Volume 44, Issue 5 - May 2009

Reviews & Previews

Glass Expo Northeast™ Wraps Up in N.Y.

Attendees traveled from all across the northeastern United States to take part in Glass Expo Northeast™ in March at the Hyatt Regency Long Island Wind Watch Hotel & Golf Club on Long Island (Hauppauge), N.Y. The event, sponsored by the Long Island Glass Association and USGlass magazine, included a seminar program and a sold-out trade show. 

Onsite registration doubled the packed show’s expected attendance, and exhibitors rose to the occasion. Representatives from Elmont Glass shared information about the company’s new switchable glass product, including stories about a project where the glass is being used—the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The “Quackerjack” duck lured attendees into Twin Pane Insulated Glass Co.’s booth, where the company presented photo ops with its mascot as well as a sampling of insulating glass, flat glass, mirror and related products. Representatives of General Glass International (GGI) were on-hand to discuss the company’s brand-new offering, digital ceramic frit painting on glass. Attendees also enjoyed a cocktail reception on the show floor that spurred networking opportunities. 

During the architectural seminar track, Nestor Torres, national architectural manager for PPG Performance Glazings, spoke with attendees about how the use of low-E coatings can provide added value for customers. USGlass columnist Paul Bieber (see page 12) led a seminar about how to purchase high-quality glass at better rates and receive it quickly. Tom Minnon, northern regional sales manager for YKK AP, covered the information companies need to know before bidding on a project that requires impact-resistant glazing, as well as impact-resistant glazing requirements. Bob Price of J.E. Berkowitz moderated a panel discussion on the state of the contract glazing industry. Panelists Mike Nicklas of J.E. Berkowitz, Minnon, Mark Richard, also with YKK AP, and Steven Brenner of GGI focused on the ever-changing world of the contract glazier and some ways that the industry is evolving.

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