GANA Announces 2005 BEC Conference; Bartoe Re-Elected Tempering Division Chair

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has announced the dates and location for its eighth annual Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference. The conference will take place February 20-22, 2005 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Conference and hotel reservations will be made through the GANA office.

In other GANA news, the association's tempering division has re-elected Renald (Ren) Bartoe of Vesuvius McDanel as chairperson. Bartoe was first elected to the position at Glass Week™ 2002, and will continue his next two-year term starting at Glass Week 2004.

"I am both honored and flattered by the division's support in re-electing me as chairperson of the tempering division of GANA," said Bartoe. "We currently have two committees and three subcommittees, addressing issues of importance to the industry. The hard-working members of these committees and their unyielding commitment are the backbone of our division, and I am proud to be associated with them. I look forward to contributing to the progress of those groups and to the tempering division of GANA."

Bartoe has more than 27 years experience in the glass industry. He is involved with GANA's engineering and standards committee, and chairs the roll wave subcommittee. He has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University, and has held sales, technical and management positions with Vesuvius. He presently manages the company's Zyarock® fused silica refractory product line for glass metallurgy and solar energy in the Americas.


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