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U.S., Canadian Economic Outlook Discusses Post-COVID-19 Recovery at FGIA Virtual Summer Conference

Two experts offered a financial outlook for both the U.S. and Canada at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference. Moderator Michael Collins, Managing Director of Building Industry Advisors, asked questions of Katherine Judge, Economist for CIBC Capital Markets, and Bill Norris, Chief Investment Officer of CIBC Bank USA, reviewing recent economic activity and forecasting the national outlook with economic indicators for both countries.Norris first described the situation in the U.S., saying the current economic circumstances differ from other times of financial...

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Experts Share Financial Relief Program Terms for U.S., Canada at FGIA Virtual Summer Conference

A panel discussion of financial relief programs for those in the U.S. and Canada took place at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference, offering options for large and small businesses for individuals and employees impacted by COVID-19 and its related financial hardships. Moderated by Paula Goedert of Barnes & Thornburg (and also legal counsel for FGIA), panelists Mary Comazzi also of Barnes & Thornburg and Karen Cooper of Drache Aptowitzer shared their knowledge of several emergency funding programs, their terms and...

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HR Expert Advises Employers on Managing Remote Workforces at FGIA Virtual Summer Conference

Those participating in the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference heard a presentation from Lisa Sterling, founder and CEO of R3-Engage, on ways to cultivate a successful remote workforce, keep employees physically and mentally well and properly re-integrate employees into an office setting. Sterling advised that the current work from home experience many are living today is not a normal representation of what remote employment is and suggested employers give their workers the tools and resources they need to succeed in the...

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FGIA Virtual Summer Conference Hosts Panel Discussion on Managing Manufacturing Operations, Customer Connections Through COVID-19

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) hosted a panel discussion entitled, “Managing Manufacturing Operations and Customer Connections Through the COVID-19 Crisis” during the FGIA Virtual Summer Conference. The panel, moderated by Danny Smith, Vice President, Principal and Industry Advisory at Ceridian, featured five U.S. and Canadian members who discussed ideas implemented by their companies to protect their workforce and manage day-to-day operations under various COVID-19 restrictions, including what they learned along the way.Panelists included:Lisa Bergeron, Director of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs at JELD-WENRichard...

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Former NFL Player Dan Hampton Gives Keynote Address on Leadership at FGIA Virtual Summer Conference

Participants heard a keynote address from a former Chicago Bears NFL player at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference. Longtime defensive tackle Dan Hampton, known as “Danimal,” spoke about the importance of leadership, particularly the ability to adapt to change – an especially important skill now, during COVID-19.“As we know, change is always changing,” said Hampton. “You gotta be able to think on your feet.”Over his 12-season career (1979-1990), Hampton earned six first- or second-team All-Pro honors and was selected to...

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July 14 FGIA Webinar Panelists to Cover Security Glazing for Storefront, Fenestration

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “Security Glazing for Storefront and Fenestration” as presented by Bill Lingnell, FGIA Technical Consultant, on Tuesday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Lingnell will be joined by a panel of industry experts, including Julia Schimmelpenningh (Eastman Chemical Company), Vaughn Schauss (Kuraray) and Ivan Zuniga (Kawneer). This webinar is complimentary and open to the public.“Join us for an interactive presentation on this important safety topic,” said Kaydeen Laird, FGIA Education Manager. “Bill Lingnell will...

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FGIA Responds to Member, Industry Needs During Pandemic

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) is responding to the results of a recent member survey requesting feedback about how FGIA can adapt existing programs and services and create new resources to deliver critical support during the pandemic. With 47 percent of corporate member companies responding, FGIA is implementing changes to aid members and the industry in several key areas, including technical education.“Although we are all focused on managing through the current pandemic, it’s important to stay current and keep our knowledge banks sharp...

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FGIA Virtual Conference Panels to Focus on Financial Aid, Recovery in Wake of COVID-19

During the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference, FGIA will be hosting a series of panels pertaining to lessons learned for manufacturing operations during COVID-19, as well as an economic outlook and financial relief programs for the U.S. and Canada. These panels, taking place Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25, are exclusively available to those registered for the conference. Registration is now open.Manufacturing OperationsThe first discussion, “Managing Manufacturing Operations and Customer Connections Through the COVID-19 Crisis,” will be moderated by Danny...

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May 19 FGIA Webinar to Share Financial Management, Value Preservation Guidance in COVID-19 Economy

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar about profitability and value as COVID-19 persists. “Financial Management and Value Preservation in a COVID Economy” will be led by Michael Collins, partner and Managing Director of Building Industry Advisors, LLC on Tuesday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. This webinar is complimentary and open to the public.“You've worked hard to identify, hire and retain a great team and to offer compelling products in a competitive market only to have the COVID-19 pandemic threaten...

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Retired Chicago Bears Player Dan Hampton to Give Keynote Address at FGIA Virtual Summer Conference

A former NFL player will give the keynote address at the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance’s (FGIA) Virtual Summer Conference taking place June 23-25. Dan Hampton, known as “Danimal,” will give a speech called, “Importance of Leadership – Adapting to Change.” This event, previously intended to be held in Chicago, IL, will be hosted on Zoom for the convenience of participants. Registration for the virtual Summer Conference will open the week of May 4.In his keynote address, Hampton will reflect on his significant experience playing...

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