GlassBuild America Opens Next Week

September 5, 2012
Meetings & Events

With advance registration numbers suggesting a strong turn-out, organizers and exhibitors are making final preparations for GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo. The show, North America's largest trade show targeting the window and door industry, begins its three-day run on Wednesday, September 12, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 As in years' past, equipment and software suppliers are expecting to be busy next week at GlassBuild America.

“We’re very excited about how the show has come together," says Denise Sheehan, VP of industry events for the National Glass Association, the show's organizer (and publisher of Window & Door). "We have a great floor of exhibitors featuring some of the most innovative and advanced products available on the market today.”

Overall GlassBuild will feature more than 340 exhibitors this year.  As of August 20, more than 4,200 industry professionals had registered for the Las Vegas show.  “There’s quite a bit of momentum leading into the show," says Sheehan.  "We’ve been thrilled with the way pre-registration has gone and we’re expecting a very robust and quality show.”

Exhibitors are expressing optimism about next week's event as well.  "We are excited for this year's show as there seems to be more pre-show interest than in the last few years. That should mean a bigger showing as well," says Morgan Donohue of Erdman Automation Corp. "We have been establishing ourselves as a true IG production line supplier and that coupled with the fact that we are going to have the most machines and the biggest booth in our history at 2,400 square feet is adding to the momentum.

"It should be an exciting show," Donohue continues. "There are some new spacer systems on the market and more to come. These technologies make it more compelling to build verses buy your IG. With our new 400 series production equipment. we are making automation more affordable which also plays into the buy verses build decision."

"Excitement is growing for GlassBuild," agrees Matt Kottke of Truth Hardware. "We are hearing from many of our customers as well as a number of significant prospects that they are anxious to attend GlassBuild to see the new products that will be on display." Of particular interest at his company, he reports, is the SafeGard WOCD for the hinged window market. "Additionally, Truth Hardware’s footprint is expanding in the door hardware market as we are seeing a lot of activity with our Sentry Multi-Point Door Hardware and now are expanding out into bi-fold and operable sidelite hardware. Finally, Truth has a new lock and latch combo for the hung window market, he states. "There is a great buzz about all these products."

"FeneTech remains optimistic for this year's Glassbuild show," says Ron Crowl, president and CEO of the supplier of FeneVision software. "We have talked to numerous customers and prospects who are planning to attend and who have made advanced appointments to spend time with us at the show. With excess capacity still dominating the thoughts of nearly every manufacturer we expect great interest in our mobile sales tools–everyone is looking for the selling advantage."

Vinyl extruders and hardware manufacturers will once again be highlighting an array of new products. 

"As a co-sponsor of GlassBuild, AAMA is looking forward to the projected boost in attendance from members of every facet of the window and door industry," says Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. As an exhibitor, AAMA will be promoting its new FenestrationMasters educational and certification program for professionals in the window, door and skylight industry.  Courses cover a wide range of subject matters including performance standards, product and material types and code requirements. Walker urges show attendees to stop by the AAMA booth, noting that the organization will give away one free FenestrationMasters certification exam at the event.

WDDA Event
In addition to the trade show, Las Vegas will also host the Window & Door Dealers Alliance for its third annual forum on September 12.  Advance registration is running ahead of previous years' events, and planners are hoping attendance tops 100 for the first time, says David Walker, WDDA VP. 

"We have an outstanding line-up of speakers, interactive breakout sessions and networking opportunities at this year's WDD Forum," Walker adds. "Several new sponsors have gotten on-board, and attendance is building by the day. I have no doubt the third annual Forum will be our best to date."

More information on next week's event is available from the official GlassBuild website.  In addition,'s online GlassBuild Product Preview features detailed information on window and door industry products, equipment and services to be featured in Las Vegas.