AAMA, IGMA to Form Single Organization
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance announced late last week that they are combining into one organization with a new name: the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance.
Ballots went out to members of each organization at the beginning of July, along with the full prospectus outlining the strategy for structuring, operating and branding the new organization, which included adjustments and clarifications to the proposal, based upon member feedback.
The two groups announced unification discussions a year ago, with the goal of creating a new organization that can better serve the North American fenestration industry.
During that time, an exploratory team from both organizations developed a framework for the new organization, and information was continually shared with members during development. Now, the two boards will work together to execute the merger through the remainder of 2019.
“The value of the new organization will be a stronger industry voice, offering members and the industry single-source access to critical information,” said AAMA Board Chairman Donnie Hunter.
“With knowledgeable professionals from both the fenestration and glass industries, better synergy for the whole finished fenestration product will be available, as well as direct access to Canadian market, codes and regulatory expertise. A combined organization also delivers expanded technical competencies and a broader document base to support more extensive educational opportunities for members.”
IGMA Board President Nathalie Thibault added: “These expanded technical competencies will further support educational opportunities. Plus, members can look forward to enhanced conference programming through an expanded content offering and broader networking opportunities through combined events. There will also be more resources available by harnessing the intellectual knowledge of the associations.”
According to the organization, a planning meeting is tentatively scheduled for October to blend the vision and priorities for the new alliance for the next three to five years.