#6 The Floor is Filling, Housing is Open and Meet Decoral Systems

GlassBuild America is growing — and we couldn’t be more excited about the show this year!  Over 65% of the trade show floor is sold and more exhibitors are joining the list every day.  To read the latest press release about the amazing exhibit sales at GlassBuild America, click here.

Housing Open!

The all new GlassBuild America accommodations page is now live!  Pick from the best hotels in Las Vegas and get special discounted rates.  The LVH is back as our headquarters hotel and new this year, we have added some of the most popular hotels on the famous Las Vegas strip to our listings!

Exhibitor Spotlight:

decoral logoThis week’s interview is with Enrico Piva of Decoral Systems USA

Road: Powder coat systems have really come a long way in the last few years, what has Decoral done to offer their customers more variety?

Enrico: We are offering new finishes, such as wood grains, marbles and granites and any custom images like logos, pictures etc.

Road: On your website there’s quite a bit of innovative product and systems shown, can you tell us more about the great technology you have?

Enrico: We have 3 main technologies which can be applied in a variety of substrates:

1)   DECORAL technology which is suited mainly for the decoration of extrusions, flat or embossed sheets.

2)   IR-3D technology which is suited mainly for the decoration of 3Dimensional metal objects and decoration of MDF material.

3)   HORIZON technology which is suited for the decoration of PVC, vinyl profiles and fiberglass poltrusions using UV lights, so this technology works at low temperature.

Road: We are thrilled for you to be at our show once again this year, why is exhibiting at GlassBuild America so important for you?

Enrico: We are the world leader in the decoration of aluminum and PVC extrusions and we would like to make people aware that these technologies exist, so now it is possible to have an exterior aluminum or PVC profile decorated in a beautiful wood grain finish, with the durability of metal and plastic but without the maintenance of the real wood.

Thank you Enrico!  We’ll see you at the show September 9-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. 

You can visit Decoral Systems on the GlassBuild America floor in booth #1438 or catch them online at www.decoralamerica.com



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#5 Adding Styles & Stunning Finishes to Windows, Our Product Spotlight Shines on The Georgian Bar Company

GlassBuild America is the home for innovative products from all over the world.  At our upcoming show in September at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a company from the United Kingdom will be showing off some colorful approaches to the window business.  Let’s point the Road to GlassBuild Product Spotlight on The Georgian Bar Company and their Commercial Director, Phillip Dewhurst Jr.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Road: Can you tell our audience more about your company and the products you offer?

Phillip: Georgian style windows are stylish, elegant and a firm favorite with home owners and planners alike. However, before we patented our revolutionary design, the only way to achieve the look on a double glazed unit was to stick the bars to the glass – a solution which made installation difficult and frequently required remedial work to reapply dislodged bars especially in warmer climates. Our solution clips onto the window via a u-clip which is placed around the glass prior to beading.

Our Geo Fast system removes all of the problems associated with Georgian style windows and results in a stunning finish. Geo Fast is remarkable for its simplicity, yet has rapidly gained industry wide approval for its ease of installation and durability and has been acclaimed for its aesthetic appeal. geo barsThis has resulted in us becoming the market leader for external bars in the UK. It can be installed retrospectively and reused in the event of breakage of glazed units. The Geo Fast system will make your life easier – and provide a real opportunity to optimize profit potential. We supply our Geofast products to the Vinyl window systems companies such as Rehau, Veka, Eurocell, Profine, Liniar, & Deceuninck and also directly to window fabricators.

geofast system

Road: Your headquarters are in the UK.  How is the economy there?  Are there positive indicators of growth?

Phillip: The UK has just been upgraded by the IMF to a predicted growth of 2.4% in 2014 – this outstrips the Eurozone who are predicted to grow 1% but falls short of USA who should be enjoying a 2.8% growth for this year. It has certainly been a tough few years for the world economy and I believe that the UK has ‘weathered the storm’ admirably and managed far better than most. We achieved this mainly with tough austerity measures to reduce government budgets and spending.

The window industry here has seen a huge variance of effects over the last few years. With everything seemingly on track now most of our customers are reporting strong growth and increased consumer confidence throughout 2013 and into 2014.

Our company has grown each year throughout the last 11 years since its inception. We are fortunate to have a unique product which helped us to grow more easily through the financial crisis than other sectors of our industry. We have worked very hard to develop new markets and work alongside our UK customer base to ensure sustained company and product growth.

Road: You are now coming to the United States to promote your products. Aside from the floor at GlassBuild, how will attendees be able to purchase your materials?

Phillip: As we speak we are currently working on a supply & distribution agreement for the US market with a prominent Window systems company based in the USA. So watch this space! All will be revealed soon on how we plan to make our Geofast product available for US consumers.

Road: This is your first time exhibiting at GlassBuild America, and I noticed on your excellent website that last year was your first time ever showing at any trade show.  How was that experience and why did you choose GlassBuild America to be a place for you to show your products?

