Welcome to The Road to GlassBuild America!
Thank you for visiting the debut edition of The Road to GlassBuild America! This space will be dedicated to bringing you exciting news on “The Show of Shows”, interviews with exhibitors or attendees and video spotlights from companies that fill the show floor. Check out what we have below and thanks for joining us on The Road!
Happy New Year! We hope the start of 2012 is treating everyone well. To kick off this first edition we look optimistically to the future and caught up with some GlassBuild exhibitors and get their thoughts on the start of the New Year.
Douglas Canfield- Casso Solar Technologies, LLC:
“Best wishes for a happy, healthy and profitable 2012 from the team at Casso-Solar Technologies. We look forward to seeing everyone at GlassBuild America in Las Vegas at booth #1745.”
Matt Kottke- Truth Hardware:
“Truth Hardware’s family of employees would like to extend our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. We are looking forward to an exciting GlassBuild 2012 and a year that is truly ‘better from every perspective’.”
The gang from Wood’s Powr-Grip:
“Wood’s Powr-Grip would like to say “thank you” for making 2011 GlassBuild a success! We wish everyone a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you at GlassBuild America 2012″
The Road Q&A – Getting insights from all angles of the show!
In this edition we catch up with Erin Johnson, Marketing Director, PR, Advertising & Marketing Materials Quanex Engineered Products Group
Q: Happy New Year to you and everyone at Quanex. So we have to ask, if Quanex as a company had a New Years’ resolution what would that be and why?
A: In the New Year and beyond, we are dedicated to reshaping the way companies in the window and door industry, and building products in general, think about their suppliers. By reinvesting in our people and technology we not only offer a deep breadth of components, but will also become the source for total service through industry knowledge, technology advancement and customer care.
Q: There are many economic forecasts out there. We’d love to hear what the experts inside Quanex are thinking as it pertains to our industry in 2012?
A: I’d like to defer to my colleague Mike Hovan (Senior Vice President–Sales & Marketing of the Quanex Engineered Products Group) as he was asked a very similar question by John Swanson of Window & Door magazine and here’s what he said:
We’re expecting a flat 2012. Because the underlying economic issues are not resolved – high unemployment, banks not lending and lack of consumer confidence – this will not be the year where we’ll see a turnaround. All of these things, combined with 2012 being an election year, are not helping improve the current economic situation.
Q: The world inside Quanex is always evolving. What new products or services will we see from you this year? (If you are allowed to tell us yet)
A: Our combined teams have been hard at work using each other’s strengths and expertise to develop a number of new products that will debut this year. Look for new developments in window systems, IG systems and window and door components, as well as expanded service offerings. All of our new products are designed to take the fenestration industry to the next level and to help ensure that our customers are able to meet the ENERGY STAR 2013 requirements and beyond.
Q: Recently there was a very spirited online debate about trade shows and their worthiness. Quanex is obviously a major trade show player and a great supporter of GlassBuild America (THANK YOU!). With that said, why do you exhibit and what do people miss when they don’t exhibit or attend national shows like GlassBuild America?
A: For us, the number one priority at trade shows, especially GlassBuild America, has been networking. Where else can you find so many of your customers all in one place? We prefer to use the opportunity to thank our customers, whether it’s by providing a glimpse at new technologies or by creating educational opportunities that will help them be more profitable and take advantage of industry trends. We have the best customers in the industry, so showing them a fun time is also a factor when planning for GlassBuild America.
To answer your other question, whether you go to GlassBuild America or not, chances are your competition will be there. By not attending events like this, you could miss out on new technologies or a nugget of information that gives you (or your competition) the next big idea to get ahead in the marketplace.
If you are interested in sponsoring future editions or being more involved in the show, contact Jennifer Robinson at jennifer@GlassBuildAmerica.com or by phone at 770-416-8023.
This time out we visit with Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions. At GlassBuild America 2011 in Atlanta, we caught up with this major glass and aluminum fabricator and found out what they had going on.