Program Opens Glass Expo Northeast 2009
March 25, 2009
Glass Expo Northeast 2009 opened this morning at the Hyatt
Regency Long Island Wind Watch Hotel & Golf Club, Long Island
(Hauppauge), N.Y. Attendees traveled from all across the northeastern
United States to take part in the event, which includes a seminar
program and a sold-out trade show.
Today's architectural seminar track featured a number of presenters
focusing on timely industry topics.
USGlass columnist and USGNN.com blogger Paul Bieber, who
has 30 years in the glass industry, including nine years with C.R.
Laurence Co. Inc., and 21 years as the executive vice president
of Floral Glass, lead the seminar titled "How A Glass Company
Can Survive In The Tough Economy." Bieber talked about how
to purchase high-quality glass at better rates and receive it quickly.
He also discussed how companies can protect their businesses from
Deb Levy, publisher of USGlass magazine, presented "Made
in China: Competition in the Glass Industry." As Levy explained,
members of the glass industry have long feared that recalls of Chinese
products might be headed toward the architectural glass industry.
This year, it happened; in the last several months two recalls have
been issued for replacement glass that was manufactured in China.
Her seminar explored how to handle recalls such as these.
In addition, Bob Price of J.E. Berkowitz moderated a panel discussion
on the state of the contract glazing industry. Panelists were Mike
Nicklas, J.E. Berkowitz, Tom Minnon and Mark Richard, both with
YKK AP, and Steven Brenner, General Glass International. The session
focused on the ever-changing world of the contract glazier and some
ways that the industry is evolving.
For today's final presentation, Tom Minnon, northern regional sales
manager for YKK AP, talked about hurricane glazing. Points he covered
included what companies need to know before bidding on a project
that requires impact-resistant glazing, as well as impact-resistant
glazing requirements such as applications that mandate these products,
product testing; shop drawings and engineering calculations; and
Following the presentations, the trade show was open to all attendees.
A welcoming cocktail reception, sponsored by the Long Island Glass
Association and USGlass magazine, will take place on the
show floor at 6:30 this evening.
The show floor is open tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seminars
begin tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.
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