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Looking Back on 2022, the International Year of Glass

Last year, the United Nations General Assembly formally approved a resolution designating 2022 as the International Year of Glass. And for FGIA, what an international year of glass (and fenestration) it has been! The Association expanded services in parts of Canada, updated FGIA education offerings, released a new glass safety standard and boasted high turnout at FGIA events all year. There was a lot to be thankful for in 2022, but here are a few highlights.Expanded Canadian FocusIn a follow-up to FGIA’s collaboration agreement with...

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Trade Associations Lead the Way in Shaping Industries

Involvement in industry associations can be helpful to individuals and companies in a lot of ways, whether it means having a strong handle on news and updates, gaining knowledge from those closest to the work being done or doing the work yourself to shape an industry’s future. Trade associations like FGIA can gain you and your company access to things like the latest market study information, economic updates, opportunities for professional development and resources that can help your company plan for the future and succeed.Here...

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FGIA Hosting Three Educational Sessions at GlassBuild This October

FGIA is busy gearing up for GlassBuild America 2022, taking place October 18-20 in Las Vegas, NV. GlassBuild presents a unique opportunity for the industry to take advantage of learning opportunities to help advance their careers as well as to promote the availability of educational content to employees, encouraging their continued professional development.Our staff will be hosting three different educational sessions at the trade show, and we are looking forward to sharing our expertise – and visiting our many members at their booths on the...

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Nothing Like In-person Networking | Join FGIA at the Fall Conference

After a long summer, I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things at in-person industry events this fall, including GlassBuild America in Las Vegas, NV and FGIA’s own 2022 Fall Conference this September in Chicago, IL. While we have managed to make the most of getting work done over conference calls and online meetings, I know nothing beats getting to see FGIA members in person. Both GlassBuild and the Fall Conference will offer a ton of much needed networking opportunities, adding...

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Hands-On Learning Key to Success in the Field

In the current highly competitive job market, it is more important now than ever to invest in training and employee professional growth for those on your team. For veteran employees, it reinforces your interest in their career success and in supporting their personal and professional goals. For new employees, it’s a great way to make a first (or early) positive impression – showcasing the type of employer you are and how much value you place on your team.Industry training comes in all shapes and sizes;...

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FGIA Board Shares Outline for Association’s Future Strategic Plans

FGIA has exciting news to share about the activities of the Association moving forward, which include a commitment to high-value in-person events, expanding FGIA’s network of partnerships, broadening the use of FGIA’s education programs and funding crucial industry research projects.The FGIA Board has been doing some strategic planning work throughout the first half of this year, including the completion of a two-day retreat which took place May 12-13 as a hybrid event, with the majority of Board members participating in person. During the retreat, the...

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Online or In Person, Engage in the IG Fabricators Workshop

You’ve probably heard about FGIA’s IG Fabricators Workshop, which is held in person each year at an Intertek facility in Plano, TX. The next opportunity to participate in this hands-on workshop is November 1-3, so save the date and prepare your team now.But did you know there is also a summary video version of this training? This video series can be viewed on your own time and mirrors the training offered in person.Since its launch in 2016, the IG Fabricator Workshop, led by industry experts,...

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Preview the FGIA Virtual Summer Conference Schedule

Have you seen the preliminary schedule for the 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference? It’s now available, with a final schedule expected by May 11. Register today for company-wide access to the FGIA Virtual Summer Conference, taking place June 6-9. Tier 1 early bird registration rates are available until May 11.As always, the meeting schedule will continue to address association business and committee work but with additional focus on Canadian issues. Plus, members can expect to hear firsthand about the results...

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Empower Your Employees with Window Safety Knowledge

It is finally spring! I hope you have been enjoying the warmer weather outdoors as much as my family has. As always, with higher temperatures comes the challenge of ensuring the practice of good window safety. Companies that manufacture fenestration and glazing products for residential or commercial markets can benefit from having window safety knowledge on hand – being proactive and informed shows your customers you care about their wellbeing and that of their families. Read on for why your company should take up the cause...

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Five Tips for Hosting Hybrid Events like the 2022 FGIA Annual Conference

In October, FGIA learned a lot from hosting the 2021 FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference in Phoenix, AZ – our first ever hybrid event. Offering in-person and virtual formats concurrently was a challenge, but we were proud to be able to offer an array of content options for two different audiences based on both their comfort levels and their companies’ willingness to allow travel. We will be reprising these roles next week at the 2022 FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference in Amelia Island, FL. In preparation for...

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