OGMA Newsletter – April 2021

OGMA Newsletter – April 2021

The OGMA is pivoting to find new ways to deliver value to our members since our bread-and-butter live events can’t go forward. Watch your inbox and ogma.ca for a series of educational white papers prepared by OGMA members. The first one, by OGMA vice-president Jeff Makimoto (TAGG)  will address the issue of inspecting finished aluminum products. More will be rolling out through the year. The year 2020 has been very difficult for many of us and it has been especially challenging for the OGMA.  All of our events are geared towards physical attendance, which we were not able to do.  Because of this the OGMA will not be charging any dues in 2021 to companies that had paid their 2020 invoice. Although we will not be holding our spring golf tournament in 2021, we are hopeful that circumstances have improved to the point that we will be able to pull off our fall golf tournament that is booked for Sept. 23 at the Country Club in Woodbridge. With the release of multiple vaccines there is light at the end of the tunnel and we plan to resume events next year as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.  We hope to see all of you in person next year and resume our role as the networking facilitator of our industry.  Also, don’t miss OGMA president Andrew Dolphin’s turn at the microphone on the GlassTalk podcast, available wherever you get your podcasts.

Update on 2021 Membership Dues

The year 2020 has been very difficult for many of us and it has been especially challenging for the OGMA. All of our events are geared towards physical attendance, which we were not able to do. Because of this, the OGMA will not be charging any dues in 2021 to companies that have paid their 2020 invoice. With the […]

Passing of Joe Shapiro

It is with sadness that we bring the news of the passing of Joe Shapiro. Joe left us at the age of 97 on December 22, 2020. Joe was one of the pioneers, and one of the characters, in the glass business. He was a co-founder of Sealite Glass Ltd., with Fred Fulton in the late 1950s, one […]

Prompt Payment Ontario – Ontario Construction Act – Trade Contractors Guide

As you are likely aware, the OGMA has been an active participant in the Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO) initiative for the past six years, where forty or so trade-related associations banded together to lobby for improvements in the laws, liens, payment terms, and arbitration process related to construction contracts. As a result, the legislation went […]

OGMA Newsletter – April 2020

SAD NEWS: It is with sadness that we bring the news of the passing of a long time contributor to our industry and to the OGMA. ARCHIE McINNES left us on January 21, 2020, following a lengthy struggle with deteriorating health. Archie grew up as the ninth kid in the family on a farm and only […]

OGMA Newsletter – August 2019

ENERGY SURCHARGES: Please read Frank Fulton’s You Bet Your Glass column then do your part by calling your glass supplier to lobby them to do the right thing by dropping their ESC. Send your feedback to Frank at fultech.fc@gmail.com. FISH ON: Be ready to get on a boat bright an early in Port Credit on […]

The Last Word on ESCs

by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, August 2019 Issue In the last edition we found that starting benchmark values used by glass manufacturers to calculate energy surcharges were far lower than what the actual costs were at the beginning of the surcharge program in 2002, meaning that surcharges can be vastly overstated […]

OGMA Newsletter – June 2019

OGMA President Andrew Dolphin and former director Steve Gusterson had the honour of presenting the prestigious Awards of Excellence at the Top Glass show on April 17. The award for execution was presented to Angelo Cairo of Stouffville Glass for the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study Building at the Schulich School of Business at […]

The Smoking Gun of Energy Surcharges

by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, June 2019 Issue Energy surcharges – the smoking gun In the last edition we took an overview look at the business ethics of adding service fees and the energy surcharge (ESC) on glass products. We questioned why there is such a wide ranging discrepancy between the […]

Passing of Bernie Leaman

Passing of Bernie Leaman August 2, 1936 – May 12, 2019 It is with sadness that OGMA shares the news of the passing of our friend and former royalty of the architectural metal industry in Canada. In our business, occasionally you will come across people who made a real impact on the industry. One of […]