GlassBuild America 2016: Future Focused

Innovations for tomorrow, on display at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo this fall in Las Vegas
By Katy Devlin and Emily Thompson
September 13, 2016
FEATURE ARTICLE | Markets & Trends

In the last decade, the fenestration industry has been defined by its innovations, from the factory floor to the final project. New production technologies and automation solutions, from fully integrated fabrication software to robots, have increased production efficiencies and improved quality. New machinery and equipment have delivered a widening array of solutions to meet design trends. Next generation products, from dynamic glass to ever-advancing low-emissivity coatings, have opened the door to new possibilities for the residential window manufacturer.

These innovations will be on display Oct. 19-21, when GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window and Door Expo returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event is dedicated to educating trade professionals on the evolving trends and advancements in the industry, and to providing a venue for companies to meet with customers and introduce new products.

“It’s sometimes hard to pull yourself away from work, but GlassBuild offers an opportunity for everyone in the industry— from dealers and glaziers to fabricators and manufacturers—to take a quick time-out to see the latest and greatest products and services, touch base with their suppliers and share ideas and challenges with their peers,” says Nicole Harris, president and CEO of the National Glass Association and The Window & Door Dealers Alliance, the organizers of the event. “There is no other event for the glass and metal industries in North America that offers everything GlassBuild does and we’re looking forward to a great show in Vegas.”

As of press time, GlassBuild America 2016 is set to host more than 430 exhibitors displaying their innovative solutions over 150,000 net square feet of exhibit space. NGA officials project that the final exhibitor totals could top 475 by the time of the event. Currently, 75 exhibiting companies are showing for the first time. This year’s event is on track to be larger than the 2015 show in Atlanta, which hosted 420 exhibitors over 141,560 net square feet, and drew more than 7,600 attendees.

“Las Vegas is always a big draw for GlassBuild America, and this year will be no exception,” Harris says. “Earlier this year, we had to add an additional exhibit hall to meet demand from suppliers and things have taken off from there.”

International participation is expected to be strong at this year’s show as well. At press time, 155 international exhibitors will be at GlassBuild America 2016, including 82 from China, 29 from Canada and 20 from Italy. Additional countries represented include Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Window & Door Dealer Days

In addition to exhibits, the 2016 event will feature Express Learning, the 11th annual Glazing Executives Forum, the 2nd annual Window & Door Dealer Days, and The Dream Showroom. The Dream Showroom provides a unique venue for dealers to see, touch and talk about new residential windows, entry doors, patio doors, multi-panel door systems, hardware and technology, according to the WDDA.

THE DREAM SHOWROOM, A MAIN FEATURE OF THE TRADESHOW FLOOR, IS THE FOCAL POINT OF WDDA’S WINDOW & DOOR DEALER DAYS. IT WILL FEATURE RESIDENTIAL WINDOWS, ENTRY DOORS, PATIO DOORS, MULTI-PANEL DOOR SYSTEMS AND HARDWARE DISPLAY IDEAS, PROVIDING WINDOW AND DOOR DEALERS WITH A UNIQUE VENUE TO EXPLORE THE NEWEST PRODUCTS AND SERVICES OFFERED BY THEIR FENESTRATION SUPPLIERS.

“At WDDA, our purpose is to help owners of retail window and door businesses be more profitable by providing them with resources to grow their business," says Harris. "The Dream Showroom is one example of how we bring that purpose to life. We've elevated The Dream Showroom this year so dealers will see the newest products and technologies in an upscale home inspired showroom; they can take the ideas and information they see and apply it to their own business."

Attendees will also have the opportunity to get insight on building their own dream showroom, when former Dealer of the Year award winners gather for a panel discussion on showroom design. Panelists include Cori Brown, Franklin Window & Door; Rick Locke, Windows, Doors & More; and Scott Thurber, Associated Building Supply Inc. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the panelists during the network break following the panel.

In addition to the Dream Showroom, the second annual Window & Door Dealer Days provides a venue for owners and top management of retail window and door businesses to learn about current market conditions and best business practices, meet and network with industry peers and vendors, and connect with the right solutions to help make their businesses more profitable.

The program includes a series of “Solution Sessions,” where industry peers who share similar interests will meet for roundtable, dealers-only sessions. Topics of discussion will include hiring strategies, customer service, sales & marketing, finance and new product trends.

Marcus Sheridan, The Sales Lion, will kick off Window & Door Dealer Days with a keynote address. Jenni Chase, NGA\WDDA's content director, says that his revolutionary strategies and experience growing his pool installation company will resonate with window and door dealers. “Attendees will walk away from his presentation feeling empowered with knowledge and passion to take back to their own businesses," she says.

(Note: See the entire Window & Door Dealer Days schedule. Also see a complete Window & Door Dealer Days User’s Guide.)

Education

To further help industry professionals capitalize on the current trends and innovations in the industry, GlassBuild America is once again hosting an array of education opportunities, including Express Learning.

Now in its third year, Express Learning will take place live on the GlassBuild America tradeshow floor in 2016. These popular TED Talk-style educational sessions will address the business and product trends affecting each of the industry’s unique segments, from glass and metal fabricators, to residential window and door manufacturers and dealers.

Organized by the NGA\WDDA, GlassBuild America is cosponsored by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association; the Glass Association of North America; and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance.