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Build Your Soft Skills | Register for the FGIA Leadership Development Program

It’s that time of year when we resolve to do better – for example, I have decided to invest more time in my health and wellness in 2021! If you started the new year with a resolution to advance your career or further develop your skills, FGIA provides an avenue for working toward those goals. The FGIA Leadership Development Program focuses on the soft skills a leader needs to achieve his or her full potential.Leadership is influence. The Leadership Development Program will help you connect,...

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FGIA Gives Back in 2020

FGIA just wrapped up its annual Holiday Staff Week, but this year, it looked a little bit different. Instead of celebrating with games and movies in the Schaumburg office, we gathered on Zoom to play remote BINGO and hold a gingerbread house decorating contest with prizes. Samantha Allen and I mailed boxes of supplies and tiny gifts to each staff member so they could participate. We met each morning for a “coffee or hot cocoa break” to share holiday stories of Christmases past and to...

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Gain FGIA Member Value in Education, Remotely

2020 has been an unconventional year, and that was the case for FGIA Education as well. While some of our offerings were already remote-friendly, a lot of work went into pivoting those that weren’t to an online platform. From creating virtual InstallationMasters® classes and planning a future video series version of the popular IG Fabricators workshop, FGIA’s Education team has been working round the clock to deliver the valuable professional development that our members have come to appreciate and expect. Here is a rundown of...

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Make Your Voice Heard

FGIA offers its members a wealth of information. From our publications to our conferences to our task groups and committees, you can learn so much about our industry. We encourage you to take advantage of all that FGIA has to offer, but don’t miss out on one of the most important aspects of our organization: The opportunity to have a voice in what our organization does and how it influences the fenestration industry as a whole.FGIA documents and publications are the backbone of our industry....

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GlassBuild | Members Show Up, Show Out

My dad has famously said – long before Bruno Mars coined the phrase, “If you show up, you better show out!” Well, that’s exactly what FGIA member companies have done this month through education sessions at GlassBuild Connect.Preventing Scratches and Edge DamageIndustry safety expert and just all-around nice guy, Mike Burk with Sparklike covered how to prevent costly scratches and edge damage on glass on September 14. Attendees learned about the common causes of scratches and edge damage and heard best practices on how to...

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How and Why to Get Involved with FGIA

At FGIA, we often get questions from members who would like to engage more with the alliance’s work. It can be overwhelming to find a place to start. When it comes to shaping the industry’s future and making your voice heard, FGIA can help you ensure your company’s needs and interests are represented. The majority of the work, including document creation and revision, takes place within FGIA’s many committees and task groups. As an FGIA member, once you find a committee working on a topic...

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Highlights from the FGIA Virtual Summer Conference

Due to the ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the Summer Conference took place on Zoom webinar this year, and the upcoming Fall Conference will follow a similar format as a virtual event. Despite not being held in-person, the Virtual Summer Conference was a wonderful, well-attended event with some timely expert speakers. Feedback from participants has been very helpful to the Meetings department as we start planning the Virtual Fall Conference October (6-8).During the virtual event last month, keynote speaker and former Chicago Bears player Dan Hampton...

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Enjoy Online Access to AAMA, IGMA Documents via FGIA Virtual Library

I usually know that I have a specific document somewhere, but exactly where it is might be a problem. If you have ever had a similar issue in finding FGIA documents, the Fenestration and Glazing Virtual Library (FGVL) is here to help. This resource has existed for several years and provides access to most of the documents in the combined AAMA and IGMA document libraries.With the FGVL, you have 185 documents at your fingertips. On the fenestration side, you can find NAFS, finishes and component...

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May 19 FGIA Webinar to Tackle COVID-19’s Impact on Economy

FGIA understands there is one story dominating the news cycle and is top of mind for our industry: COVID-19 and its impact on businesses and the economy at large. That’s why FGIA is hosting a webinar about how to navigate these unchartered waters and come out on the other side. Michael Collins, partner and Managing Director of Building Industry Advisors, will lead “Financial Management and Value Preservation in a COVID Economy” on Tuesday, May 19 to answer questions about this very important topic. Registration is...

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Changes Coming to Florida Building Code December 31, 2020

All manufacturers selling products in the state of Florida should be advised that changes are coming soon to the Florida Building Code (FBC). The code development cycle for the next edition of the FBC - 7th Edition (2020) is almost wrapped up, and as of this blog post writing, it is currently scheduled to go into effect on December 31, 2020. All fenestration manufacturers with current product approvals must have them reapproved under the new code. While these changes mean action must be taken by...

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