Volume 47, Issue 12 - December 2012


Glass Expo Northeast™ 2013: the Place to be March 7-8
Glass Expo Northeast is returning to Hauppauge, N.Y., March 7-8, and will provide a wide range of informative opportunities. The event will provide educational seminars designed specifically with glass companies in mind; networking opportunities to talk shop with industry suppliers and peers; and of course, the trade show floor which will feature the latest products, services and more.

Glass Expo Northeast will take place at the Hyatt Regency Long Island at Wind Watch Hotel and Golf Club in Hauppauge (Long Island), N.Y. The event is co-sponsored by the Long Island Glass Association, USGlass, Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal and Window Film magazines.

Registration is currently open and pre-registration is encouraged to help attendees save money and avoid long lines on show days. Registration is available online at www.usglassmag.com/gene and closes February 15, 2013.

In addition, members of the Long Island Glass Association and USGlass magazine subscribers who register by February 15, 2013, will receive a free attendee registration (a $79 value) at no charge. This offer is available for all employees of the company. Individuals must be pre-registered to take advantage of this offer; any registration received after February 15 will be considered on-site registration. These discount and complimentary offers are not valid for industry suppliers.

For additional information about attending or exhibiting, visit www.usglassmag.com/gene.

Finishing Forum Brings New Opportunities to Light for Subs
The Finishing Industries Forum, which took place in late October at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, brought together members of the Painters and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperation Initiative (LMCI), the event sponsor, as well as the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), the Finishing Contractors Association (FCA) and employers in the finishing trades from throughout the United States and Canada. Those in attendance discussed challenges the industry is facing in growing market share, as well as generating union job growth within the industries.

One area highlighted throughout the course of the event was the Finishing Solutions Network. While still under development, the goal of the network is to increase market share for IUPAT signatory companies by creating a network of trade contractors that are on call to handle jobs throughout the United States and Canada.

Also as part of the program, Lani Smithson, project executive for Kiewit Building Group Inc., talked about the keys to creating quality construction projects. This, he said, lies in strengthening the relationship between subcontractors and general contractors.

“Relationships are not defined during good times, but during times of stress,” said Smithson, who noted one way to improve working relationships is by keeping the lines of communication open and honest.

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