The regional flavor of Glass Expo Northeast™ has been just the right taste for many companies this week as the two-day conference and trade show continues.
French glass manufacturer Riou, which has an office in Montreal, is exhibiting for the first time in the U.S. Nicholas Riou, business development manager in North America, said the company is looking to expand in the Northeast U.S. region.
Riou is highlighting its Therm system, which uses a bus bar on the top and bottom of the unit to provide electricity to a coating on the glass. As a result, the glass is warm to the touch and has improved thermal efficiency.
Innovative Glass Corp., based in Plainview, N.Y., is showcasing its many switchable and dynamic glass offerings.
John Hensley, lifting consultant at Great Lakes Lifting in Illinois, said the event has been a great opportunity to make further connections in the region and on the East Coast as a whole.
“It’s been busy,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot of leads, so I have a lot more work to do after the show.”
Aluminum fabricator Leed Himmel, based in New Haven, Conn., only does regional shows because it supplies mostly to the Northeast. Multiple representatives at its booth said traffic on the show floor has been good, noting that the event has grown since the 2015 edition.
Middletown, N.Y.-based glass fabricator Upstate Glass Tempering also only exhibits regionally, so it used Glass Expo Northeast as an opportunity to connect with its key customer base. The company, which showcased a large colorful booth demonstrating its product offerings, is planning an expansion into a larger facility in near future.
Tune in to USGNN.com™’s April newscast Monday for more coverage on Glass Expo Northeast.