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Window Safety | Knowing the Differences in Window Hardware Types

One of the important tips for Window Safety Week recognizes the use of proper hardware to limit window openings. When it comes to window hardware, it can sometimes be confusing to distinguish between which type of hardware is required for a given application or opening. For example, night latches and vent limiters may sometimes be confused with window opening control devices (WOCDs). But even though they may look or seem similar, they serve distinctly different purposes. When it comes to safety, it’s essential to make...

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5 Traits of Great Leaders

As FGIA’s executive director, I have a lot of responsibilities, but limited time. After more than 20 years of experience in the industry, the last several of which have been in executive roles, I have learned a lot about leadership. With the online FGIA Leadership Development Program currently open for enrollment, I’ve been thinking about leadership lately and have settled on five traits that I’ve observed in great leaders and that I believe can go a long way to making sure your team is...

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Celebrate Exemplary Members at the FGIA Virtual Annual Conference

We at FGIA are thrilled to announce the opening of registration for the 2021 FGIA Virtual Annual Conference, which will be held February 23-25. This three-day industry event can be attended from anywhere, with breaks built in to accommodate a range of time zones. Plus, an upgrade option is available for those companies who seek multiple registrations from different locations. Let’s get into some of the highlights for this much-anticipated fenestration and glass event.First off: Back by popular demand, economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl will...

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The Industry Prepares for 2021

2020 has certainly been a year of challenges for our industry. It is a difficult prospect, looking into 2021 and attempting to predict what is to come, but we at FGIA remain optimistic about the coming year.It is with much relief that I can report many fenestration and glass industry companies performed better financially this year than they may have feared earlier in 2020. While for many it was not as lucrative as the first couple of months of 2020 indicated, recovery did come, and...

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FGIA Seeks Ways to Ease Members’ Burdens Resulting from COVID-19

Now that the holiday season has arrived, things are winding down for 2020. But what is not taking a break is FGIA’s commitment to our industry, more important now than ever with the unexpected changes brought by COVID-19. Last month, FGIA sent a survey to members to ask how companies have fared this year, and what FGIA can do to continue to ease their burdens. Three things were frequently requested by membership: education opportunities; a return to in-person conferences; and ways to combat the labor...

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10 Things FGIA Members Can do to Protect Workers During COVID-19

We had an interesting safety speaker at the recent FGIA Virtual Fall Conference. Michael Cook, Corporate Safety Director for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, shared what his company has done during the spread of COVID-19 to adapt workspaces and ensure employees’ safety in the pandemic.Here are some tips Cook shared:Stay current on advances in COVID safety devices and strategies which have evolved since the onset of the pandemicOffer more paid leave so workers do not feel pressured to come to work sickProvide facial coverings along with other standard...

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Learn the Latest on Fenestration and Glazing Trends, Forecasts at the FGIA Virtual Fall Conference

FGIA staff is eagerly preparing for the Virtual Fall Conference October 6-8 and we are all excited to share the knowledge and expertise of several speakers. Our presenters will focus on topics our members care about most, like the state of a post-COVID-19 economy, safety awareness during the pandemic, fenestrations of the future, commercial design trends for fenestration and glazing and more. If you haven’t already, you can still get access by registering now. Early bird pricing ends Monday, September 28.If you attended the Virtual...

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FGIA to Cover Education Programs, Field Testing, Preventing IG Failures at GlassBuild Connect September 1-30

As announced last month, FGIA is pleased to participate as an association partner in GlassBuild Connect: The Glass & Fenestration Online Experience, taking place September 1-30 at GlassBuild.com. We have prepared a slate of interesting and educational sessions that we are excited to share with participants, and we hope you’ll join us for this popular industry event in its new virtual setting. Read on for details of what to expect from FGIA at GlassBuild Connect.Starting September 1, those who register at GlassBuild.com can connect to...

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Use the FGIA Leadership Program to Strengthen Your Career Path

Sometimes leaders are born, and sometimes they are built. You may already have the necessary knowledge to teach others and may have or be pursuing a management-level role. However, knowledge and experience do not always equate to skilled leadership. That is why FGIA is proud to offer the Leadership Development Program, which is geared toward honing skills to effectively lead your team.The FGIA Leadership Development Program focuses on the soft skills leaders need to achieve their full potential. Everyone in the workforce develops hard skills...

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FGIA 2019/2020 U.S. Industry Market Studies Available, Now with New Sections

Every spring, we get eager emails and questions from members about the latest market information. That’s because spring is the time of year when we release the newest data available pertaining to the window, door and skylight markets in the United States. We are pleased to announce that the FGIA 2019/2020 U.S. Industry Market Studies were released on May 29. A complimentary copy was sent to the main contact of each FGIA Category 1 and 2 member company that same day.DuckerFrontier, who administers the study...

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