Volume 50, Issue 8 - August 2015

GANA Perspectives

Congratulations Are in Order
GANA Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation with USGlass

by Erin Roberts

In 1965, a new house cost about $21,500. President Lyndon Johnson, after assuming the presidency following John F. Kennedy’s assassination, had recently won his campaign to begin his second term. Civil rights issues continued to come to a head as Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of protestors from Selma to Birmingham, Ala. Bob Dylan released an album featuring the iconic song Like a Rolling Stone, and the first combat troops landed in Vietnam.

It was a time of tumultuous change and yet a time of progress for many facets of society—including the construction industry.

A Look Back

As the construction industry grew and transformed, trade associations and industry resources had to adjust right along with it. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Flat Glass Jobbers Association (a precursor to GANA) developed resources and tools that set the path for years to come. For instance, the FGJAdvisor was introduced in 1951 and was a forerunner of USGlass magazine. The FGJAdvisor was touted as the “Voice of the Independent Glass Distributor” and featured monthly articles covering distribution issues by members of the association. The first Glazing Manual and iconic events such as Glass Metal Institute (GMI) were also established in the mid-1960s.
GMI was an industry staple for eight years, and during that period it trained more than 1,500 students in the basics of estimating glass, metal and labor, as well as project management. And its printed offshoot, the Glazing Manual, continues to undergo updates and serve as a tool to educate architects, engineers, builders, fabricators, installers and the general public about the constantly increasing wonders of glass.

In 2003, USGlass magazine was named the official publication of the Glass Association of North America.

Pushing Forward

Several of the resources developed in the 1960s still remain today. Perhaps one of the longest running is USGlass magazine. This trade magazine has provided insights and analysis on every aspect of the glass and glazing industry for 50 years. From supplier guides to trend updates, business management tools and architectural insights, USGlass has covered it all.

In 2003, USGlass magazine became the official publication of GANA. We’re honored to have our name associated with such an invaluable resource to industry professionals and stakeholders. We’re proud to celebrate a rich history that extends back to such an important time, and we celebrate its ability to adapt and meet the demands of a changing environment. USGlass magazine not only offers a sleek publication each month that highlights important trends, it also provides video reports, social media updates and a daily news brief. All these tools are invaluable for keeping your finger on the pulse of the industry.

So cheers to USGlass magazine! Congratulations on reaching this important milestone, and we hope to celebrate with you again in the next 50 years!

the author

Erin Roberts is the director of marketing and communications for the Glass Association of North America in Topeka, Kan.

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