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USGNN Original StoryGlass Expo Midwest™ ‘07 Opens Today in Grand Rapids

Glass Expo Midwest™ 2007 (GEMS) kicked off today at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel & DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The event is co-sponsored by the Michigan Glass Association, Detroit Glass Dealers Association, Ohio, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin Glass Associations, Illinois Glazing Association, the Association of Glazing Contractors and USGlass magazine.

Chris Holmes of PPG Industries in Stevensville, Mich., opened with a discussion on the role of low-E coatings in energy efficient glazing.

At times when energy prices continue to increase, every opportunity to be more cost efficient can translate into more sales, Holmes said. He offered attendees tips on how to utilize low-E and spectrally selective coated glasses in their projects.

Tom Minnon of YKK AP America explained the distinct differences in where and when storefronts, window walls and curtainwalls should be used and how they should be installed in buildings. He explained what differentiates each type of system and how to specify projects properly.

Paul Duffer, senior research associate with PPG Industries, addressed flat glass surface corrosion. He offered insight on the factors that cause glass corrosion, as well as some of the methods that can be used to alleviate it.

Glass Expo Midwest continues through tomorrow.

Glass Expo Midwest '07 opened with a dedication to Chris Haller of C.A. Haller & Company who passed away earlier this year. Here, Mrs. Haller cuts the opening ribbon with USGlass columnist Lyle Hill of MTH Industries, while two of Haller's granddaughters assist. Tall Tales: Keynote speaker former NBA basketball player and ESPN commentator Tim McCormick regaled the crowds with stories from his playing days. McCormick's presentation equated basketball to business by extolling the audience to "Never Be Average. Attendees chose from 12 seminars in four different tracks today. The event continues with more seminars and the Expo tomorrow.

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