Members Hear Status of GANA Merger
The annual meeting of the Insulating Glass Manufacturer's Alliance
(IGMA), taking place this week at the Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego,
included a status report on the potential merger with the Glass
Association of North America (GANA) (CLICK
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IGMA had received responses to a member-wide survey sent out regarding
this proposed merger between the two associations, said executive
director Margaret Webb who listed some of the concerns members expressed
including: maintaining a U.S./Canada balance in the organization
since GANA is primarily made up of U.S. members; maintaining a balance
between residential and commercial insulating glass (IG) manufacturers
since GANA focuses primarily on commercial products; concern that
flat glass manufacturers would dominate the agenda at meetings;
and questions about what would happen to IGMA's surplus funding
at the time of merger.
If the merger is approved, Webb explained, it right now looks as
though IGMA would essentially take over GANA's IG division. To maintain
the Canada/USA balance, the IGMA board of directors would remain
to oversee all activities; the current technical services committee
also would be maintained. The IGMA division of GANA would be strictly
technical and focused on research, Webb stressed; anything educational
or marketing in nature would go to those specific GANA committees--essentially
focusing on those items in which IGMA currently specializes.
"One of the beauties of IGMA is the speed at which you get
things done," commented Ken Brenden of AAMA in broaching concern
of whether that would remain the case. Webb pointed out that's why
the aim is to change the current IGMA structure as little as possible.
To address the funds concern, it was noted that whatever surplus
funds IGMA has at the point of merger will be retained solely for
research, while funding for future research is yet to be finalized.
While IGMA is still working to address the concerns of all members,
the organizations are proceeding in outlining how this potential
merger would be undertaken. Both IGMA's and GANA's board of directors
will review the proposed merger during a closed meeting this Friday.
A two-year timeline has been set, at which point a proposal will
be sent to the IGMA membership to vote on whether to proceed with
"This is really an issue for the membership to decide, which
is why the IGMA board did decide to proceed with proposal to membership,"
As one attendee of today's meeting pointed out, it is a possibility
that, at the end of two years, and after balloting the membership,
the proposal may be denied. But in the meantime, these efforts are
going to continue. Both organizations are working to exchange corporate
information for review by legal counsels to begin with their due
diligence. A joint financial task group will be established to review
One attendee today candidly asked the benefits for merging with
GANA, which Webb listed as a consolidation of advocacy efforts;
consolidation of industry technical expertise; a single membership
fee for those duplicate members; and, perhaps most importantly,
reducing duplicate efforts.
"That to me was one of the most critical factors," commented
GANA technical director Greg Carney, as both he and Webb pointed
to joint efforts between the two organizations over the past several
"There's still a lot of work to be done," Webb commented
today, "but what we want to ensure is that we're going to get
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