|GANA Spring Supplement
An Introduction to GANA
Founded in 1994, the Glass Association of North America (GANA) is the convergence of three glass and glazing industry decades-old associations: the Flat Glass Marketing Association (FGMA), Glass Tempering Association (GTA) and the Laminators Safety Glass Association (LSGA). The original structure of GANA consisted of three divisions, with each division having equal representation on the association’s board of directors. Today GANA includes seven divisions: building envelope contractors (BEC), decorative, flat glass manufacturing, insulating, laminating, mirror and
Meeting Member Needs
GANA has a large arsenal of tools to address the different needs of each division. One of the most visible tools is its group of targeted and highly successful meetings, conferences and seminars. Meetings are an important resource for GANA members, and provide significant opportunities for attendees to pool and share technical resources and information, ideas and experiences with peers, customers and suppliers. GANA conducts several industry meetings and educational seminars each year for specific segments of the
Industry executive management and technical leaders gather in the first quarter of the year for Glass Week™, an annual event that passed its 21st anniversary this year. Glass Week features committee meetings to target and solve issues facing the industry, as well as the development of standards, test methods and other technical documents designed to help better the glass and glazing industry. Industry-related forums and executive-level informational presentations and roundtables, as well as networking and social opportunities enhance the opportunities available to attendees.
The BEC division hosts the annual BEC Conference™, the industry’s leading opportunity for glazing contractors, window and curtainwall erectors and their suppliers to gather and address industry issues. Growing from only a handful of attendees at its first meeting to more than 500 in 2007, the BEC Conference has become one of the top events for the entire glass and glazing industry.
Later in the spring, GANA hosts the annual Glass Fabrication Educational Seminar™, which focuses on in-depth training for fabricators, and features sessions on glass insulating, laminating and tempering fabrication procedures. GANA also hosts the Contract Glazing Educational Conference™ with technical presentations and forum discussions for project managers, sales and estimators. The annual GANA Fall Conference concludes the year by providing more intense committee work, industry presentations and networking. This event is held in conjunction with GlassBuild America, which is co-sponsored by
While each division includes several committees that address subjects of specific concern to its members, the individual technical committees are responsible for the association’s major publications. GANA publishes a number of technical manuals and free downloadable informational bulletins, with the Glazing Manual, Sealant Manual, Engineering Standards Manual and the Laminated Glazing Reference Manual as the most referenced and extensively used by the industry, government, architects and specification writers. The technical committees make a concerted effort to see that association technical manuals and information address the current needs of the
In addition to its technical committee work, GANA members and staff actively represent the industry in the development of industry codes and standards, and also serve as liaisons to other fenestration-related organizations including the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Glazing Industry Code Committee (GICC), Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA), National Glass Association (NGA) and Protective Glazing Council (PGC). GANA’s general counsel monitors the activities of Congress and those federal regulatory agencies that impact the association’s members or the industry. The general counsel also regularly attends association meetings and monitors its activities and publications to ensure strict compliance with current laws and regulations, particularly anti-trust
Communication is Key
Timely communication is essential in today’s business environment, and the association’s website (www.glasswebsite.com), newsletter (Glass Reflections), Special Bulletins (issued on an as-needed basis) and monthly Safety Bulletins all serve to keep members and the entire industry informed regarding technical, people and environmental issues that are a part of the day-to-day operations of a glass and glazing business. In addition, USGlass magazine has served as GANA’s official publication since September 2003. USGlass has the largest circulation of any glass trade magazine and provides the industry with news articles and features on topics that matter in an unbiased
GANA is committed to helping members develop the management and technical skills needed to remain competitive in a continually changing business environment, while maintaining the flexibility to respond promptly to matters of importance to members and the industry. To learn more about how you can take a bigger leadership role in the industry, visit us on the web at
GANA Committees, Subcommittees and Task Groups
Each division of GANA is encouraged to address technical, marketing, membership and/or division issues relating to their specific areas of expertise through the formation of committees and related subcommittees and task groups. The following is a summary of the current divisional
Building Envelope Contractors Division
BEC technical committee; chairperson: Henry Taylor, Kawneer Company
The technical committee for the BEC division has identified the following objectives for future committee
• Developing informational bulletins relating to shop drawings;
• Updating the GANA Glazing Manual and Sealant Manual; and
• Updating the GANA Fabrication, Erection and Glazing Hours Manual
Decorative division marketing committee; chairperson: Scott Surma,
This committee has identified the following projects:
• Creating an online survey regarding decorative glass and its uses;
• Initiating a research project based on the survey information;
• Creating a photo gallery;
• Developing a marketing one-sheet;
• Creating a presentation on decorative glass for AIA accreditation;
• Launching a design awards program.
