“See Everything.” That’s the theme of 2022 GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, taking place Oct. 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. According to organizers from the National Glass Association, the tradeshow will be the largest industry gathering in North America, where representatives from all segments of the glass and fenestration industries can see new product and equipment solutions, interact with customers and suppliers, participate in continuing education new learning opportunities, and more.
“The number one reason individuals attend is to see the exhibitors and their products, but we also often hear they would like more education and more casual networking,” says Molly Grenn, NGA event director. “Coming up in Las Vegas, we will be delivering both.”
GlassBuild 2022 will feature more than 400 exhibitors over a 155,000-square-foot show floor. The show will include more than 90 international exhibitors representing over 20 countries. Additionally, more than 60 first-time exhibitors have signed on for the show.
The GlassBuild Product Showcase includes trend information and new product announcements for fabrication machinery, handling and transportation equipment, software, glass and component products, glazing systems, hardware and more.
Officials from the Window, Door and Glass Vertical Group at 2020 + Compusoft say that GlassBuild is a fantastic event that no one in the fenestration industry should miss. Ron Crowl, FeneTech, Bill Natalie, contractERP, and Tyron Ball, Soft Tech, report that the event has always been an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new friends. “Being technology-obsessed, we particularly enjoy seeing what innovations emerge from our industry each year,” they say.
“Our team is very excited for this year’s GlassBuild show,” says David Harris, product manager – Exterior Solutions, American Renolit Corp. “We always look forward to meeting lots of customers and prospects at the event, but the expectation for the show this fall is very positive. It was good to see the show come back up last year, and attendance was good, but we are really expecting a very busy show in October. We are hearing a general consensus that more people are planning to attend this year.”
Education and networking
Attendees can find additional tools to tackle the industry’s top challenges at a series of education and networking events during GlassBuild.
“Resources Found Here” is the main message of this year’s Industry Pavilion, the hub for members of association sponsors, The National Glass Association (NGA) and the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA). Attendees can meet fellow members and staff, learn about training and networking opportunities, and find business and technical resources, or just find a spot to kick back in the lounge area and enjoy the commotion of GlassBuild.
Editorial staff of official GlassBuild publication Window + Door will also be in the booth on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and Thursday, Oct. 20 from 9 to 10:30 to chat about industry developments, top challenges and trends in the ever-evolving residential window and door industry.
GlassBuild Main Stage
New at this year’s show is the GlassBuild Main Stage, located in booth #10206, sponsored by Window + Door and Glass magazines, GlassBuild’s official publications, and NGA’s MyGlassClass.com. All attendees have an opportunity to access quick-hitting, need-to-know industry forecast and trend information. Topics will include everything from a technical and codes update to the construction economic forecast, and an important discussion about mental health awareness.
FGIA will present three sessions at this year’s Main Stage. And, for the first time at GlassBuild, NGA is coordinating a Women in Glass and Fenestration networking event. Visit glassbuildamerica.com for the complete Main Stage schedule.
Brand-new for 2022, attendees and exhibitors can participate in the GlassBuild Tailgate Party, Thursday, Oct. 20, from 12-2 p.m.
“The show will close this year with the GlassBuild Tailgate Party to give attendees a chance to unwind with their industry friends with music, games, food trucks, beverages, and a grill throwdown among industry members,” says Grenn. “It’s going to be a great time.”
Registration is $10 per person, with ticket proceeds going to the NGA Foundation to support glass and glazing industry educational programming. The Tailgate Party is sponsored by CRL and is open to all registrants of GlassBuild and the Glazing Executives Forum.
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“You have an opportunity to network with countless suppliers at GlassBuild America 2022.”
—Cristina Murray, director of marketing, North America for Quanex.
Investments and trends
“Attending GlassBuild is [a] way to keep our finger on the pulse of the industry,” says Jennifer Walrich, product manager at Magid Glove and Safety. Attendees to the show can see new product innovations and equipment solutions firsthand and have much-needed face-to-face interactions with their suppliers and customers.
“You have an opportunity to network with countless suppliers at GlassBuild America 2022,” adds Cristina Murray, director of marketing, North America for Quanex. “Make the most of your time there. Ask questions. Evaluate responses. Scout out potential new partners that offer the insights and materials you need to power your operation to new heights of quality, efficiency and performance. Put this world-class event to work for your leadership team, workforce and customers.”
Additionally, the show helps companies prepare for trends and opportunities to come. “GlassBuild is a time to get together and compare notes with other industry partners to see their vision for the future of our industry,” says Morgan Donohue, president, Erdman Automation.
