Last week’s Glass Expo Northeast™ (GENE) ′19 conference offered a look at the latest trends and products, and gave attendees an idea of what could be in the industry’s future. The highly attended event didn’t slow down on its second and final day, as industry professionals took to the show floor for their final chance to visit with exhibitors.


Glass transportation was a topic many guests spoke about during the remaining show hours. Many mentioned how changes in truck designs have allowed for easier transport.

“Everyone knows you can’t just move large pieces of glass for projects in just any vehicle … unless you want it broken. I know I want my customers’ glass to arrive in one solid piece, that’s why our vehicles now feature sliders,” said Dylan Carpenter, account executive.

These sliding racks are designed to hold glass in place while it’s being transported.

Functional style also plays a role in highly efficient deliveries.

“The newer European style for industry vans has really become popular because you can stand inside them. You’d have to bend and be more cautious and aware with the older models,” said John Weise, F. Barkow president.


Standard Bent Glass shows attendees the benefits of using decorative glass.

Decorative glass was another trend among exhibitors, who mentioned that many clients want to create unique projects.

“I’ve noticed over the years that decorative glass has become more accepted overall, and more people want differences in transparency. This allows for more creativity in the industry which is an upside,” said Shawn Hickman, Standard Bent Glass decorative division production manager.

“It seems like the projects are getting larger and larger in size. Yes, more people are incorporating more glass in buildings, but they’re also going toward the decorative side. The days of having every building look the same are behind us,” said Hector Crespo, GCV glass machinery commercial manager.

GENE was held March 27 – 28 at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, N.Y. If you missed our show coverage watch our videos from day one and day two of the show.

The next stop for Glass Expos is the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego for Glass Expo West™ ′19, on December 4-5, 2019. More information is available here.