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USGNN Original StoryIGMA Annual Meeting Marked By Mergers

(From left) Margaret Webb, IGMA executive director; Roger Skluzacek, IGMA president; Ray Wakefield, IGCC president; and John Kent, IGCC administrator, took part in last night's signing of the licensing agreement between IGMA and IGCC.

During last night's reception at the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance's (IGMA) annual meeting at the Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego, IGMA president Roger Skluzacek and Ray Wakefield, president of the Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC), signed the licensing agreement that officially brought the two groups together under a single certification process (CLICK HERE for related story).

"What I'm so impressed with is that we did it so quickly," commented Margaret Webb, IGMA executive director, of last night's signing. "It's a great day."

Under the agreement, IGCC will license the use of the IGMA mark; the certification program will be governed by the IGCC board of governors and will operate under IGCC bylaws. The IGCC/IGMA mark will go on products to label compliance with both IGCC and IGMA.

IGMA bid good-bye and good luck to Bruce Virnelson of PRC DeSoto at last night's reception.

John Kent, IGCC administrator, emphasized that after initial certification, ASTM E2190 testing shall occur annually after the first two years; if no failures occur then testing may occur once every two years at the discretion of the participant.

Along with the news of the harmonization between IGCC and IGMA, another potential merger, between IGMA and the Glass Association of North America, has been under much discussion during this week's meeting (CLICK HERE for related story).

Also at last night's reception, the group bid farewell to Bruce Virnleson, who has been actively involved in the association for some years, including his current stint as chair of the Gas Permeability Working Group. Virnleson is leaving the group as PRC DeSoto is exiting the insulating glass sealants business (CLICK HERE for related story).

IGMA is holding its annual meeting through Friday of this week. Stay tuned to™ for further updates.

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