GANA Announces Joint Glass Week, BEC Conference in 2008

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) announced this week that the 2008 editions of Glass Week and the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference will take place together at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Glass Week will be held February 13-17, 2008, while the BEC Conference will be held afterwards on February 17-19, 2008. A joint reception on the evening of February 17th will be open to all attendees.

"This is a very exciting time for the Glass Association of North America," said Andy Gum, GANA First Vice President. "Our ability to leverage the success and momentum of our BEC Conference by co-locating with Glass Week will provide many benefits not only to our members, but to our entire industry. This 'Super Conference' will allow our attendees to maximize their financial and time investment. We feel that the collaboration of these two great conferences aligns perfectly with the overall needs of our industry."

The GANA Board of Directors considered the benefits of merging the leaders of the flat glass manufacturing and fabrication industries with the leaders in the contract glazing industry under one roof and felt that it would provide a great way to create an exciting synergy. Furthermore, the benefits of having so many customers together at one location offers a cost savings in addition to a strong business benefit.

"Mark your calendars today for February 2008!" said Brad Austin of Viracon, and slated to become the President of GANA during the co-event. "GANA is thrilled to combine the BEC Conference and Glass Week, our two most successful events, together in 2008. As usual, they will focus on the most important topics facing our industry."

Attendees may register for either event, or may register for both with a modest discount. Further details on both events will be released later next year on the GANA website at, as well as the Glass Week website at

"As an industry leading trade association, GANA is committed to providing the highest quality conference at the best possible value to our current and future members," said Austin. "The combination of important meeting topics, impressive guest speakers, industry expert presenters, and the opportunity to socialize with the largest architectural glass, metal, and glazing groups we have ever assembled will make this an event you won't want to miss. I look forward to seeing you!"

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