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USGNN Original Announces Retailer Website Winners™ is pleased to announce the winners of the First Annual Glass Industry Website Competition, in the retailer category.

In first place is magazine spoke with Trent Hellenbrand, co-owner of Hellenbrand Glass LLC in Waunakee, Wis., about this recognition.

According to Hellenbrand, the site was developed with the goal of getting information to current customers and attracting new customers.

"We were looking to have a website that was easy to go through and attain the information quickly and easily," Hellenbrand says.

In second place is spoke with Thad C. Ziegler, operations officer for Thad Ziegler Glass in San Antonio, about this recognition.

Ziegler says, "We wanted a site that was pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate through without having to click too many times and filled with as much information as possible. We avoided animation or any other 'fluff' that would make the pages difficult to download."

In third place is spoke with Carole George, customer consultant for Anchor Ventana in Round Rock, Texas, about this recognition.

When asked what the biggest priority was in designing the site, George responded, "Our biggest priority was to educate the customer and to drive them to visit one of our showrooms."

In May,™ readers were asked to nominate the best industry sites on the web for the First Annual Glass Industry Website Competition. Sites were ranked by our judges based on the six criterion used by the Webby Awards, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet: content; structure and navigation; visual design; functionality; interactivity; and overall experience.

Look for interviews with each winner, the website features that stood out for our judges and the 11th Annual Guide to Industry Websites in the July issue of USGlass.

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