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Contact: Matt Rumbaugh
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mrumbaugh@glass.org

HEINAMAN OFFERS ONLINE TRAINING TO ITS EMPLOYEES VIA INNOVATIVE ALLIANCE BETWEEN NGA AND STATE OF CALIFORNIA

WASHINGTON, DC  (December 15, 2008) –  Heinaman Contract Glazing, one of the most innovative leaders in the contract glazing industry, announced today that it will begin offering online training to its employees through an innovative training alliance between the State of California and the National Glass Association (NGA).

Heinaman becomes the latest California-based glass firm to benefit from a new Employment Training Panel (ETP) contract that streamlines the process by which NGA members can qualify for, and receive, training grants from the state.

“We are very pleased that our employees will now have access to the outstanding courses on MyGlassClass.com,” said John Heinaman, the company’s president.  “And it’s a tremendous help during these challenging economic times to secure a training grant from the state.  We’ve paid into the Employment Training Tax fund for years, so it’s nice to get a direct return on that investment for our employees.”

“This is exactly what we envisioned when we secured the ETP contract,” said David Walker, Vice President of Association Services for the NGA. “Heinaman is an exemplary California company dedicated to the long-term success of its employees.  By using MyGlassClass.com, they’ll get access to the best glass-industry courseware available anywhere, which fulfills the purpose for which the ETP fund was created.”

Heinaman employees will have full access to all 54 of the flat-glass courses on MyGlassClass.com, NGA’s world-class online training platform designed by the NGA exclusively for glass technicians.  Employees may also take courses in pursuit of NGA Certification, the gold standard of technical excellence in the glass industry.

The California ETP program is performance-based, providing funds for trainees who successfully complete training and are retained in well-paying jobs for a specific period of time. Since its inception in 1983, the ETP program has provided over $1 billion to train more than 660,000 workers in over 60,000 California companies. The program is funded by the Employment Training Tax paid by California employers, and targets firms threatened by out-of-state and international competition.

For more information on the NGA ETP alliance, contact Lisa Bitterman at 703/442-4890, ext. 166 or ngagrants@gmail.com. For more information on MyGlassClass.com, contact Alyssa Kirkman at 703/442-4890, ext. 151 or akirkman@glass.org.



About Heinaman Contract Glazing
For over 20 years, Heinaman Contract Glazing (www.heinaman.net) has been a premier architectural aluminum glazing firm dedicated to excellent service, quality products and innovative technology. From its origins as a family-owned business, Heinaman has achieved sustainable growth through a reputation of superior products and state-of-the-art technology. Heinaman provides high-quality, industry-leading curtain wall glazing, unitized glazing, aluminum panel system, doors, windows, and various architectural aluminum and glass products.

About NGA
Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the flat (architectural) and auto glass industries. Based outside Washington, DC, and representing over 3,000 member companies and locations, NGA offers certification, education and training, including MyGlassClass.com – a state-of-the-art online training resource. NGA publishes the industry’s leading trade magazines: Glass Magazine® and Window & Door®; and e-newsletters: e-glass weekly™ and WDweekly™. In addition, NGA serves the industry and general public with its Web sites: glass.org, GlassBuildAmerica.com, GlassMagazine.com, WindowandDoor.com, and MyAutoGlass.org. NGA also hosts the industry’s premier annual trade events: GlassBuild America®: The Glass, Window & Door Expo and the National Auto Glass Forum. For more information on NGA, visit www.glass.org.