Volume 45, Issue 1 - January 2010

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GANA Adds a Touch of Glass to the Real City of Lights
A Preview of GANAís Glass Week 2010



Whether youíre a glass product fabricator, manufacturer, installer or supplier, youíll want to circle March 25-30, 2010, on your calendar. This yearís Glass Week is set to take place at the Paris Las Vegas. Glass Week is sponsored by the Glass Association of North America (GANA) and precedes the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, also located at the Paris.

The registration deadline for this event is February 15, 2010, so start making your plans now. And thereís a lot to take into consideration, given that this year three eventsóGlass Week, the BEC Conference and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Allianceís (IGMA) 10th annual meetingówill be co-located. Fortunately, attendees can pick and choose from a variety of registration packages to select the sessions and networking opportunities that best match their needs.

Technically Speaking
Last year, GANAís various technical committees accomplished a multitude of tasks, setting the bar high for the upcoming event. Last year also marked the initial meetings of the associationís Energy and Marketing Committees, which have a lot more to discuss at the March meeting. And once again the association is working to schedule a top-notch presentation about energy issues.

In addition to these work group and committee meetings, the association once again has a number of social activities on the calendar. Networking opportunities include a formal dinner sponsored by PPG Industries, an awards banquet, a golf tournament and the Glass Week and BEC joint reception sponsored by Kawneer Co. Inc.

More to Learn
Insulating glass suppliers and manufacturers are a special focus this year, as IGMA is holding its 10th annual meeting concurrently with Glass Week. IGMA members will hold their typical working group meetings and present technical presentations beginning March 24.

Registrants for IGMAís meeting also will have the opportunity to sit in on a presentation of electrochromic case studies, an ďask the expertĒ session and a component supplier panel discussion covering a wide spectrum of topics: solar applications, spandrels, compatibility and triple silver low-E coatings.

IGMA attendees will have a chance to catch-up with one another during a welcome reception on March 24 and the March 25 golf tournament open to all IGMA-registered attendees. There also will be plenty of opportunities to mingle with GANA members at a joint wine and cheese reception following a day of golf, and a three-plus-hour joint meeting of the IGMA Technical Services Committee and GANA Insulating Division on March 26.

Glass professionals also will want to take note of the BEC Conference, March 28-30 (look for more on that in the February 2010 USGlass or online at www.glassweek.com).

Visiting Vegas, the City of Lights
The Paris Las Vegas has plenty to offer during your week-long stay. Why not teleconference (or sneak in a break between meetings) beside the hotelís rooftop pool? Paris also offers two tempting golf experiences: Cascata Golf Club brings together challenging holes and beautiful fairways, while the hotel calls the Rio Secco Golf Club stunning to see and memorable to play. Attendees also can find plenty of space for evening networking, given the hotelís seven unique bars and lounges.

Of course, if youíre traveling all the way to the Paris, you canít miss the view from 460 feet above the Strip atop the Eiffel Tower Ride. A signature of the Las Vegas skyline, the replica tower is a half-scale exact reproduction of the European landmark. A guide will point out canít-miss Vegas landmarks on the elevator ride to the top, where a breathtaking, panoramic view awaits. (Then again, repeat Vegas visitors can probably share with their tour guides some little-known facts about the facades below!) Or save your sightseeing for the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, located on the hotelís 11th floor, where you can enjoy Continental cuisine, an extensive wine list and another canít-miss view.


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