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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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FGIA 2021 Virtual Summer Conference Speakers to Cover Economy, Workforce Building, Safety, More

Speakers at the 2021 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference will offer insights into big industry questions such as what the economy might look like later this year, how to grow one’s workforce and why companies should consider opting into OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. These conversations and more will take place online June 22-24.As FGIA has reported, conference keynote speaker Ken Gronbach, President of KGC Direct, will give a presentation entitled, “Demographics Precipitate Economics: Profound Strategic Planning for the Post-Pandemic Era.” Gronbach’s...

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FGIA to Host Hybrid Fall Conference with In-Person and Online Options

In support of helping the industry continue to move toward re-opening, the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announces that its 2021 Fall Conference will offer an in-person event option. The conference will benefit from a hybrid format in which participants may choose to either attend physically at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ, or connect virtually. The conference will be held October 18-21, with registration opening in early July.“This new hybrid format seeks to continue serving our members in every...

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Registration Now Open for FGIA 2021 Virtual Summer Conference; Keynote Speaker to Link Demographics and Economy

Registration is now open for the 2021 FGIA Virtual Summer Conference, which will be held June 22-24, and is the last fully-virtual event on the FGIA conference calendar. Keynote speaker Ken Gronbach, President of KGC Direct, will give a presentation entitled, “Demographics Precipitate Economics: Profound Strategic Planning for the Post-Pandemic Era.” Early bird registration rates are available through June 8. Register now.Gronbach’s presentation will explore the common sense, easy-to-understand, counter-intuitive and fascinating realm of demography. He will bring listeners into his world of counting people...

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FGIA Meetings Manager Florence Nicolici to Retire in May

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announces the impending retirement of longtime FGIA Meetings Manager, Florence Nicolici, who will retire from the Association on May 31, 2021 after 36 years of service.“I am in awe of Florence’s expansive career,” said Janice Yglesias, FGIA Executive Director. “Her work ethic and commitment have consistently been an inspiration to our team. Over the years, she has been a guide, coach, confidant, role model, voice of reason and friend to many. Her contributions to the organization’s success are...

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FGIA Releases 2020/2021 Industry Review and Forecast

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released the FGIA 2020/2021 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast. This report delivers timely information on window, door and skylight market trends and product relationships. Historic data for 2012 through 2020 and forecast data for 2021 through 2023 are also included in the report. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2021.Housing StartsTotal housing starts rebounded strongly after an initial COVID-19 slowdown and ended with strong gains for the year. Growth of 11.5...

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May 18 Webinar to Ease Compliance with Quality Management for Certification

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “Quality Management for Certification: Compliance Made Easier” on Tuesday, May 18 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. During this webinar, attendees will learn best practices for developing and organizing a Quality Management System (QMS) manual, or how to improve an existing one. This webinar is complimentary and open to the public.To qualify for certification under the North American Fenestration Standard or National Fenestration Rating Council specifications, in addition to third-party laboratory verification of product performance,...

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FGIA Releases New Document Setting Requirements for Synthetic Laminates for All Substrates

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released a new specification establishing minimum requirements for in-process quality control requirements for applicators of synthetic laminates to substrates used in windows, doors and skylights. AAMA 664-21, Voluntary Specification for In-Process Quality Control Requirements for Applicators of Synthetic Interior and Exterior Laminates to Substrates of: Cellulosic Composite, Cellular Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Fiber Reinforced Thermoset, Finished Aluminum, Rigid and Reinforced Thermoplastic, and Wood, is now available for purchase.“After having extracted, condensed and updated quality control requirements out of...

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Key Takeaways from Speakers | FGIA Virtual Annual Conference Highlights

The FGIA Virtual Annual Conference featured several experts sharing important information, including economic recovery, plant safety, fenestration installation and design trends. Also during the conference, FGIA recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the Virtual Annual Awards Ceremony. Key points from conference speakers are highlighted below.“We are predicting manufacturing recovery levels in 2021 to be better than 2019, and staying there. We've been coming out of this recession at a pretty rapid clip, unlike in 2008.”-Dr. Chris Kuehl, economist...

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FGIA Updates Specification for Sliding Door, Lift and Slide Roller Assemblies

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released an updated version of a document pertaining to roller assemblies, with or without height adjustment features, for use in sliding doors and lift and slide doors. AAMA 906-21, Specification for Sliding Door and Lift and Slide Roller Assemblies, was last updated in 2018.“The AAMA 906 task group made quick work of an important update to capture a market trend toward heavy sliding doors,” said Matt Taylor (HOPPE North America), Co-Chair of the FGIA Heavy Duty Roller...

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