Decorative division membership committee; chairperson: BJ Katz, Meltdown Glass &
The membership committee of the decorative division is responsible for the identification, recruitment and maintenance of all eligible members. The committee will be working on the creation of its scope and objectives, along with developing a decorative division-specific membership
Decorative division technical committee; chairperson: Greg Thompson, Indiana Art
The committee has identified the following task groups to prepare working materials to
• Printing on glass task group;
• Types of decorative glass task group;
• Product color and durability task group; and
• Product handling and cleaning task group.
Laminating division marketing committee; chairperson: Valerie Block,
The marketing committee is working to finalize a video on laminated glass production. Once this video is completed, the committee will focus its efforts on creating an AIA-approved presentation on laminated
Laminating division technical committee; chairperson: Dan Laporte, Solutia
The technical committee has provided numerous technical resources to the fenestration industry including the GANA Laminated Glazing Reference Manual (2006 edition). The committee also serves as a primary source for the development and maintenance of industry standards and specifications related to laminated glazing material fabrication, testing and application. Current subcommittee and task group efforts
Laminated division educational subcommittee; chairperson: Dan Laporte, Solutia
The educational subcommittee provides program planning for the laminating sessions during the annual GANA Glass Fabrication educational seminars.
Laminated division ball drop task group; chairperson: Julie Schimmelpenningh, Solutia
This task group developed the Standard Test Method for Ball Drop Impact of Laminated Architectural Flat Glass and is currently working to create a specification to evaluate the impact performance of laminated flat
Laminated division glass flooring task group; chairperson: John Bush, Oldcastle
The glass flooring task group has developed a Glass Informational Bulletin on glass flooring and stairs, which will be balloted by the division membership and approved by the GANA board of directors prior to
Laminated Glazing Reference Manual task group; chairperson: Julie Schimmelpenningh, Solutia
The Laminated Glazing Reference Manual task group works to compile and develop materials to update the manual for release every two
Laminated division edge alignment task group; chairperson: Peter Anderson, Apogee
The edge alignment task group is developing potential revisions to ASTM standards C 1172 and C 1349 to address the issues of mismatch or edge alignment in laminated glazing materials.
Insulating division marketing committee; chairperson: Tracy Rogers, Edgetech
The committee’s current projects include:
• Creating an AIA approved program on insulating glass;
• Developing a white paper on green building;
• Publishing a division-specific membership brochure; and
• Filming a video describing insulating glass construction and
Insulating division technical committee; chairperson: Tim Moore, Arch Aluminum & Glass Company
The committee has task groups currently working on the following
• Publishing a document that describes insulating glass constructions;
• Publishing a document on edge seals and sightlines for commercial insulating glass units;
• Publishing a document on gas-filled insulating glass units.
Flat Glass Manufacturing Division (FGMD)
FGMD education committee; liaison: Steve Farrar, Guardian Industries
The education committee is responsible for the creation of generic float glass educational presentations, articles and other materials. Future projects
• Developing an AIA-accredited presentation on coated glass; and
• Developing an online presentation from the original Glass In Today’s Architecture
FGMD environmental committee; liaison: Mike Turnbull, Guardian Industries
The environmental committee overseas the development of codes and regulations that could impact the division’s members and the glass industry at
FGMD technical committee; chairperson: Mitch Edwards, Guardian Industries Corp.
