Suppliers Expand Presence at Upcoming GlassBuild

July 21, 2009
Meetings & Events

Several leading window and door industry suppliers have announced plans to expand their presence at GlassBuild America, according to organizers. Describing the increased activity as "a sign that the recession is easing and companies are looking ahead to growth in 2010," National Glass Association officials report that a number of companies have increased the size of their displays while others that initially planned not to participate in this fall’s event in Atlanta have signed on as exhibitors.

“This news is a strong indication that the markets are recovering and firms are refocusing on growth. It is equally heartening that these firms–and the hundreds of other exhibitors registered for this year’s show–place such great importance on GlassBuild America as the premier venue to showcase their products, network with their peers and learn from some of the top experts in the field,” says Phil James, NGA president and CEO.

Urban Machinery, the worldwide supplier of vinyl fabricating machinery for the window and door market, cited anecdotal evidence from customers that indicated a more positive economic outlook and a desire to invest in new machinery as a driver of their decision to significantly expand their booth space.

“We like what we’re starting to see in the marketplace,” says Volker Lamprecht, president and COO of Urban in North America. “We know the road back to economic strength will take some time. But, we see the light at the end of the tunnel. In heading to GlassBuild America, we’re expecting to add to that positive momentum even further for 2010. And GlassBuild America is the right platform to demonstrate our support of our customers and the industry.”

In addition to Urban, GED Integrated Solutions, Truseal Technologies, RiteScreen, Fenetech, Weiss USA, FiberLink, Grove Structural Shims and Dawson Doors are among the firms that have either expanded booth space at GlassBuild America or reversed earlier decisions to not attend, NGA officials note.

“The number of high-quality companies that have committed to the show and the steady pace of outstanding early attendee registrations are very encouraging signs,” says Denise Sheehan, NGA vice president of industry events. "The industry is demonstrating great commitment, our staff is working extremely hard, and given the economy, we’re preparing for what is shaping up to be a very strong show."

The show is scheduled for September 30 through October 2 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Organized by NGA (which also publishes Window & Door), GlassBuild is said to be the largest and most important annual gathering of glass industry professionals in North America. More information about the trade show and seminars is available at www.GlassBuildAmerica.com.