Last week, the Glass Association of North America (GANA) and National Glass Association (NGA) and announced their plans to merge. GANA members must provide the necessary votes to make it happen.

At GANA’s membership meeting during its fall conference, GANA legal counsel Kim Mann told attendees that all full members will be asked to vote on two amendments to GANA’s Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation that would allow NGA to acquire all of its assets.

“It’s very important that they execute those ballots, because you have to have a quorum to get the proposal enacted,” he said. Specifically, one-third of all full members will have to return executed timely ballots, and of those, two-thirds will have to be cast in favor of the merger in order for it to go through.

Later in the meeting, GANA and NGA officials discussed what the merger would mean for the organizations and industry as a whole.

If the merger were to happen, the GANA and NGA names would stay in place for the near future. The joint task group of GANA and NGA members that have been working toward the merger have discussed a possible name change, but if that were to happen, it could be a year and a half out.

An NGA press release said that GANA staffers Urmilla Sowell and Sara Neiswanger would become NGA employees. When asked about legal counsel at the meeting, GANA president Doug Schilling said Mann may not be retained as NGA already has a longtime legal counsel in place.

Schilling said most of the GANA divisions would remain in place with a few exceptions, though this will continue to be worked out. The Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) segment, for example, will stay as is, but there may be some that will merge with certain NGA groups.

“In one sense, the division structure is going to be maintained,” said Schilling. “In another sense, some will be combined for efficiency and other benefits.”

Stay tuned to™ as more details emerge in the coming weeks and months.

Editors note: USGlass magazine has served as the official publication of GANA for a number of years per a marketing agreement but is its own separate company and not part of the merger in any way.