Volume 40,   Issue 3                             March  2005

GANAPerspectives

Making a Connection
   
GANA Expands Website Offerings with New Sections

by Brian Pitman

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) debuted a new section of its website called “Tech Center” in December at www.glasswebsite.com. This new section provides a one-stop shop for those wanting quick access to GANA’s technical information, including free downloadable informational bulletins on topics ranging from the proper methods of cleaning architectural glass products to the new flat glass industry specifications document. Visitors can also download other documents such as the newly-revamped versions of Mirrors: Handle with Extreme Care and the Specifiers Guide to Architectural Glass. These documents have all been downloaded thousands of times since they first appeared on the site, and spreading their information throughout the industry is one way GANA provides a technical voice in the architectural glass community.

The new section was created as a direct result of feedback from users of the website. It is also one in a series of new features found on www.glasswebsite.com, as well as other GANA-run websites. 

New Additions 
With most of GANA’s six divisions working on website material, numerous additions are in the queue. Another new site feature that is already in place is a new video on the float glass process filmed and produced by the flat glass manufacturing division (FGMD) of GANA. The video is only the first phase of a multi-tiered plan by the FGMD to educate the industry with information coming from North America’s largest producers of flat glass. Other new features from the tempering and laminating divisions of GANA are expected to be added to the website this year.

For Consumers and Others
The mirror division of GANA manages its own separate website, found at www.mirrorlink.org. The site is geared toward consumers and designers looking to utilize mirrors in the home or commercial project. The site began two years ago, and this past year sponsored the Mirrorlink.org Design Awards competition, in which top designers entered projects from around the United States. The winning designs were recognized at Glass Week 2005 in Orlando, Fla., in early February. (See the February 2004 USGlass page 10 for related article.)

Job Search Site
In addition to the new features at www.glasswebsite.com, GANA is introducing a new website aimed at matching those seeking employment in the glass industry with employers. The site, found at www.glassjobsearch.com, features job listings as well as resume searches and company profiles for prospective employers. Posting job listings and resumes is fee-based with competitive rates. GANA members receive a discount on posting job listings. By providing a simple, intuitive job interface, GANA will provide one of only a few glass-based job websites not outsourced to other industries. Keeping glass workers in the glass industry is a focus for the association.

With a full slate of web-based activities planned, GANA invites all in the industry to visit its websites. For even more information and resources, we encourage you to join GANA and gain access to the members only website sections.  

The Author:
Brian Pitman is the marketing and communications manager for the Glass Association of North America based in Topeka, Kan.


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