Volume 43, Issue 5 - May 2008

Reviews & Previews           

Glass TEXpo™ and Texas Economy Hold Strong 

One common topic during the Texas Glass Association’s (TGA) annual Glass TEXpo™, held in San Antonio in April, was the recession—or lack thereof in Texas so far.

“We’ve got a real strong diversification down here in the state of Texas,” says Virginia Lee, executive director of the TGA. “Construction is still very strong. We have a lot of companies that have work booked out through 2009, so yes, we normally don’t get the recession quickly as it hits up North. We’re not recession-proof by any stretch of the imagination. I’m sure it will trickle down.”

But with construction still strong in this region, exhibitors found attendees interested in acquiring new products for their businesses. Also during the show the TGA honored Dave Helterbran of Helterbran Associates with its annual Lou Green Glass Professional of the Year Award.

“[Helterbran] has been a huge supporter of the TGA and has served as chairperson of our golf tournament for several years,” says Lee. “He is very well-liked within our community and represents a lot of major manufacturers to glaziers in Texas.” 


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