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2023 Economic Year in Review | U.S. and Canada

As 2023 comes to an end, it’s a good time to look back at the performance of both the U.S. and Canadian economies this year. Much has happened in both countries, and we might be able to glean some insight into the coming year based on what we’ve seen in the last 12 months. Let’s take a look at the state of the economy in both countries and look forward to 2024.The U.S. Economy TodayDespite strong forecasts early in the year that the U.S. was...

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Celebrating One Year of FGIA FENBC Region Activities

As of September 1, it has officially been one year since the newest FGIA region was created by the Association, a milestone that was celebrated during the recent FGIA FENBC Region Technical Summit held on October 18. It has been a big year for the FENBC Region, full of British Columbia-centric events with speakers and presentations most of interest to those in BC. The region’s leaders have been committed to both residential and commercial knowledge sharing. Let’s take a look back at the previous year...

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Catch FGIA’s Education Sessions at GlassBuild Covering Seismic Movement, Product Certification

The 20th GlassBuild America is getting closer. Not only is this a must-see event for the industry, it also serves as a great training ground for all levels of knowledge when it comes to glass and fenestration. FGIA is an association sponsor of the show and we are thrilled to be hosting two new education sessions at the show this year. Learn about performance of fenestration and glass when it comes to seismic movement and sit in on a session delivering insights on successfully managing...

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Gear Up for Denver: The 2023 FGIA Fall Conference is Almost Here

I can’t stress enough how much I am looking forward to being in Denver, CO for the FGIA Fall Conference September 18-21. September is beautiful in the Centennial State, with ideal weather and scenery. Don’t miss this gorgeous location – register now for the Fall Conference and enjoy event attractions like the annual FGIA Product Showcase, an array of networking opportunities, dozens of working meetings and a slate of industry-focused speakers.FGIA Product ShowcaseThe FGIA Product Showcase Tuesday night, September 19 provides conference participants with the...

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Save the Date for the 2023 IG Fabricators Workshop

It’s that time of the year again: it is time to schedule your travel for the popular FGIA IG Fabricators Workshop, held in-person each November at the Intertek facility in Plano, TX! This year’s workshop will be November 7-9 and registration for this three-day, hands-on training opens in August. There is always a waitlist, so be sure to claim your spot early.The IG Fabricators Workshop addresses best practices for the most important aspects of fabricating and testing IG units. Since its launch in 2016, the...

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Get the Latest Market Study Information with the 2022/2023 FGIA U.S. Statistical Review and Forecast

Thanks to a recent webinar, FGIA members had the opportunity to have their specific questions answered about the market study research FGIA commissions each year, offering historic and current market information as well as forecasts into the coming years. The most recent report, the FGIA 2022/2023 U.S. Industry Review and Forecast, was released in May. It is a compilation of statistical data from government and industry sources useful in forecasting industry outlook. This report, coming in at 18 pages, contains unit or square footage data...

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FGIA Advances Its Canadian Presence at Top Glass and Upcoming Events in British Columbia

What an amazing experience it was to attend Top Glass in Mississauga, Ontario last month! Along with Amy Roberts, FGIA Director of Canadian and Technical Glass Operations, we had the opportunity to connect with literally hundreds of professionals in the Canadian fenestration and glass industry in the FGIA booth. We met so many people that day and I look forward to going back to Top Glass! Thanks to Patrick Flannery and his team at Annex Media, the organizer of the event, for putting on such...

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Join FGIA in Vancouver, BC June 12-15 for the 2023 Summer Conference | Registration Now Open

Our first in-person conference in Canada since AAMA and IGMA unified to form FGIA is almost here. In June, FGIA members will be traveling to Vancouver, BC to get a new take on several facets of the fenestration and glazing industries and to meet many of our FGIA FENBC Region members where they live and work. This conference has a jam-packed schedule that ranges from big topics like bird-friendly glass and safety culture in the workplace to off-site activities like whale watching, a tour of...

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Know Your Hardware in Advance of Window Safety Week

Every spring, FGIA makes sure the industry is talking about an important issue: window safety. You might notice that our monthly newsletter, FGIA e-News, and our three monthly blogs in March all discuss Window Safety Week, recognized the first full week of April each year. That is because FGIA is a dedicated member of the Window Safety Task Force, a group that seeks to heighten the awareness of what parents and caregivers should do to help keep their homes and families safer from the risks...

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Now Available | The Newest Version of the North American Fenestration Standard

We were able to announce some great breaking news at the 2023 FGIA Annual Conference about the impending release of the latest version of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS). As of February 23, it is now available! This is thanks to the hard work of representatives from three different industry Associations: CSA Group , FGIA and Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).The updated 2022 standard replaces the 2017 edition, representing a continued evolution of the standard to improve harmonization across North America. All three...

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