AAMA National Conference Covers Proposed IGMA Merger, Important Business Topics and Committee Work

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March 4, 2019
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Members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association gathered last week in in Palm Springs, California, for the 82nd Annual National Conference, held Feb. 25-28. The four-day event was packed with networking events, keynotes and roundtable discussions, committee work sessions, member awards and new business. Follow @WindowDoorMag and #AAMAConf for live coverage of the event.

The Opening Session began with AAMA members remembering Kim Flanary of Milgard Windows and Doors, a long-time AAMA member. Flanary unexpectedly passed away last November. The event also held a ceremony to name Flanary an honorary member and a 5K Fun Run. Read more about Flanary’s life and impact.

A proposal for the potential AAMA and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance unification will be up for member review in June. During the Opening Session and in two Q&A sessions, Janice Yglesias, AAMA's executive vice president, addressed members and responded to questions regarding the planned structure. “The more we hear from you the better we can develop a plan that addresses the needs of all the members,” she said.

The remaining plan development will begin in March. A final plan will be distributed in early June before the AAMA and IGMA joint summer conference, June 17-20, 2019, in Victoria, British Columbia.

Addressing concerns over product dilution, members, Yglesias and Margaret Webb, executive director, IGMA, are working to determine the time needed to continue the work of both organizations and making sure the core work for each organization is in focus, according to comments made during the conference.

“We’re working to set the combined conference schedules to the work needing to be done at that time,” said Yglesias.

Read more about the proposed combination.

During the Vinyl Material Meeting, Tony Vella of Visons Extrusions Ltd., represented the Environmental Stewardship Committee to address recent misleading information about vinyl materials use. "We need to be proactive to dispel this information," he said. For example, while vinyl is reported as being a singular-use product, AAMA-rated profiles are recycled into new profiles, contributing to circular product supply, Vella noted. 

The committee is working on an Advocacy Proposal Plan to improve the marketing and messaging surrounding vinyl products. During the conference, the committee passed two motions for task groups to address current hot topics: Prop 65 and off-gasing. The task groups will form study groups to detail a roadmap for compiiance and assessment of where AAMA vinyl products stand in terms of these hot topics, noted Kevin Seiling, Veka. 

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