Glass Expo Northeast’22: In the Books

It had been three years since Glass Expo Northeast (GENE)™ took place, but the industry picked up where it left off at this year’s show. Since COVID-19 forced the event, co-sponsored by the Long Island Glass Association, USGlass magazine, USGNN™ and Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal, to take a hiatus of an extra year, attendees and exhibitors were eager to be back in the halls and aisles. In addition to the approximately 1,500 attendees, more than 110 companies displayed their goods and services on April 6 and 7 in Uniondale, N.Y. Machinery and equipment, computer software, services and various types of glass were available on the show floor.

Companies used the show to reconnect with a pool of potential clients.

“With COVID crippling things the last couple of years, we’re trying to get in front of everyone and meet the public, so to speak,” said Mark Haeck, sales manager of Mainstreet Computers, based in Belleville, Mich.

The event’s seminar sessions focused on a number of pertinent industry topics.

Debra Levy, publisher of USGlass magazine, led “The Glass and Glazing Industry Economic Outlook for the Northeast.” She discussed construction and fabrication trends, including the fact that approximately 25% of fabricated glass volume is laminated, and impact/security glazing is on the rise. This includes increased applications in schools and a rise in awareness for commercial/retail in metro areas.

Stewart Jeske, president of JEI Structural Engineering, spoke next and took participants through all the factors involved in delegated design, providing information and highlighting areas of caution for glazing contractors. Jorge Alberto Alarcon, marketing specialist for Kuraray Trosifol® interlayers, examined safety concerns surrounding glass in railing systems and the new building code requirements. Alarcon cited falling handrail glass in several major North American cities, including Austin, Texas, Toronto, Houston, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Cleveland, and the Northeast’s New York City.

Body language expert Janine Driver returned with her always popular session, “You’re Saying More than You Think.” Driver used her audience for real live examples of what people say with the movement of their bodies.

The educational program also included a panel discussion, “Crisis Aftermath – Supply Challenges,” which featured Amber Deimler, vice president of sales for Demountable Concepts Inc./MyGlassTruck; Daniel Plotnick, international and domestic accounts manager for Vitro Architectural Glass; Jeff Wilkins, chief operating officer, AGNORA; and Barry Wood, vice president of marketing and commercial development of Wood’s Powr-Grip. The panel discussed supply chain issues from a number of perspectives.

Adam Smith and Chance Lloyd of Door Controls USA followed with their presentation, “The Ins and Outs of Contract and Replacement Hardware.”

Plans for upcoming Glass Expos are already in the works. Glass Expo Rocky Mountain ‘23 is returning to Denver (Aurora), Colo., after three highly-anticipated years, to bring qualified customers and prospects together. Co-sponsored by the Colorado Glazing Contractors Association, USGlass magazine, USGNN and Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal, the event provides the architectural glass and metal industry with education, networking opportunities and an exhibition floor full of the latest products and services.

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  1. This years show was so inspirational and informative. Great cast of glazing industry professionals. Thanks US Glass!

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