Volume 47, Issue 3 - March 2012


Gearing Up for Glass TEXpo™


Glass TEXpo 2012, also known as the “Best Little Glass Expo in Texas,” will be held April 12-13 in San Antonio at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel.

The event will begin on Thursday, April 12, with a welcome and economic update by Jerry Wright, president of the Texas Glass Association and AAA Glass & Mirror Co., along with Debra Levy, publisher of USGlass magazine.

Rodney Wellborn of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope will follow with a session titled “Impact-Resistant Glazing Systems,” during which he’ll review how the International Building Code (IBC) regulates impact-prone regions and what must be considered.

A session titled “San Antonio Going Solar: Dynamic Glazing” will be offered by Jeremy Kaeding of SAGE Electrochromics. Kaeding will address the benefits and challenges of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

Next, Bernard Lax of Pulp Studio Inc. will lead a decorative glass forum, during which attendees will discuss innovative uses of decorative glass, tips and techniques.

After a lunchtime break, attendees will reconvene for a lesson in upgrading their businesses by Doug Burns of Don Young Co. Inc.

Prior to the trade show opening at 3 p.m., Dick Beuke of PPG Industries will offer a keynote address on the state of the industry.

The second day of the event will began with a special roll-up-your-sleeves session on social media, also offered by Levy. She will discuss the use of Facebook, Twitter, Groupon and other social media in the glass industry.

The Texas Glass Association, which is co-sponsoring the event with USGlass magazine, will hold its annual awards breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

“Energy Codes 411” by Felix Lopez of the State Energy Conservation Office will follow. Lopez will discuss energy codes in the state of Texas and how they pertain to commercial windows, residential windows and issues of enforcement.

Lyle Hill of Keytech North America will wrap up the day’s sessions with a seminar titled “Doing a Proper Break-Even Analysis.”

In addition, the Glass TEXpo show floor will be open on Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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