Phillip: Our company was at the stage where we had gained real market presence and in fact had become the market leader in external astragal bars. Many of our largest customers were going to exhibit at the FiTshow last year so we decided that this was an opportunity to support our customers who are Systems companies (who distribute via their network) by exhibiting alongside them and assist in increasing the knowledge of the product with their fabricator customer base.

Within the first 10 minutes of the show we were approached by a large international company who wanted to take our products to 30 countries. So to say the least we were very happy with the results of the show even if it had only given us that developing lead. Further to that it allowed us to connect with existing customers and generate sales from them and indeed new ones.

Now that we have our USA and Canadian patents granted it seemed that it would be the next logical step to showcase our products in such a vast and exciting market. External decorative bars on windows are extremely popular in the USA and our Geofast range will revolutionize the application, production and long-term stability of astragals.

Glassbuild is the premier window and door exhibition in North America and as such it provides the perfect platform for us to launch Geofast to the USA. We are all very excited at bringing our UK innovation across the Atlantic and we very much hope you can come by and see us in the innovations pavilion.

Thank you Phillip, we look forward to seeing you at the show, September 9-11, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV booth # 1334

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#4: Catching up with energy efficiency pioneer Intus Windows plus trends to see on the floor in the fall!

In the world of windows, energy performance is paramount.  For almost 20 years Intus Windows has had an intense focus on providing innovative energy-efficient products.  While at GlassBuild America in Atlanta, we stopped by their booth and found out more.

You can see all of the products from Intus Windows at GlassBuild America- September 9-11 in Las Vegas.


The latest issue of Glass Magazine is out and features the 2014 Top Fabricators list.

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Included with the rundown of the Top Fabricators are the “hot” products that those companies are innovating each and every day.

MANY of those products will be on the floor come September at GlassBuild America.  For a preview CLICK HERE.

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#3: Decorative Options Everywhere, A Spotlight on Glass Coatings and Concepts

GlassBuild America always has a wide range of product offerings and one segment has been growing quite fast over the years.  Decorative glazing has gone from niche product line to mainstream and the available options have designers using decorative more than ever before.  Over the coming months, we’ll shine our spotlight on several decorative glass players that you’ll be able to get to know at GlassBuild America this fall.  One such manufacturer is Glass Coatings and Concepts and while on the floor this past year in Atlanta, we caught up with them to see the styles they are bringing to market.

Stay in touch with GlassBuild America by following us on Twitter @GlassBuild.  Every time a new post appears here, we’ll alert our followers on Twitter first!  For more about the plans for the show including dates and times, please visit our website at www.GlassBuildAmerica.com.

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#2: The Glass, Window and Door Industries Are Meeting!

Where? At GlassBuild America, September 9-11 in Las Vegas!

For 11 years, GlassBuild America has brought an extensive range of the latest glass, window and door products to the trade show floor; and 2014 promises to be no different. With over 350 exhibitors expected at this year’s event, it is primed to benefit all who participate.

Business Happens at GlassBuild America…from the moment you visit our updated website to the moment you step on the trade show floor and even when you return to your office after three days of networking with over 6,000 industry professionals. The business that happens at GlassBuild America extends past the trade show floor; it continues to have a positive impact on your bottom line the whole year.

GlassBuild America is where trusted relationships are developed with face-to-face encounters, where products and technologies are displayed and demonstrated, where deals are made that take businesses to the next level and where knowledge is gained of the most recent strides in the glass, window and door industry.

Visit the GlassBuild America 2014 website today, and mark your calendar with the dates and details. Don’t forget to visit often – updates will occur throughout the coming weeks. To stay tuned-in to all of the latest show news, follow us on Twitter (@GlassBuild) and here on The Road to GlassBuild America.

Upcoming issues include spotlights on 2014 exhibitors, hotel and travel information, exciting announcements about new programs at GlassBuild America 2014, and more!

Vegas Means Business…and It Happens at GlassBuild America

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#1 – Get Out Your NEW calendars and SAVE THE DATE!

Happy New Year!  At GlassBuild America headquarters, we are well underway building the show that you cannot afford to miss in 2014.  Do you know why?  Because GlassBuild America is “Where Business Happens.”  Every year, GlassBuild America brings together the best of the best in the glass, window, and door industry.  So much is accomplished over three days at GlassBuild America —  networking, education, sales, job creation, recruitment, innovative product introductions, live demonstrations and more.

GlassBuild America is where this all happens… WHERE BUSINESS HAPPENS!

And while Las Vegas promotes that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” that’s not the case with your industry’s event.  What happens while you are here makes a tremendous difference in the way your business and career can grow after you leave!

So save the date… September 9-11, 2014.  More information on our new hotel list  and registration are coming soon.  In the meantime, let’s take a video look on why GlassBuild America is the destination for any glass professional this fall:

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#25 A Truly INNOVATIVE Show


The Innovative Product Pavilion at GlassBuild America continues to grow and be a target destination for the glass, window and door industry.  Starting in 2009 with 17 companies the pavilion has grown steadily with 62 companies being involved this past September

17 companies were first timers at GlassBuild America and 16 were International  participants.


Get your business ahead of the curve with products from the Innovative suppliers that participated this year.  This LINK can tell you more!


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