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Glass TEXpo is known as the “Best Little Glass Expo in Texas,” and this
year it was just that, when attendees and exhibitors gathered in San Antonio,
Texas, April 12-13 for two days of education, networking and more. The
event was held at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel.
The event opened with a welcome from Deron Patterson, vice president of
the Texas Glass Association and senior account manager for PPG Flat Glass,
Jerry Wright, president of the Texas Glass Association and AAA Glass &
Mirror Co., and Debra Levy, publisher of USGlass magazine.
They were followed by David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association
of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. Crowe offered an optimistic look
at the current and forecasted economic and housing market.
“2012 will still be the stage setter—the year of getting our act together,”
he said. “2013 will be more robust.”
Mehran Arbab, director of glass science and technology for PPG Industries,
gave a keynote address titled “Glass Buildings - Partnerships in Innovation,”
later in the day.
He addressed a number of topics, including daylighting.
“Daylighting is more than windows within a room,” Arbab told attendees.
“We need to also have the ability to disperse light within a room.”
He also discussed customer choice. “Having a portfolio customers can choose
from is important for the different regions,” said Arbab.
Rodney Wellborn of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope in Santa Monica, Calif.,
provided a presentation about impact-resistant glazing systems and what
must be considered when selecting these when working with the International
Jeremy Kaeding of Sage Electrochromics in Faribault, Minn., offered a
look at the solar market and what’s in the future for this area.
Bernard Lax of Pulp Studio in Los Angeles addressed decorative glass and
its many uses, along with a look at past pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Arlene Stewart with AZS Consulting and Tracy Rogers with Quanex Building
Products offered their views on the green industry.
When it comes to green claims, Stewart told her audience that “whoever
is marketing the material has to have substantiation before the ad runs.”
“When it comes to communicating, any qualifications or disclosures have
to be clear. It’s what you don’t say that can get you into trouble,” added
Doug Burns of Don Young Co. in San Antonio provided a seminar about expanding
into the window replacement market as an add-on to glass sales.
In a session titled “Facebook + Twitter + Groupon! Oh My!” Levy discussed
the value of social media marketing and how to combine a company’s social
media content with sharing through social networks to create marketing
Felix Lopez of the Texas State Energy Conservation Office addressed energy
codes in the state and how they pertain to commercial windows, residential
windows and issues of enforcement.
USGlass columnist Lyle Hill, managing director of Keytech North America,
led a seminar about proper break-even analysis. He stressed how crucial
it is for a company to know its break-even point—and how to calculate
what this is through detailed analysis.
Award and Honors
During the event, the Texas Glass Association, which co-sponsored Glass
TEXpo™ with USGlass magazine, presented its Lou Green Award posthumously
to Claudio Gonzalez, founder and longtime president of Harlingen Glass
in Harlingen, Texas. His daughter, Sandra Tovar, accepted the award on
In addition, one lucky attendee, Roberto Ramirez of Quality Reflection
Glass Work in Laredo, Texas, was the winner of a steel A-frame glass cart,
courtesy of Unruh Fab.
Several attendees offered their thoughts to USGlass as the event came
to a close.
“I was impressed with the quality of the exhibits and the seminars. I
learned a lot,” said Monica Duncan of Dallas-based Alpha Glass & Mirror
“The electrochromatics are probably the products I knew least about, and
the session we had [about that] was very informative,” said Rick Churchill
with B&B Glass Inc. in Dallas. “Also some of the forecasts with where
the market is going with those products were very helpful.”
The Glass TEXpo is a biennial event and will be held again in 2014. Next
year, USGlass will co-sponsor Glass Expo Northeast March 7-8, 2013, at
the Hyatt Regency Long Island at Wind Watch on Long Island, New York.
In addition, Glass Expo Midwest is scheduled for the fall of 2013, though
the dates have not yet been officially announced.
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