TEXpo™ 06 Wraps Up
With seminars drawn to a close and booths packed up, many Glass
TEXpo '06 attendees left San Antonio with a better understanding
of the glass industry and a stronger commitment to their state association.
These two messages were important throughout the show, which ran
from April 7-8.
The event, co-sponsored by the Texas Glass Association USGlass
magazine, was held in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in
Following two full mornings of seminars on architectural, automotive
glass and management tracks, the tradeshow ran with steady traffic
"We've had a good show," said Eric Hermann, chief financial officer
of Friedman Corp. TEXpo attendees had a chance to preview demos
of the exhibitor's quote management information systems (QMIS) software
for dealers, subcontractors and material suppliers. The software
is designed to manage the sales process from quotation to final
invoice. David King, with sales for Texas Tempered Glass Inc. of
Houston, said that he'd received several quality leads at the expo.
"We got some real good responses," said King. "We were very pleased."
The company was offering information on its new laminated hurricane
glass in thicknesses of 5/16-, 7/16- and 9/16-inch. Displays in
the booth showed off the decorative options for the product.
Steve Coyle with Performance Achievement Group drew large crowds
to the auto glass replacement demonstrations that took place on
both days. Using cars and windshields donated by Pilkington, tools
supplied by Equalizer and AEGIS and adhesives from Shat-R-Proof,
Coyle demonstrated best practices for a well installed windshield.
Jay Burman with Craftsman also drew a large crowd with his seminar
on the show floor on heavy glass shower doors.
As the trade show wound down on Friday, TGA president Jerry Wright
of AAA Glass welcomed attendees with his comments on the importance
of participation in the associations. Following his address, Jerry
Bissey of PPG, took the podium to recognize Bob Lawrence, president
of Craftsman Fabricated Glass, for his contributions to the relief
efforts following Hurricane Rita. Lawrence had used the company's
trucks to transport and distribute goods such as generators to victims
of the hurricane.
HERE to read Bob Lawrence's account of the relief efforts
following Hurricane Rita.
HERE to read Vickie Stewart's response to Lawrence's relief
"There were several hundred families that were helped during this
time," said Bissey. Also recognized was Donald Day of Texas Glass
and Tinting in Victoria, Texas. The association's Lou Green Award,
which honors an outstanding professional in the glass industry,
was accepted on his behalf.
Attendees found not only answers to their questions about new products,
but also some fun from door prizes sponsored by Palmer Mirro-Mastics,
Arch Aluminum and Glass, Equalizer Industries and GTS Services to
Friday's Casino Night hosted by the TGA. Craftsman Fabricated Glass
sponsored Friday evening's cocktail party.
Glass TEXpo '08 will return to the Henry B. Gonzales Convention
Center in San Antonio.