GANA’s Decorative and Mirror Divisions Agree to Merge During Annual Conference

The Decorative Division and Mirror Division have agreed to join forces as one division within GANA. The proposal must now be approved by the board.

The Decorative Division and Mirror Division have agreed to join forces as one division within GANA. The proposal must now be approved by the board.

Decorative glass and mirror discussions were some of the biggest topics on today’s agenda of the Glass Association of North America’s Annual Conference taking place in Orlando, Fla. During the Fall Conference last September the Mirror Division had discussed the possibility of a merger with the Decorative Division, and today the group voted on and passed a proposal to do just that.

Mandy Marxen with Gardner Glass Products, chair of the Mirror Division, explained that over the years the Mirror Division has gotten smaller and given the synergies with the decorative Division, joining forces could be a positive step.  “The Decorative Division does a great job … with technical work, staying on [top of] innovative work and we think the decorative scope could easily cover mirror as another type of decorative glass,” said Marxen. “[A merger] would be an efficient use of resources, time, energy and brain power. We see it as an opportunity for expansion.”

Marc Deschamps with Walker Glass, chair of the Decorative Division, agreed that the proposal makes sense and that there would be benefits in doing so.

As part of the merger, which must first be approved by the GANA board of directors, the Decorative Division will form a Mirror Committee, which Marxen will chair. The Mirror Division also will continue to maintain its own website. The Mirror Division’s task groups and many of its current activities and documents also will be carried over.

Also during the Decorative Division, incoming GANA president Jeff Nixon of Glass Coatings and Concepts reported that the Product Colors and Durability task group has completed its document on durability properties and as such will disband. Nixon said the remainder of the group’s objectives will be rolled into the standards committee.

Likewise, Marxen reported that the decorative standards subcommittee is working on a Glass Informational Bulletin (GIB) that will look at the performance durability and testing of painted decorative interior mounted glass. Once completed the GIB will stand as a resource that explains the glass types, paint and methods of how the paint can be applied as well as the process of making a quality product.

Also in the works, a GIB on sealant and adhesive compatibility currently is in draft form and is being reviewed and balloted. Other documents in the works include a GIB on the weatherability and durability of decorative glass as well as one on decorative glass strength properties.

The GANA Annual Meeting runs through Friday. Look to™ for more reports all this week.

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