The technical committee is focused on the development of technical information resources for the industry. The committee is currently working on a Glass Informational Bulletin on the Weight Range for Architectural Flat Glass.
FGMD website committee; liaison: Scott Hoover, Pilkington North America
The website committee is focused on the creation and continued development of the division’s presence on
Tempering division marketing committee; chairperson: Sarah Porter, All Weather
The committee is working to finalize a presentation on tempered glass that will be submitted to AIA for approval as an accredited
Tempering division membership committee; chairperson: Ren Bartoe, Vesuvius
The membership committee is responsible for the identification, recruitment and maintenance of all eligible members. The committee will be working to establish a more formal structure for membership recruitment that will include a “buddy” system for events.
Tempering division standards and engineering committee; chairperson: Chuck Wencl, Apogee
The tempering division’s standards and engineering committee has a long history of providing technical reference materials relating to the design, fabrication and use of heat-treated glass products for architectural construction, decorative, appliance, furniture and transportation applications. The committee serves as a primary source for the development and maintenance of industry standards and specifications related to heat-treated glass fabrication, testing and application. Current subcommittee and task group efforts
• Construction subcommittee; chairperson: Mike Rupert, PPG Industries
The construction subcommittee has developed Glass Information Bulletins addressing the characteristics of heat-treated glass surfaces, proper procedures for cleaning architectural glass and construction site protection.
• Educational subcommittee; chairperson: Cliff Monroe, Arch Aluminum and Glass Company
The educational subcommittee provides program planning for the tempering sessions during the annual GANA Glass Fabrication educational seminars.
• Optical distortion subcommittee; chairperson: Joel Feingold, Strainoptics,
The optical distortion subcommittee strives to develop test methods to measure observed deviation from flatness of heat-treated architectural glass
• Engineering Standards Manual task group; chairperson, available
The Engineering Standards Manual task group is working to compile and develop materials to update the
• Hole and notch task group; chairperson: available position
The hole and notch task group is reviewing industry standards for holes and notches in fabricated flat glass products.
Mirror division promotions committee; chairperson: Randy Brooks, Gardner Glass
The mirror division promotions committee is working to establish a multi-division design awards program to supplement it’s existing mirrorlink.org Design Awards program. The committee is also updating the mirrorlink.org website and creating a division-specific membership
Mirror division technical committee; chairperson: Tim Moore, Arch Aluminum & Glass Co.
The technical committee is working to address issues relating to mirror fabrication, handling and use.
Fire Rated Glazing Council; chairperson: Jerry Razwick, Technical Glass
The Fire Rated Glazing Council is the newest group within GANA. It focuses on representing the fire-rated glazing industry, as well as code and standards
Protective Glazing Committee; chairperson: Valerie Block, DuPont
Currently, the committee has worked to draft two informational bulletins, which are out for review: Blast Resistant Glazing and Bullet Resistant Glazing. The committee also has a first draft bulletin on detention glazing. Committee members have discussed future projects that include creating an AIA presentation on protective glazing and reviewing and creating information in regards to protective glazing for earthquakes, tornados and hail storms.
GANA Member Company Product Spotlights
CRL Introduces the 18-Volt Cordless Diamond Glass Saw Kit
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) introduced the CRL 18-volt cordless diamond glass saw kit.The portable saw will plunge thin and thick glass from ¼-inch up to ¾-inch thick in straight and angle cuts. It utilizes a long-lasting, 5 3⁄8-inch diamond blade and a pressurized coolant system with an easy disconnect feature.
TGP Steps in With FireLite® Fire-Rated Ceramic Glass
As codes have become more stringent, architects and glazing contractors are looking for cost-effective, fire-rated glazing without the institutional feel of wired glass. To meet these needs, Technical Glass Products of Kirkland, Wash., offers FireLite ceramic glass, which can be used in corridors, lobbies, sidelites and other highly visible fire-rated locations.
