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USGNN Original StoryGANA Gets Ready for Glass Week 2008

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is revving up for Glass Week 2008, to be held February 13-17, 2008, at the Rio in Las Vegas. For more than 20 years Glass Week has been geared toward top manufacturers and fabricators in the glass and metal industry.

In addition, this year's Glass Week will be held in conjunction with the GANA-sponsored Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference. Stay tuned to USGNN.com™ for more information about this event.

The event provides a wealth of networking opportunities for members of the industry. In addition to daily division meetings, Glass Week will host several speakers.

On February 14, Margaret Webb of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance will present information about the performance of insulating glass units as determined by the group's 25-year field correlation study. Later that day, Joseph Ryan of Ferro Corp. will present side one design options.

Colonel Mike Mullane will provide the keynote address, "Countdown to Teamwork," on February 16. Using gripping and sometimes hilarious real-life experiences from his Air Force and NASA careers, and with captivating NASA video, Mullane motivates his audience on the practice of responsibility and accountability, on leadership and trust building, on setting lofty goals and overcoming obstacles to achieve those goals. His success comes from the fact that he uses real and very memorable events from the space program to drive home hard-hitting lessons on teamwork and leadership.

Richard Green, P.E., and Stanley Yee of The Façade Group LLC will address the development of new glass technology for a 300,000-square-foot point-supported glass wall at the new Bangkok international airport. The presentation outlines the process taken to validate the use of heat-strengthened laminated glass for this project.

Jeff Thredgold, CSP, is the keynote speaker for February 17, with a talk titled "Your Money, Your World, Your Family … The Future." Thredgold offers an entertaining, informative and often humorous tour of the United States economy, financial markets, education, employment, competition, government, the global economy, technology and the future. Critical issues facing the industry will also be addressed.

Following Thredgold, Chris Barry of Pilkington North America Inc. will discuss innovative new applications for high transmission, low-iron glass. According to Barry, placing solar/optical control coatings on high visible transmission, low-iron content glass can give unique added performance values to existing glazing products. He will present several unique, new examples for enhancement of visual/optical properties and for improvement of solar control/thermal properties.

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