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Contact: Debi Schneider


WASHINGTON, DC  (August 25, 2006) – The National Glass Association announced today that one of the largest independent glass companies in the southeast, Lee & Cates Glass, has become the latest subscriber to its cutting-edge on-line training program,  The company will send more than 100 technicians through the program.    

“In order for our company to remain successful, we need to ensure that our employees are the most skilled in the industry, and is the best way for us to do that,” said Tom Lee, President of Lee & Cates Glass and Chairman of the NGA.  “Because of my involvement with the NGA, I know that this program is absolutely the most comprehensive and convenient way to train and certify technicians.” was launched in June and offers dozens of courses specifically designed for the automotive  commercial and residential glass industries, ranging from safety instruction to professional development to individual certification.  It was developed in partnership with leaders in the glass industry and will be continually updated and enhanced to reflect industry needs, with more than 100 course offerings planned for the first year. 

“Our subscription to will not only provide the best training out there for our technicians, it will also make my job easier by giving me the ability to monitor and track their progress,” said Bob Garner, Vice President and Director of HR for Lee & Cates Glass.

“To have an industry leader like Lee & Cates embrace is truly gratifying for us because it indicates that they have the utmost confidence in our training and certification programs,” said Phil James, President & CEO of the NGA.  “It also is indicative of the tremendous pride in craftsmanship that is the hallmark of our industry.”

Dave Walker, NGA’s Vice President for Association Services agreed, adding, “The best glass companies know that they need to continually look for ways to help them become ever more responsive to the needs of their customers.  We are pleased that they recognize as a tool to help them in those efforts, and we hope more and more companies continue to sign on.”

For more information on, contact the NGA’s Debi Schneider at 703/442-4890, ext.126 or visit

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 recently debuted—a state-of-the-art, online training resource.  NGA publishes the leading trade magazines—Glass Magazine®, Window & Door®, AutoGlass™, and new e-newsletter, e-glass weekly™.  In addition, NGA serves the industry and general public with its Web sites:,,,,, and  NGA also hosts the industry’s premier annual trade events: GlassBuild America®: The Glass, Window & Door Expo and the National Auto Glass Conference & EXPO.