W & W Glass Strengthens its Offerings
Pilkington engineers and DuPont scientists have combined their technologies to develop the Planar™ X SentryGlas® Plus System, available exclusively in North America from W & W Glass LLC located in Nanuet, N.Y. The company says this new laminated structural glazing system offers strength, safety, durability, edge stability and
Seeing the Lite
SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions™, located in San Francisco, is a manufacturer of fire-rated glass and framing. Available from the company is its SuperLite™ product line, which offers fire ratings from 20 minutes to three hours, and includes fire-retardant filled glass, ceramics, safety wired glass and SuperLite I-XL, a patented fire-protective product designed to reduce radiant heat transfer.
Technoform Offers I-Spacer
Constructed of thin stainless steel and a formulation of high-performance polymer composites, I-Spacer™, from Cleveland, Ohio-based Technoform, features a hybrid design that offers warm-edge performance as proven by independent laboratory testing. The company says the product delivers excellent sightline temperatures, condensation resistance and U-factors.
A New Bend
Precision Glass Bending, based in Greenwood, Ark., offers custom fabricated bent glass, for large and small job applications including architectural, interior fixturing, transportation and solar energy. The company’s capabilities allow it to bend glass of all kinds including annealed, heat-strengthened, safety tempered, safety laminated and insulating. In addition, clear, tinted, low-E, reflective, acid-etched, low-iron and specialty glass can be CAD/CNC fabricated into true radius (curved glass) or irregular bends.
Arch Creates “Visual” Effects
Arch Aluminum & Glass and Arch Deco Glass now offer the latest in decorative glass technology with their VISUAL™ product line, which allows designers to create any image desired. VISUAL can be used to create effects such as “two way” colors (different colors when viewed on opposite sides of the glass) and a complete gradient range. Plus VISUAL is a laminated product, so it offers the multi-function qualities associated with traditional laminated glass.
Edgetech Offers Environmentally-Friendly Glass Protection Products
Cambridge, Ohio-based Edgetech I.G. offers the Eco Coat system, a proprietary and patented solution designed to protect both glass and frames from construction debris.
The company says the product can protect windows from splattered concrete, stucco, paint and the razorblade scrapers that window cleaners often use to remove construction debris.
Eco Coat can be easily removed when the building is complete, according to information from the
Slim Down with Doralco
The Slimline door rail is the newest all glass door entrance from Doralco in Alsip, Ill. The Slimline is offered in 1-, 1 3⁄8-, 2- and 2 ½-inch heights and is 1-inch wide. It is a dry-glazed application that offers field adjustability and has ½-inch of side-to-side adjustment. It is available in 12 standard finishes.
The company is also offering the Slimline patch, which does not require any holes to be drilled in the glass. This patch is offered in 1 3⁄8- and 2-inch heights and is a dry-glazed
Billco Does the Math on Edge Deletion
The CNC LM cutting machine with edge deletion, from Billco in Zelienople, Pa., is capable of edge deleting any shape or contour. The system operates at linear speeds up to 9,000 IPM. Automatic glass thickness detection ensures uniform material removal, while a two-stage debris removal system ensures particles are minimized, thus protecting glass from micro scratches. Dual drive motors allow for accurate positioning at any location on the table and the table vacuum creates overlaid deletion and score paths. It also features automatic wheel-wear and glass thickness compensation.
Pilkington Releases Glazing and Handling Guidelines
Pilkington Fire Protection Glass North America released a new version of its Glazing and Handling Guidelines for fire-resistant glazing. The brochure contains information about how its Pyrostop™ and Pyrodur™ products should be stored and handled in the field. The brochure also contains glazing details, drawings and
Glassrobots Combines Two Tempering Technologies
Glassrobots’ flat tempering machine RoboTemp™ combines the advantages of true convection and radiant furnaces. Its design can be beneficial to glass processors that aim to boost productivity and achieve high-quality production, especially with low-E coated glasses, according to the company.
Viracon Introduces VRE-59 Coating
Solarscreen™ VRE-59 insulating glass is the newest addition to Owatonna, Minn.-based Viracon’s line of VRE (Viracon Radiant Low-E) products. The company says the product combines a crisp, neutral appearance with a light transmittance of 59 percent.
