When initially planning the Win-Door trade show, the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA) wanted to create a place where attendees could go for one-stop shopping.
According to many attendees, the 1998 edition of the show, which was held November 18-20 in the Toronto Congress Centre, accomplished those goals by offering visitors a glance at the materials, products and services used in the manufacturing, handling and servicing of windows, doors and skylights. "It offered everything from equipment to hardware," said Peter Greco of Vinylguard Window and Door Systems of Toronto, CA.
One of the major attractions at the event was the Canadian debut of Edgetechs vertically automated, IG assembly system. The exhibit consisted of an IG assembly line from Willian Design of Hertfordshire, UK and a hot-melt butyl sealant gunning system from Spadix Technologies of Edison, NJ.
Edgetechs offering provided Alex Black of Golden Windows Limited in Kitchener, ON with an opportunity to see something new. "It was a little different than what most people are used to," he said.
Prestik Manufacturing Inc. of Mississauga, ON displayed a vertical washer, super spacer and argon gas filler. The company was pleased with the response its products generated. "It was an excellent show," said Peter Laurence, president of the company.
Bayform of Weston, ON, set up a booth with its warm-spacer thermal edge and the BayGlide patio screen door. The company was very happy with reaction to the BayGlide, which features a corner assembly that moves the rollers to the outer edges of the door frame.
Another highlight of the show was AFGs announcement that its Comfort Ti low-E glass can be tempered. In addition to making this announcement, the company also had a new display of pattern glass and a display of heavy glass. "We got a very positive reaction," said Betsey Pardue, director of corporate marketing. "There were amazing numbers of people."
In addition to machinery and glass, the show offered software options. Soft Tech America, Inc. of Rockwall, TX, displayed the V6 window manufacturing software.
Michael Bricker of Century Glass in Brighton, MI, who made a five hour trip to attend the show, was surprised by the number of options. "There was more to it than I thought there would be," he said.
Another person pleasantly surprised by the show was John Goodison of Barber Glass Industry Inc. of Guelph, ON. "I was very disappointed with the show two years ago," he said. "However, over a two year period there was a pretty significant improvement in the things that were on display. There were more companies and products present and there were people who could answer your questions."
Attendees were also impressed with the organization of the show and its perks, not even noticing the absence of seminars. "The setup was good and the free lunch was very nice," said Dave Woodward of Armwood Windows and Doors in Newton, ON.
The show was held in conjunction with the fall meeting of the CWDMA. The next Win-Door will be held November 17-19, 1998 at the Toronto Congress Centre.
Leslie Shaver is the assistant editor of USGlass magazine.
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