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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Walker
703/442-4890, ext. 153

MAJOR GLASS COMPANY PARTNERS WITH NGA ON TECHNICIAN TRAINING
PROGRAM IS FIRST OF ITS KIND IN INDUSTRY

WASHINGTON, DC  (July 24, 2006) – The National Glass Association (NGA) announced today that it is partnering with Diamond Glass Companies to implement a fast-track training program for their technicians that incorporates existing NGA training material and its groundbreaking new online training platform, MyGlassClass.com.

“Our expectation is that—with the help of the expertise and experience of the NGA—all of our glass technicians will be certified by the second quarter of 2007,” explained Charles Turiello, Director of Quality Assurance and Safety for Diamond Glass Companies.  “This is truly an exciting time at Diamond Glass.”

Phil James, NGA President & CEO, agreed.  “We are very impressed by the moves made by Diamond Glass to seal their reputation as an industry leader.  They are putting actions behind their words by focusing their entire company on safety and training and setting the standard for all auto glass companies to follow.”

Diamond Glass Companies also will form an internal council comprising auto glass industry leaders, including representatives from a leading industry supplier, adhesive manufacturer and auto glass training facility.  It will provide the industry with timely updates and innovative advances that will impact auto glass installation safety.

Karen Christopher, President of Diamond Glass Companies added, “It’s a new day in auto glass, and Diamond Glass is poised to greet it with enthusiasm and leadership. Our alliances with the NGA and AGRSS will move the entire industry forward to meet the challenges we face in the future.”

“We are thrilled with the way a company the caliber of Diamond Glass has embraced our training programs, so much so that even the CEO and President will participate in NGA training, along with more than 1,000 employees,” said NGA Vice President for Association Services David Walker.  “Our hope is that more and more companies will follow the lead of Diamond Glass and partner with us to create a workforce with cutting-edge skills across the board.”

For more information on the partnership between Diamond Glass and the NGA, or information on MyGlassClass.com, contact the NGA’s David Walker at 703/442-4890, ext 153.

About NGA
Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the entire flat glass industry. Based outside Washington, DC, NGA offers certification, education and training, and serves the industry with the leading trade publications—Glass Magazine®, Window & Door®, and AutoGlass™. NGA currently hosts GlassBuild America®: The Glass, Window & Door Expo and the National Auto Glass Conference & EXPO.