Volume 38, Issue 10, October 2003
Something to Gain
Membership Benefits All Around
by John Dwyer
Are you ready to take your company or professional development to the next level? Do you need to diversify or evaluate new technology? Do you need to broaden your industry “network?” Consider joining the Glass Association of North America (GANA). GANA is the product of a 1994 consolidation of the Flat Glass Marketing, Glass Tempering and Laminators Safety Glass associations.
Its members are glass, window and curtainwall manufacturers, fabricators, distributors and installers.
Building envelope contractors, distributors, flat glass manufacturers, laminators, mirror manufacturers and temperers each have a division within
Membership in GANA puts you in regular contact with glass industry peers, customers and suppliers in an environment that allows for the development of strong, effective working relations. Membership in the association is available to any foreign or domestic corporation, individual or partnership:
• owning or selling equipment;
• purchasing or processing glass direct from the factory;
• manufacturing primary or fabricated glass and metal products for commercial distribution;
• distributing or installing fabricated and/or automotive glass;
• manufacturing materials, supplies or equipment used in the production of fabricated or automotive glass; or
• ancillary professions involving the design, specification, use or testing of glass products.
Meetings are a major member resource, as they provide regular opportunities to share information, ideas and experiences in a business/social atmosphere. Just as important, there is time for members to develop personal relationships that are so essential to effective networking. GANA educational and networking opportunities include:
• Glass Week™;
• Building Envelope Contractors Conference™
• Glass Fabrication: Insulating, Laminating and Tempering Educational Seminar™
• Contract Glazing Educational Conference™
• Fall Conference and
• GANA Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course™.
Timely communication is critical in today’s business environment and Glass Reflections™, GANA’s e-newsletter, and monthly Safety Bulletins serve to keep members informed regarding technical and industry matters. In addition, GANA’s website, www.glasswebsite.com, offers a wealth of information, from technical facts and news briefs to the “members only site,” which archives newsletters, bulletins and working task group activities. GANA maintains technical excellence with a strong staff and the industry’s leading technical publications. Referenced by government, architects, specification writers and the industry, these publications provide solid technical support. They are the:
• GANA Glazing Manual;
• FGMA Sealant Manual;
• GANA Engineering Standards Manual;
• GANA Laminated Glazing Reference Manual;
• GANA Fabrication, Erection and Glazing Hours Manual; and the
• GANA Fully Tempered Heavy Glass Door and Entrance Systems Design Guide.
GANA is a big believer in partnerships. Over the years it has joined with other associations to create the Glazing Industry Code Committee (GICC), in addition to aiding in the development of GlassBuild America™, a trade show that it co-sponsors. GANA also supports industry efforts through active participation in AAMA, the Protective Glazing Council, American Society of Testing Materials, the American National Standards Institute and GICC.
I’ve been an involved member of GANA since joining the glass industry in 1985. The folks whom I’ve had the privilege to meet at GANA events have been invaluable resources to me over these years. I’ve found that any investment of my time has paid dividends many times over.
To learn more about joining GANA, visit www.glasswebsite.com or call 785/271-0208.
John Dwyer of Syracuse Glass Co. Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y., is the president of GANA, which is based in Topeka, Kan.
GANA Mirror Meeting Held in Roanoke, Va.
Members of the Glass Association of North America’ s (GANA) mirror division gathered in Roanoke, Va., August 9-10, at the Wyndham Roanoke Airport hotel for its Fall Meeting. Usually held as part of GANA’s annual Fall Conference, the mirror division chose to meet separately this year. Twenty participants took part in the event.
First on the agenda were committee meetings, beginning with the promotions committee meeting. It was lead by committee chair Randy Brooks of Gardner Glass Products Inc. Under old business matters, the standards promotion subcommittee discussed ASTM C1503, Standard Specification for Silvered Flat Glass, and ways the group can promote the standard. The association will send out samples of case tags, which say the product was manufactured according to ASTM C1503, warranties, contracts and customer letter guidelines. During the website subcommittee meeting that followed, attendees also discussed adding ASTM C1503 to the site.
In addition, company profiles as well as photographs provided by members that illustrate mirror use and applications will also be added to the website (www.mirrorlink.org).
In addition, the subcommittee is going to begin compiling information to add a frequently asked questions section to the site.
Also during the promotions committee meeting, discussions centered on the Handling Mirror document. The group is hoping to get additional mirror manufacturers involved in participating and reviewing the document. The project is currently on hold, however, until the technical committee completes its review of the document.
Under new business, the committee is looking into the possibility of an awards competition. This matter will be further discussed at the division’s next meeting, which will take place during Glass Week in February.
Several new matters were discussed during the technical committee meeting, which was chaired by
mirror division chairperson Drew Mayberry of Lenoir Mirror Co. One topic discussed was the development of Mirror Information Bulletins. These would be much like the Glass Information Bulletins that have been issued by other GANA divisions. The topic of the first bulletin the division issues will be on tips to clean commercial mirrors properly and will target the hotel and motel industry.
The membership/business meeting, chaired by Mayberry, was the final meeting on the agenda. Of the meeting highlights, Ashley Charest, GANA account executive, announced that the division had two new members: ITW Reddi-PAC and Laurier Glass Ltd.
Tom Crawford, nominating committee chair, announced that Ron Brock of Sunshine Mirror, had been nominated to serve as the next mirror division chair, beginning with Glass Week 2004.
The next GANA mirror division meeting will take place during Glass Week 2004, February 7-12 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Updated Glazing Manual Now Available
GANA has announced the release of the 2003 edition of its Glazing Manual.
The manual includes complete information about primary and fabricated glass products, quality standards, design considerations, general and specific glazing guidelines and glazing in hazardous locations.
The new edition will address changes in building code requirements and introduces new technology and performance available in high-performance glass. Also included are sections on seismic glazing recommendations and all-glass, fully tempered doors and entrances.
Dates and Location Set for Glass Fab 2004
Glass Fabrication (Glass Fab) 2004: Insulating, Laminating and Tempering Educational Seminar™ is scheduled to take place March 29-31 at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh.
Sponsored by GANA, Glass Fab is designed to provide an educational venue for those in the industry with fewer than five years experience.
Seminar registration and hotel reservations will be made through GANA.
Info about GANA, visit www.glasswebsite.com or call 785/271-0208.
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