According to the company, VRE-59 provides significant performance benefits over traditional coatings, such as a neutral-exterior color and two-way vision under varying light conditions. It has a light to solar gain ratio range from 1.53 to
Glasstech Rolls Out Redesigned System
Glasstech Inc. in Perrysburg, Ohio, redesigned its architectural bending and tempering system originally developed for the automotive market. The system uses roll-forming technology. This allows tempering of glass as thin as 0.157 inches, provides improved reflective optics and enables flat glass production without a dedicated flat quench.
Architects Design with Wood – Within the Glass
OKAWOOD insulating glass from SCHOTT North America in Elmsford, N.Y., is composed of two lites of glass with a wood grid placed between them. This grid provides solar protection, yet still enables warm daylight to enter through the glass. The type and width of the wood, as well as the intervals within the grid, can be customized.
Tamglass Upgrades Sonic™; Bavelloni Introduces New Cutting Lines
Two Glaston Technologies companies, Tamglass and Bavelloni, have upgraded equipment
Tamglass upgraded its high-speed Sonic™ full convection tempering furnace to provide “Easier than ever™” tempering of super low-E
The latest Sonic was designed to reduce processing time, maximize quality and minimize breakage rates.
Bavelloni has introduced new LAMY cutting tables for laminated glass. The new tables feature a break-out technology that uses a triple wheel, eliminating micro-splinters; side grippers that only touch the edge of the glass, so rollers or suction cups are no longer needed. The company says this innovation enables the line to offer numerous advantages, including the ability to process low-E glass with limited contact to the glass
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A-1 Glass Inc.
Accura Systems Inc.
ACH Glass Operations
ADG Associates LLC
Admiral Glass & Mirror
Advanced Glazing Systems LLC
AFG Industries Inc.AGP Plastics Inc.
Ajay Glass Co.
Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc.
Albat+Wirsam North America
Alcan Composites USA Inc.
All Weather Tempering
Alloy America LLC
Almond Glass Works Inc.
Alorisa Glassworks Inc.
Aluminum Curtainwall Systems
American Industries Corp.
Arcadia Products Inc.
Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc.
Architectural Glass & Aluminum Co. Inc.
Architectural Glass Products
Architectural Skylight Co. Inc.
Argent Refining Corp.
Atlantic & Chesapeake Glassworks Inc.
Atwood Mobile Products Inc./Spec-Temp Glass
Azon USA Inc.
Bacon & Van Buskirk Glass Co.
Barber Glass Industries Inc.
Bent Glass Design Inc.
Benteler Mechanical Engineering Inc.
Billco Manufacturing Inc.
Bottero Flat Glass Inc.
Brin/Northwestern Glass Co.
Bruce Wall Systems Corp.
Brunswick GlassWorks Inc.
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc.
California Glass Bending Corp.
Cardinal Glass Co.
Carmel Architectural Sales
Curtain Wall Design & Consulting Inc.
Central Pacific Glass Inc.
Ceradyne Inc., Thermo Materials Division
Chicago Heights Glass Inc.
Childress Engineering Services
City Newark Glass Co.
Commercial Glass & Metal Inc.
Commercial Insulating Glass Co.
Connell, Lee R.
Coral Industries, Inc., Glass Division
Corona Aluminum Co.
Corte Cladding Consultants LLC
Craftsman Fabricated Glass Ltd.
CYTEC Surface Specialties Inc.
DGB Glass Inc.
DGI/Designer Glass International
Diamond, Jr., Douglas H.
Dirkse Glass Inc.
Donisi Mirror Co.
DORMA Glas Inc.
Dow Corning Corp.
Eastern Glass Resources Inc.
Ebert, Cynthia J.
Eco Coat Glass Protection Systems Inc.
Edge Seal Technologies Inc.
Edgetech IG Inc.
Engineered Glass Products LLC
Falk, Stephen H.
Fargo Glass & Paint Co.
FDR Design Inc.
Firestone Metal Products
Galaxy Glass & Stone
Gardner Glass & Glazing Inc.
Gardner Glass Products
Garibaldi Glass Inc.
