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Contact: David Walker
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GLASSBUILD AMERICA® OPENS TO STRONG CROWDS
ATTENDANCE STRONG DESPITE DOWN ECONOMY
WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2009) – You wouldn't think the economy is in a deep slump judging by the size of the crowds at GlassBuild America 2009, which opened yesterday at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The hallways were filled and the 1,213 exhibitor booths were reporting strong traffic as the largest and most important gathering of glass industry professionals in North America kicked off its three-day run.
Nearly 7,000 registered attendees are expected this week, with walk-ups and other last-minute registrations still coming in. Though attendance will fall below last year's reports due to economic pressures, those who made it to Atlanta are enthusiastic about their prospects for success.
Henry Taylor, manager of architectural services team, Kawneer, may have put it best during the 4th Annual NGA Glazing Executives Forum, which preceded the show's official opening, when he said, "The world in the future will be shaped by those who show up."
"I'm very pleased with the turnout thus far," said Denise Sheehan, NGA vice president of industry events. "Everyone is in high spirits, and have commented that their expectations have been exceeded."
Comments from exhibitors are running strong too. ABC Hardware's Kathy Cheung, Sales, says "The show is exceeding my expectations."
Dan Habeck, Sales for Glaston, reflected, "My first day went surprisingly well; we're definitely seeing quality over quantity but we've had a good show so far."
Matt Hale, Glasslam N.G.I., Inc, boasts, "Tremendous first day; the team didn't even get lunch until 3:00 and it continued to be busy."
Rustin Cassaway, President, MyGlassTruck.com, as a first time exhibitor of the show, said, "The show has been great so far. We like the fact that there is an international audience and we have had a lot of interest from potential customers."
Matt Kottke, Marketing Support Manager, Truth Hardware, said, "The first day started especially strong. We saw quality activity and a lot of interest in a new product we are showcasing."
For more details and to register for GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, please visit www.GlassBuildAmerica.com.
About GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo
GlassBuild America is organized by the National Glass Association, in partnership with the Glass Association of North America, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association. Since 2003, it has been listed as one of the Top 200 largest U.S. tradeshows in the annual listing compiled by Tradeshow Week magazine. GlassBuild America 2009 will be held September 30 – October 2 in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information on GlassBuild America, contact: 866/342-5642, extension 300 or visit www.GlassBuildAmerica.com.