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Registration Now Open for FGIA 2021 Virtual Western Region Summit

Registration is now open for the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance's FGIA 2021 Virtual Western Region Summit to be held August 24. The summit will feature expert speakers from key Western states to discuss critical legislative and code topics related to Washington’s chemical regulations, California’s Prop 65 and Title 24 and updates for wildland urban interface areas and energy conservation in the region, plus a panel discussion on innovative labor practices in a post-pandemic environment.“This event is specific to those affiliated with the FGIA Western Region,...

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FGIA Restructures Staff; Kathy Krafka Harkema Promoted, Technical Trainer Position Added

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announces the restructuring of several staff positions at the Association to accommodate a growing organization focused on multiple facets of the industry. This restructure includes the promotion of Kathy Krafka Harkema from U.S. Codes and Regulatory Affairs Manager to the newly-created position of U.S. Technical Operations Director as of August 1. Krafka Harkema will retain her work in the regulatory monitoring and reporting realm but cede some codes work to ICC and Florida Code Consultant, Jen Hatfield. FGIA...

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Registration Now Open for FGIA 2021 Hybrid Fall Conference; In-Person, Virtual Options Available

Registration is now open for the FGIA 2021 Hybrid Fall Conference to be held October 18-21, with both in-person and virtual ways to participate. Author and body language expert Janine Driver will reprise her role as the event’s keynote speaker and will share her expertise with both in-person and virtual audiences. Register now for in-person or virtual access. Early bird registration rates for both are available through September 24. The in-person event will take place at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix,...

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Interested in FGIA's IG Fabricators Workshop? Let FGIA Know

After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, the popular in-person IG Fabricators Workshop will return to Plano, TX this November. Those interested in attending a future workshop can fill out the short form below.This is typically a well-attended industry workshop, but because it is such a hands-on, participatory event where individuals must be in close proximity to get the full experience, it was not feasible to host in 2020. As a result, much interest is anticipated for the 2021 workshop.For those unable to travel...

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FGIA Releases New Technical Manual for IG Units

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released a new technical manual providing generic design considerations for cavity compensation for insulating glass (IG) units and determining conditions which impact the pressure in the IG unit cavity. IGMA TM 3200-21, Design Considerations for IG Unit Cavity Pressure Compensation, is FGIA’s newest technical manual.“The TM-3200 document is helpful for anyone who is interested in or involved with the installation of IGUs at an elevation that differs from the elevation at which they were built,” said Dan...

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Lisa Heschong Shares Data on Benefits of Daylighting at FGIA 2021 Virtual Summer Conference

Lisa Heschong, author and scientific researcher, took to the virtual stage during the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) 2021 Virtual Summer Conference to share her findings on the benefits of daylighting and window views. A licensed architect, Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and a Founding Principal of the Heschong Mahone Group (HMG), Heschong spoke about the many benefits of daylighting and how the fenestration and glazing industry is poised to take advantage of these attributes, all of which is covered in her...

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OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Serves as Valuable Safety Resource for Plants

Participants at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) 2021 Virtual Summer Conference learned more about a voluntary safety program focused on excellence from one of its administrators as well as an FGIA member company participant. Brad Baptiste, Regional Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Manager for OSHA Region VIII, and Rob Grommesh, Insulating Glass (IG) Technical Service Manager for Cardinal Glass Industries, shared how manufacturers can succeed in safety through the OSHA VPP, which seeks to help manufacturing sites reach zero incidents and injuries.According to Grommesh,...

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FGIA Speaker Encourages Participation in Manufacturing Day to Provide Opportunities to Develop Labor Force

During the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) 2021 Virtual Summer Conference, participants were encouraged to open their doors to local communities in an active effort to grow their workforces in the midst of the current labor shortage. Julia Asoni, Senior Director of Youth Engagement at the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the social impact affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), shared information and resources for companies to plan successful Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) events this fall.MFG DAY PurposeLaunched annually on the first Friday in...

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FGIA Virtual Summer Conference Keynote Speaker Emphasizes Role of Demographics Research

Demographer Ken Gronbach (KGC Direct) spoke about the importance of the Millennial birth rate, China’s population concerns, social justice and more during his keynote address at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) 2021 Virtual Summer Conference. Gronbach presented “Demographics Precipitate Economics | Profound Strategic Planning for the Post-Pandemic Era” and answered questions about how demographics can inform those in the industry on their companies’ futures.“Demography is destiny,” Gronbach repeated as his refrain, before addressing the ways population tracking and trends can gauge both product...

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New Training Materials and Classes Now Available for FGIA InstallationMasters® Combined Program

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announces the availability of new training materials and classes for the InstallationMasters® Combined Training and Certification Program, which addresses proper installation of windows and doors for both new construction and replacement/remodeling. This program is now available as of June 1 and will replace the “Original” program training materials, which will be sunset as of July 1. An in-person class for individuals interested in becoming newly accredited to teach the InstallationMasters Combined Program installer training is scheduled for August...

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