GlassBuild America 2022 Opens

October 18th, 2022 by Travis Rains

GlassBuild America 2022 is in full swing in Las Vegas, with companies such as Frontline Bldg. Products, GlassCraft Door Company and Doorframer Inc. showcasing their latest and greatest products and innovations. The World Millwork Alliance is also part of GlassBuild this year, with many company representatives expressing excitement at the potential of attracting new eyes to their exhibits.

Kirk Kudrna and Tim Arvey of Frontline Bldg. Products in Green Bay, Wisc., were hosting visitors to their exhibit as soon as the show floor opened at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. The two were on hand with information on the company’s selection of high-caliber entry accessories for homes.

An anticipated “hot ticket item” for Frontline at GlassBuild this year is its SDL customization.

“There are a lot of companies out there that do polypropylene bars but ours are all aluminum,” Kudrna says. “Expansion and contraction is critical, especially with the dark colors out in the industry. People put a storm door on the front of those and they’ll peel right off the Glass. But ours have been done since the late 70s on window applications and we do them on all entry doors now, too.”

John Plummer, president of Houston’s Glasscraft Door Company, showcases his company’s new and “unique” fiberglass narrow-profile doors.

John Plummer, president of Houston’s GlassCraft Door Company, showcased the company’s three product lines including wood doors, fiberglass doors and barn doors. And he has some exciting updates when it comes to the latter two product lines.

On a theme of modernity, Plummer called attention to the company’s fiberglass narrow-profile doors, which he says are “unique to the industry.” Plummer also highlighted GlassCraft’s Door Crafter, a brand new configure price quote product for the entirety of the company’s door and barn door product lines.

“It’s brand new, we’re just introducing it here,” Plummer says. “Customers can configure any door such as pre-hung, door-slab only, finished and unfinished, with or without hardware. All different options are available in the new Door Crafter system. It gives them a list price and then if they’re a dealer, they can use dealer logins to access features like sending quotes, compiling lists of frequently-ordered products and more. It’s a really cool new program that’s available now.”

Dave Vanderpan of Doorframer in Elk Grove, Calif., a packaging and protection solutions company, was showcasing the company’s U.S.-made injection-molding products.

“Of all of our products, I would say our two-piece closures are probably the most popular,” Vanderpan says. “It’s what keeps that door together so they can move it around. Basically, we’ve taken over what used to be nail-driven, as everybody would use nails to drive in through the outside of the jamb into the door slab.”

For the past year or so, Doorframer has also been in the process of launching its Window Block system.

“We have a system to protect the unit without using cardboard or wood blocks,” he says. “These are self-adhesives that stick to the vinyl and are a great solution for packaging window units so they are transported without being damaged.”

GlassBuild and the World Millwork Alliance show are under one roof this year.

“We’re optimistic that some of the GlassBuild people who wouldn’t normally come to WMA will make their way down and maybe wander through our booth,” says Arvey. “And, hopefully, it will be equally beneficial for the GlassBuild people, too. Some people out for WMA will maybe wander over and find some stuff that they normally wouldn’t get a chance to see.”

GlassBuild America 2022 continues through Thursday, October 20. Stay tuned to [DWM] for more show coverage.

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