Volume 38, Issue 4, April 2003

South Bound
The Industry Headed to Atlanta Last Month in 
Search of the Latest and Greatest

by Ellen Giard Chilcoat

For the past several years the demise of the annual NGA show and the inauguration 
of GlassBuild America has been a topic of conversation. The new show was to offer the complete package for the entire glass and fenestration industry. Many were looking forward to it; others were apprehensive. Would it offer all that it promised? 

GlassBuild America, co-sponsored by the National Glass Association, the Glass Association of North America and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, set out to prove itself when it took place March 12-14 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Organizers say approximately 7,000 individuals took part in the event.
GlassBuild America, however, didn’t unfold to be much different than the well-known NGA show. The most profound difference was probably a stronger presence of exhibitors offering products to fenestration manufacturers. (Fenestration products will be covered in the May/June issue of USGlass’s sister publication, Door & Window Maker.) Companies such as Veka, Chelsea Building Products, Ashland Hardware and Truth Hardware all took considerable booth space.

But for a show originally launched for the glass industry, the presence of glass manufacturers was again limited. Last year Pilkington, Visteon and Guardian all had a presence at the Houston show, possibly promoting their then recently launched versions of self-cleaning glass. This year, though, only PPG and Visteon exhibited. Visteon’s presence could very well be attributed to the fact that it had sponsored the show’s keynote speaker, Cal Ripken Jr., formerly of the Baltimore Orioles.

The First Pitch 
The official opening of GlassBuild America was, in fact, quite different than those of past NGA shows. To get the event started, crowds gathered in the convention center lobby, where there were no chairs. Unless you grabbed a seat on one of the few lobby couches, you had to stand. There was no presentation by the associations, nor were any awards presented (normally, two are given out each year: the Maury Award and the Glass Professional of the Year Award).

The opening was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., but didn’t get started until around 9:30. Ripken spoke briefly (only about 15 minutes) about the importance of opening days, and shared a story about one of his “opening days” during his career with the Orioles. And while the name Cal Ripken Jr. may have been a big crowd draw, his speaking abilities have not quite had as many years to develop as his batting aim, as his presentation was very brief.

First-Hand Exhibition
Day one on the exhibit hall may have had some exhibitors skeptical as to how the show would fare overall, as floor traffic was light. On the second two days, however, the crowds picked up considerably.

Ray Adams, vice president of sales and marketing for Coastal Industries Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., was positive about the show.

“Yesterday [Thursday] was great,” he said. It’s been a good show and has already been better than last year’s.”

“Overall traffic was been fairly light,” said Scott Williams of Indalex Aluminum Solutions in Bannockburn, Ill. “But there’s been a lot of people here worth talking to.”

While plenty of new products were unveiled, one area that drew big crowds was the machinery displays. Manufacturers brought recent lines and additions to demonstrate capabilities ranging from insulating to cutting to beveling.

Greg Vance of AFG Insulating in Kingsport, Tenn., was one attendee who got a lot out of the show, especially from a machinery standpoint. 

“The machinery and equipment were great, and several [companies] really stood out, such as Billco, GED and Edgetech,” he said.

Four hundred companies in 1,520 booths exhibited at GlassBuild America. The next three pages offer a sampling of some of what was available.

Education at the Core
When not perusing the exhibit hall for the latest products, attendees could take part in a variety of seminars covering topics ranging from security and safety glazings to specialty glass and architectural glass updates.

The Architectural Glass Technology Update took the form of a panel discussion. Panelists were Don McCann of Viracon; Ted Krantz of PPG; Scott Hoover of Pilkington; and Tim Single of Guardian. The presentation covered a number of topics, including self-cleaning glass and constructing green buildings.

In covering the topic of self-cleaning glass, a discussion arose concerning a need to define “self-cleaning,” as it may be misleading to some.

With low-E glass and the shift at constructing “green” buildings becoming more prominent, the panel agreed that architects aren’t using these types of glass as much as they should.

“Whether you’re a manufacturer of float glass or just a homeowner paying your bills, we all have the low-E products and we’re still not using them,” said PPG’s Ted Krantz. “We all need to do our part to save energy. Somehow we have to educate architects and glaziers on what attractive, energy-efficient products are out there.”

Covering safety and security applications, Solutia’s Julie Schimmelpenningh spoke to a group of about 28 attendees. She explained laminated glass and the applications for which it is suited, such as hurricane-prone areas like South Florida (For more on laminated safety glass, see Schimmelpenningh’s article in the January 2003 USGlass, page 37).

Focusing on the specialty glass market, Wayne Czechowski of Artwork & Architectural Glass moderated a panel discussion that included Richard Balick of General Glass International Corp., Peter Hurd of Sevasa USA, Jim LeBlanc of Craftsman Fabricated Glass, Bill Johnson, an architect with Johnson Studios, Steve Howes with Glasslam and Kris Vockler of ICD High Performance Coatings.

Some of the points emphasized in the presentation included the importance of visiting with architects and designers since they are the end customers, the importance of marketing laminated specialty glass products to architects as well as the numerous artistic ways of using glass and the need to recognize safety standards. 

Design Online
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) introduced a wide selection of products, including its “Storefronts Online” design and glass size program, a web-based program that generates glass sizes from field measurements.

“This easy-to-use program works with most any storefront project using Herculite® type glass doors,” said Brad Murphy, product manager. “It makes it easy to generate and print accurate glass sizes for individual jobs, as well as store them for future use. Storefronts Online allows users to enter a list of components that are going to be used for a particular project and the rough opening dimensions. Visual prompts appear on screen and aid in the selection of correct components for the configuration. The program then calculates final glass sizes and displays detailed information, including handle and closer locations.”

