After a four-year absence from Las Vegas, GlassBuild America returned to the Strip’s bright lights, the casinos’ ringing slot machines and the Convention Center’s long aisles of trade show booth after trade show booth. And for the first time in three years, when the show was in Atlanta, it felt like a trade show should feel: shoulder-to-should floor traffic, sounds of networking and reconnecting, humming machinery demos and an overall feeling of life before Covid.
The first day of the show was by far the busiest. Day two was solid, and the third was slow. Most people I talked to weren’t surprised by the latter.
As always, there were a few takeaways from the event, starting with DeGorter, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As Pete DeGorter told us, it’s pretty special for a family business to make it to the fourth generation and 100 years in business. The company celebrated the milestone with its customers and partners, and passed out bright green hats to commemorate the occasion.
Speaking of the color green and anniversaries, Walker Glass took to the show to celebrate 80 years in business. This is when the industry got to see Danik Dancause, marketing operations manager, as they’d never seen before. Dancause donned a lime green disco suit to celebrate in celebration of the achievement.
The Tremco team was also seeing green. Those working the show sported bright green sneakers. Those definitely caught the crowd’s attention throughout the show. The company stayed busy talking to customers about how they can work together to find solutions for their needs—particularly now that supply chain challenges are starting to improve.
It was also great to stop by and talk with the Dow team about their recently launched carbon-neutral silicone service. Check out our newscast to learn more like how the company has its own eucalyptus plantations, helping it achieve carbon neutrality.
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