Fenestration Manufacturers Association Sets Vision at Recent Conference

The Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) recently completed its Fall Conference, October 18-20, 2005, at Middleton Plantation near Charleston, S.C.

FMA is an advocacy association representing the interests of multiple fenestration OEM's and industry suppliers whose members conduct business in the Southeast and Gulf Coast states. Setting a benchmark for the organization and its regions of influence, this was the first-ever FMA event held outside Florida.

At the conference, FMA set a vision for 2006 and beyond based on members' and constituents' stated needs. Outcomes include creation of six standing committees to serve members on a timely basis, strengthening of the Keystone Certification and quality assurance programs with Keystone Certification of Etters, Pa., and introduction of the first draft of the Guide for Installation of Doors and Windows Into Masonry and Block Construction, a regional effort to be made available nationally.

In addition, the FMA re-elected four board members while adding two new board members: Mark Daniels of Sika Corp. and the first-ever female FMA board member, Kristin Leonard of Alliance Windows in Slidell, La.

The business portion of the conference ended with the FMA board of directors providing direction to the executive director to expand FMA's role in advocacy for its members, develop a world class certification program with Keystone Certifications and to emphasize the education of public officials in the nuances of doors and windows.

Educational presentations given during the meeting included Amendments to the AAMA Door Council by Val Brushaber, vice president of the AAMA Door Council and certification and testing coordinator for Weather Shield; Testing and Type of Shutters by Don Bronchick, vice president of Atrium Shutters; Energy Codes and Glazing, Your Future by Mike Fischer, director of codes and regulatory compliance for WDMA; Adopting the "I" Codes in Louisiana by Jeff Burton, building code manager, IBHS; Testing Your Product to Nationwide Certification by Jim Blakely, vice president of CTL;and Installation and Flashing in the 21st Century by Mark Daniels, product engineer for Sika Corp.

Thursday morning featured guest speaker Frank P. Hodge, Jr., recent past president of the International Code Council and current building official for Hilton Head Island. Hodge's message to the audience was that the ICC is a code consensus body available to all interested parties if they understand the dynamics of the process and choose to be involved.

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