The Storefronts Online program is available to CRL authorized professional designers.
For more information, visit www.crlaurence.com

Taking an Impact
YKK AP of Austell, Ga., had announced recently that its 35H entrance door, which has been tested as an entrance to resist impacts from windborne debris and fierce cyclical winds associated with hurricanes, has undergone a number improvements.

“YKK has worked closely with the manufacturer of our 2-Point and 5-Point locking systems to modify the design and to tighten production tolerances,” said marketing manager Doug Penn. “We have also increased the size of the thumb piece on the thumb turn to ease the operation of the flushbolts. In addition, we have instituted a number of fabrication changes so that every door is carefully inspected and tested to ensure that the locks are functioning properly before they are packaged for shipment.”
For more information, visit www.ykkap.com

First Time’s a Charm
First-time exhibitor Lumicor® of Renton, Wash., offered a decorative acrylic product that, according to Charlie Deane, sales manager, can be used in applications such as shower doors, partitions, countertops, furniture and more.

Lumicor is a combination of acrylic with decorative materials to bring light, texture and color. Available materials include metallics, neutrals, patterns, colorways, embosses, botanicals and woodworks.

“Currently we have more than 95 specification sales representatives selling to the architectural marketplace with no existing fabricator/installation base,” said Deane. “The companies we talked to found great interest in our product designs and would like to work with it.”
For more information, visit www.lumicor.com.

F. Barkow Keeps on Truckin’ 
Milwaukee-based F. Barkow had available its new enclosed 12-foot aluminum and fiberglass body enclosed glass carrier truck.

According to John Weise, president/owner, the new truck has aluminum glass carriers, 144 inches long by 96 inches high, 6-inch ledge boards with rubber cover, full-length eight stakes with Barkleats® and a hardware stake/ladder combination. It is also equipped with Stake-Loc® self-locking stakes, rubber base plate pads every 12 inches, full-height, locking walk-in doors, a heavy-duty aluminum step bumper, ladder holders on the roof and a translucent roof for interior light and wheelhouse pans.
For more information, visit www.barkow.com

From Sea To Shining Sea
PPG Industries of Pittsburgh introduced its line of ocean-colored performance-tinted architectural glasses designed for use with “green” building projects. The four-glass Oceans of Color collection enables architects to design using spectrally selective glass in the most popular colors, resulting in applications that reduce the demand on a building’s light and cooling systems significantly.

The company has given new names to its previous offerings, now called Atlantica, Azuria and Solexia, as well as the new Caribia. 

Patrick J. Kenny, director of flat glass marketing for PPG said he expects the new line to be popular with architects and designers who will be drawn to the glass’s combination of aesthetics and energy-saving characteristics. He also said he knew he’d catch some grief from USGlass columnist Max Perilstein for the name changes, referring to Perilstein’s occasional tirades against glass trade names.

“One of the things architects struggle with is finding the right balance between visible light transmittance and solar heat gain,” said LEED-accredited architect Thomas Gray of Pittsburgh-based architectural firm IKM Inc. “The technology changes so rapidly that it’s hard for us to keep up, but we’re always looking for glazing products that let more natural light in, while making a building more efficient to heat and cool.”

The Oceans of Color glasses provide Light to Solar Gain (LSG) ratios of 1.41 or higher when combined with a clear inboard glass in an insulating glass unit. When the inboard glass is PPG’s Sungate low-E glass or Solarban solar control low-E coated glass, the LSG ratings are improved, reaching as high as 1.73 with low solar heat gain coefficients of 0.30 for many of the combinations.
For more information, visit www.ppg.com

Sprinting to the Finish
Sedwick, Kan.-based Unruh Fab Inc. exhibited its Freightliner Sprinter. The new truck, according to Robin Bonker, national fleet and accessory sales representative, features UFI 10-foot driver and passenger side van racks, is 120 inches long by 86 inches high, uses 5-inch ledge boards and has four stakes per side. 

In addition, it includes a rooftop ladder rack available in either aluminum, steel or stainless steel. Some available options include an interior harp rack, 14-lite capacity and overhead storage bins.
For more information, visit www.unruhfab.com

First-Hand Project Planning from Bystronic
While Bystronic opted to not demonstrate any of its machinery at GlassBuild, it did offer demonstrations of its new interactive planning system. 

The interactive system assists customers in the planning and configuration of production lines using a building-block system. According Marcel Bally, sales and marketing director, glass processing systems division, the system offers quantitative examinations of alternative solutions by simulating the manufacturing process based on real production data. It also offers qualitative evaluations of logistic procedures by 3-D visualization and animation. 
For more information, visit www.bystronicusa.com

Fire Away
Several new fire-rated products are now available from Technical Glass Products (TGP). For starters, the company has added fire-rated hardwood framing and doors to its Fireframes® line.

According to president Jerry Razwick, the new hardwood series offers an alternative to traditional, hollow metal steel frames. The new series, which features an engineered core for dimensional stability and a thick hardwood, has been tested by Warnock Hersey for 20- and 45-minute ratings. The frames are available in a variety of wood species and come in a complete package for easy installation.
For more information, visit www.fireglass.com.

Now U C It
Surface Specialties, part of Smyrna, Ga.-based UCB Group, offered a number of products to produce safety, security and acoustic glazings, such as its UVEKOL® products.

According to marketing manager for Uvecryl Coatings, Wim Vanderghinste, UVEKOL S is a one-component liquid for laminating glass that is cured by low-intensity ultraviolet lights. 

It is certified as an interlayer for hurricane-resistant glass by Miami-Dade County, Fla., and provides impact and cycling performance, optical clarity and optimal acoustical performance properties. 
For more information, visit www.ucb-group.com. 


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