General Glass Co.
General Glass Co. Inc.
General Glass International
George Ford & Sons Inc.
Giroux Glass Inc.
Glass Coatings and Concepts LLC
Glass Distributors Inc.
Glasslam N.G.I. Inc.
Glenny Glass Co.
Goldray Industries Ltd.
Graham Architectural Products
Guardian Industries Corp.
Guthrie Glass & Mirror Inc.
Halfen Anchoring Systems
Handy & Harman of Canada Ltd.
Hecker Glastechnik GmbH & Co. KG
Heinrich Ceramic Decal Inc.
Helima Helvetion International
Hemm Glass Shops Inc.
HHH Architectural Tempering Systems Inc.
Husker Glass Inc.
Hydro Aluminum North America
IBA Consultants Inc.
ICD High Performance Coatings
IGE Solutions Inc.
Independent Mirror Industries
Indiana Art Glass Inc.
INEX Spacer Inc.
J C Glass Inc.
J.E. Berkowitz L.P.
Johnson Matthey Inc.
K.T. Fabrication Inc.
Kaneka Texas Corp.
Karas & Karas Glass Co. Inc.
Kawneer Co. Inc.
Lenoir Mirror Co.
Lisec America Inc.
Mappi International SRL
Metz Enterprises Inc.
Mid-States Glass and Metal Inc.
Missouri Valley Glass Co. Inc.
MJR Enterprises Corp.
Model Glass Co.
Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (formerly GE Advanced
Monterrey Technologies Inc.
MTH Industries Inc.
National Glass and Metal Co.
New Hampshire Glass
North American Curtainwall LLC
North American Glass Distributors Inc.
North American Specialty Glass
Northwestern Industries Inc.
Noveon Inc./Thermedics Polymer Products
Oak Cliff Mirror & Glass Co. Inc.
Open Energy Corp.
Padua Glass Enterprises Inc.
Panel Specialists Inc.
PCC Construction Components
Peacock Laboratories Inc
Peter M. Muller Inc.
Physical Security LLC
Pilkington North America Inc.
Pittco Architectural Metals Inc.
PMC Software Inc.
Pohl Inc. of America
Power Brushes Inc.
PPG Industries Inc.
Precision Glass Bending Corp.
Pucci, F. Michael
R&D Reflections Inc.
Richter Enterprises Corp.
SAFTI FIRST™ Fire Rated Glazing Solutions
SAGE Electrochromics Inc.
Saint Gobain Glass Mexico SA De C.V.
Samuels Glass Co.
SCHOTT North America Inc.
Sekisui S-LEC America LLC.
Smith, Barry C.
Solar Seal Co.
Solinski, Joseph P.
Sommer & Maca Industries Inc.
Southern Aluminum Finishing Co.
Southwest Glass & Glazing Inc.
Structural Glazing Systems Inc.
Swift Glass Co. Inc.
Syracuse Glass Co. Inc.
3M - Industrial Adhesives & Tapes Division
Tamglass America Inc.
TC Glass Distributor Inc.
Technical Glass Products
TEPCO Contract Glazing Inc.
Thad Ziegler Glass Ltd.
The Bratton Corp.
Thear, Edward A.
Thomas Glass Co. Inc.
Toledo Mirror & Glass Co.
Torstenson Glass Co.
Tower Glass Co. Inc.
Trainor Glass Co.
Trosifol North America Ltd.
Trulite Industries Ltd.
TSI/Exterior Wall Systems Inc.
Turnbull, John W.
Uniglass Engineering Oy
United Architectural Metals Inc.
United Glass Corp.
United Plate Glass Co.
Utica Glass Co.
Vild, Donald J.
Virginia Glass Products Corp.
Vistawall Architectural Products
Vitro America Inc.
W & W Glass LLC
W.A. Wilson & Sons Inc.
Walker Glass Co. Ltd.
WALTEK & Co. Ltd.
Walters & Wolf Glass Co.
Werner Systems Inc.
Western States Glass
Westshore Glass Corp.
White Bear Glass Inc.
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