The glass and glazing industry gathered in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2020, at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the first day of the annual GlassBuild America trade show.
The three-day show, billed as the largest trade and networking event for the glass, window and door industry in the Western Hemisphere, provides attendees with the opportunity to network and see the latest industry products.
“GlassBuild gives us a chance to show new products, which we have,” says John Meyers, Dreamwalls Innovative Glass Product’s senior architect and design officer. Dreamwalls’ booth, which is new this year, displays backpainted glass, mirrors, laminated glass, laminated with different interlayers, markerboards, and more.
Meyers says Dreamwall, an interior coater of glass, designed the new booth to offer more informative photos and videos.
“As people walk by, they can see a video of our products, our plant and our people,” says Meyer. “It is 100% interactive. We’ve always been interactive at these shows, but these are just extra tools and opportunities to have a dialog about our products.”
For Infor, a manufacturer and distributor of business software with more than 20 years of experience in the fenestration industry, GlassBuild is the perfect opportunity to bring people together.
“There’s nothing that replaces face-to-face interaction,” says Shelley Horn, Infor’s director of industry solutions and strategy. “It really gives the attendees the opportunity to see the software in action and see it in a real fenestration environment with real products that are like theirs.”
Daniel Meuchel, a design engineer at Wood’s Powr-Grip Co., is excited to get the three-day event started. As an engineer, Meuchel attends these events to learn the customer’s needs and find out perceptions of Wood’s Powr-Grip’s equipment. Meuchel adds that Wood’s Powr-Grip is also here to support its distributors.
“We’re just trying to learn what the customer wants and get good leads for our distributors,” says Meuchel.
GlassBuild is also a great opportunity for global companies to find U.S. customers. Aluro, an equipment provider for the thermal break assembly industry, traveled from Belgium to seek customers for its thermal break machines. The company’s thermal barriers are constructed by inserting a strip, insulbar or strut in a variety of aluminum profiles to build efficient windows, doors and curtainwalls.
Remco Dumortier, Aluro’s international business development manager, says that his company attends GlassBuild each year.
“For us, it’s an opportunity to enter the American market,” says Dumortier. “It has been beneficial already. We sold quite a few contracts in the U.S. thanks to this show.”
GlassBuild America continues until Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Stay tuned to USGNN for more news and updates from the show.