GANA Mirror Division Meets

The Mirror Division of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) held its annual meeting during Glass Week on Saturday, January 28 at the Marriott Laguna Cliffs Resorts and Spa in Dana Point, California.

The division has grown by ten percent in the last year, with the addition of three new members. There was one resignation (by Valspar) for a total of 24 members.

Chairperson Drew Mayberry gave a brief history of the group's evolution from the National Association of Mirror Manufacturers to a division of GANA. He talked about a number of changes that have occurred in the mirror industry in North America.

Mayberry said that some of the major changes included the expansion of both the primary manufacturers and large stock sheet mirror users into the silvering business. This, coupled with the shift of furniture manufacturing to China and the importation of Chinese mirror imports, has also affected the industry greatly.

"Today, the mirror industry looks very different that in did in 1984," opined Mayberry. "Even though we have contracted in size, we represent a large portion of the remaining mirror manufacturers," he added. Mayberry cited the division's technical work, promotions, and the mirror design competition as its primary achievements.

A decimated domestic mirror industry has led to a decimated division.

"Do we even want to have a trade association?" asked Mayberry.

A lengthy discussion of the future of the division then ensued. Various options ranging from closing down the division to leaving it as is were evaluated. Each of the silvering members will be polled and asked to vote whether or not the division will continue as it is or not.

GANA president Lee Harrison presented Chairperson Mayberry with a plaque to thank him for his years of service to the mirror industry and as chairperson of the division.

Thomas Crawford of Donisi Mirror was elected the new chairperson of the division,

Kim Mann reported about the survey of paint suppliers. He reported that all legal issues have been resolved and that once an outside accounting firm is chosen, the survey can go forward. The survey will attempt to poll the paint manufacturers to provide data that will help the manufacturers evaluate the size of the market.

The group reviewed the progress of its website, In 2005, 25, 448 unique visitors visited the site, which represents a 10 percent increase in traffic over the previous year. The top four pages on the site were:
1. Types of mirrors;
2. Designing with mirrors;
3. Mirror gallery; and
4. GANA Mirror division company listings.

Photo caption: GANA president Lee Harrison hof Walker Glass honors outgoing Mirror Division chair Drew Mayberry of Lenior Mirror Company during Glass Week 2006. Photo courtesy of Brian Pitman.

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