GlassBuild Puts Pedal to (Architectural) Metal

SSF is one of many companies in the architectural metals segment exhibiting at GlassBuild this week.

SSF is one of many companies in the architectural metals segment exhibiting at GlassBuild this week.

GlassBuild America (GBA) opened its doors this morning in Las Vegas with hundreds of exhibitors from all facets of the glass industry. This three-day event features some of the industry’s newest products, from software and equipment to architectural metal and glass.

Southern Stretch Forming (SSF), metal fabricators headquartered in Denton, Texas, says the show draws in a lot of prospective customers for them since they offer niche products: stretched formed steel and aluminum extrusions.

Robert Seils, national sales manager, explained that they’ve been coming to GBA for at least 20 years now. “We have a niche product, so it’s a good way for us to meet with architects and prospective clients,” he said.

Even though it’s the first day, he added, it’s been quite a busy booth. “From curtainwalls, skylights, windows and doors, we can do it all,” Seils explained. “Anything architectural and any kind of metal: aluminum, copper, brass, etc. That’s what we want to show our customers.”

SAF is showing off its range of color capabilities.

SAF is showing off its range of color capabilities.

SSF is focusing on its helical handrails, but it also offered visitors an up-close look at some of the metals the company’s curved and the process it undergoes to provide it its curved shape.

Also on the architectural metal side, Atlanta, Ga.-based SAF Southern Aluminum featured its anodized aluminum sheet and aluminum extrusion metals.

“It’s still early, but we really enjoy having the show in Vegas,” said Peter Stauffer, account manager. He added, “I like having it in Atlanta, too, but having it here is more international; it seems like more [companies] attend.”

Stay tuned to USGNN.com™ for continued coverage of GlassBuild all week.

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