“When there are ongoing challenges that affect everyone in our industry, it is important to connect.”
—Greg Koch, vice president of sales and marketing, Deceuninck
Facing challenges together
The industry returns to GlassBuild following a year of uncertainty and challenges. Companies struggle to find labor, while tackling continuing inflation and supply chain issues. The best way to try to tackle those challenges, according to attendees and exhibitors, is by coming together. At GlassBuild, attendees can meet face-to-face with suppliers and customers, network and share solutions with peers, hear important market updates and forecasts from experts, learn about new technologies to ease top challenges, and more.
“When there are ongoing challenges that affect everyone in our industry, it is important to connect,” says Greg Koch, vice president of sales and marketing for Deceuninck.
“GlassBuild provides the industry with the opportunity to do just that: get on the same page and continue to overcome the challenges that impact us all. We are looking forward to sharing what Deceuninck has done on this front to remain innovative, reliable and sustainable.”
“Like nowhere else, [GlassBuild] offers up an immense range of potential solutions to any supply chain challenges you may be facing,” adds Quanex’s Murray. “GlassBuild America is the perfect place to supercharge your supplier search. Where else can you go face-to-face with potential suppliers that may be unknown to you now?”
Return to normal
Exhibitors say GlassBuild America 2022 will continue the industry’s return to more normal operations since the start of the pandemic. The show was cancelled in 2020 and returned in person in 2021, but welcomed fewer attendees and international exhibitors due to travel challenges and continued pandemic concerns.
“After an unpredictable past couple of years, it is exciting to get back on the show floor,” says Deceuninck’s Koch. “We are looking forward to reconnecting with our customers at a highly anticipated event such as GlassBuild in an in-person setting. It will be our pleasure to share with our booth visitors what Deceuninck has been hard at work on recently.”
Drew Anthony, marketing manager, Anthony Innovations, says the show will provide an opportunity “to reconnect with the broader market after a limiting period through COVID,” he says. “We look forward to sharing a range of new products with the wider fenestration market.”
Ann Greco, strategic marketing director, Salem Fabrication Technologies Group Inc., adds that in-person events were missed during the height of pandemic closures. “In-person events are better than the virtual online events we’ve had to make do with over these past couple of years,” she says. “The networking, customer relationship-building, search for new suppliers, and industry educational opportunities cannot be matched virtually.”
World Millwork Alliance Co-locates with GlassBuild in 2022
The 57th edition of the World Millwork Alliance (WMA) Annual Convention & Tradeshow will co-locate with GlassBuild in Las Vegas. The WMA Annual Convention & Tradeshow brings together the global millwork industry, including millwork distributors, manufacturers of products and services, pro dealers, sales representatives, and architects, builders, contractors and remodelers.
“WMA looks forward to working with NGA to explore the synergies between our events,” said Rosalie Leone, WMA president & CEO. “Several of our member supplier companies exhibit at both of our shows, and this is another opportunity to expand our horizons as our members respond to supply chain and labor challenges, among other pressures.” GlassBuild attendees will have access to all WMA exhibits.
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“Ask questions. Evaluate responses. Scout out potential new partners that offer the insights and materials you need to power your operation to new heights of quality, efficiency and performance.”—Cristina Murray, director of marketing, North America for Quanex
“Get together and compare notes with other industry partners to see their vision for the future of our industry.”—Morgan Donohue, president, Erdman Automation
“Get on the same page and continue to overcome the challenges that impact us all.”—Greg Koch, vice president of sales and marketing for Deceuninck
“Keep [your] finger on the pulse of the industry.”—Jennifer Walrich, product manager at Magid Glove and Safety
“Reconnect with the broader market after a limiting period through COVID.”—Drew Anthony, marketing manager, Anthony Innovations
“See the exhibitors and their products and get in on education and casual networking.”—Molly Grenn, NGA event director
See everything | Product Preview
GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo is where residential fenestration manufacturers and suppliers come together to resolve the industry’s most pressing challenges.
From window systems and hardware to automated IG and vinyl processing equipment, and all the pieces in between, GlassBuild brings the entire supply chain together at the biggest fenestration event in North America.
Join all the biggest companies in the industry and learn about the latest trends in supplies and machinery, network with suppliers and experience firsthand the industry’s newest and what’s next in technology and products.
Visit GlassBuild.com for highlights from exhibitors, featuring a fraction of the products, services and supplies that will be on display in Las Vegas.
- All Residential Window and Door Products
- Complete Products & Systems
- Handling/Packing/Storage/ Transportation
- Machinery & Equipment
- Supplies & Tools
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