cups 
Wood’s Powr-Grip Co. Inc. in Laurel, Mont., will display its full line of handheld vacuum cups, which feature the company’s original red-line vacuum indicator. Hand cups range in diameter from 3 to 10 inches, in styles for handling either flat or curved glass.

In addition, the company will be cleaning up its product line with its new vacuum cup cleaner cleaning solution. The 2-ounce bottle of liquid cleaner was specifically designed to clean, condition and rejuvenate vacuum pads. The cleaner removes common contamination associated with rubber products, such as glaze (polished, glossy surface), blooming (dusty, white surface) and some adhesives. The cleaner reconditions rubber vacuum pads to improve surface texture, flexibility and grip. www.powrgrip.com

Create a Rainbow with Versalux® Glass 
ACH Glass Operations in Tulsa, Okla., offers 15 shades of its tinted and tinted reflective Versalux architectural glass. According to the company, the pyrolytic reflective coating helps reduce heat gain, blocking solar energy, including UV light transmission.  www.versaluxglass.com

ACI Offers It All
ACI Distribution in Memphis, Tenn., is a wholesale distributor and fabricator of architectural glass, aluminum and mirror. The subsidiary of glass producer Vitro offers a variety of products, including Scargard2 surface protected mirror, Vitro float glass, M-Pact safe glass, Classic line doors and handrails and Crinamex ARG. www.acidistribution.com

Deubl Alpha Door Frames Offer Sleek Look
Reamstown, Pa.-based DORMA’s new Deubl Alpha door frames for glass assemblies nearly disappear to offer architects and designers an exquisite, clean look. Available with single- and double-acting door frames, Deubl Alpha frames can be customized for all door types. The unique frame is assembled individually on-site. Concealed fixings render a smooth look. Maximum door weight ranges from 100 to 143 pounds for a single acting door frame, and up to 176 pounds for a double acting door frame; both come with a standard satin silver anodized finish. www.dorma-usa.com

F. Barkow Trucks In with Sopp Ford
Milwaukee-based F. Barkow will exhibit with Sopp Ford of Los Angeles. The companies will display a 2007 Ford E250 that features a Barkow 610HA rack on the driver’s side and a 607HA rack on the passenger’s side. The companies will also show a 102S stainless roof rack. According to F. Barkow, a discount pricing deal will be offered on the truck and racks package. www.barkow.com 

CRL23 Catalogs Shower Door and Mirror Products
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) introduced the fourth in a series of six Master Catalogs, the “CRL23” Frameless Shower Door and Mirror Hardware Catalog. The 432-page full-color, hard-cover catalog features information on the company’s extensive selection of frameless shower door hardware. Included are 25 styles of frameless shower door hinges for 1⁄4- to ½-inch thick glass, in more than 20 stock finishes and numerous custom finishes. Also included are frameless sliding shower door kits, mirror frames, channels and accessories, pull handles, towel and grab bars, knobs, clamps, headers and U-channels, silicone and installation tools. The “CRL23” catalog can be viewed online or downloaded in pdf format.  www.crlaurence.com

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