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September 2, 2020
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GlassBuild Connect Kicks Off

GlassBuild Connect, being held online at, opened yesterday and will run through Sept. 30. For the next month, the industry will have access to a packed schedule featuring industry-focused programming and product exploration, presentations, demonstrations, roundtables, Q&As and more. More than 300 industry suppliers are participating as exhibitors, while 16 leading associations and organizations collaborated with NGA on content. Registration is free. Register Today

This Week's Can't-Miss Fenestration Education
Fenestration Canada is taking over education during Fenestration Friday at GlassBuild Connect. Best of Tech Talks with Fenestration Canada will include a check in from president Stephane Labelle and Window + Door associate publisher Emily Thompson, followed by a curated playlist of the most popular Tech Talks from the year. See the Full Schedule

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Veka Launches Site to Discover Products, Resources
Deceuninck Presents High-performance Systems at GlassBuild Connect
Jeld-Wen Expands Production at Alabama Facility
Velux Group Commits to become Lifetime Carbon Neutral
NAM Initiative Promotes COVID-19 Safety
Home Building Shifts to the Suburbs
Skilled Labor Fund Receives Grant to Educate 1,400 New Skilled Laborers
Product Spotlight
Quanex Is Here and Can Help Reduce Your Screen Time
Struggling with inventory? Devoting too much floor space to screens production? Looking to boost plant efficiency?
Quanex’s full-service screens outsourcing solutions can help. Built to your exact specifications, packaged to your preference and delivered according to your production schedule, count on Quanex to meet your every need. Eliminate extra inventory, save costs and floor space, and redirect your capital to higher-margin manufacturing. Learn More.
The Talk
Gumption: In the Glass and Fenestration Industry, We Press On. Always.
By Andrew Haring

Good golly what I wouldn’t give for some good ol’ fashioned precedented times, finally. Don’t worry, this isn’t another “in this together” warm and fuzzy read—you can find those elsewhere, some even penned by me. This one is about business and perspective. This is a battle cry.

Flashback to March, when the concept and threat of COVID was largely unfamiliar and its duration and impacts unknown and debated. Six months later we’re still debating, but we can all agree the economy took it on the chin, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors where you and I play. Projects stopped, plants shut down and people got laid off.

We got hurt. But we’re a scrappy sort. We rallied, pivoted and changed the way we operate in the field, plant and office. We changed the way we sold and procured. Our funnels and supply chains were tested and triaged. We ditched the conference rooms for Zooms, lunch n’ learns for webinars, and forgot to unmute ourselves 40 percent of the time. Ideal? No. But we adapt, make do and find a way.

And now we’ll find ourselves being tested and maneuvering again this September, the time of year where, historically, professionals of all walks and corners of this industry come together to build. Be it themselves personally, their businesses, their vendor list, their production line, customer base or professional network. People come together with plans and expectations to buy, sell and learn, and many companies have relied on GlassBuild America to be that vehicle for decades. Read More






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