The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) are combining into one organization.
The two associations will now be known under the new name, Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA). The goal of creating a new organization is to better serve the North American fenestration industry.
Beginning in August, the two existing boards will work together to execute the unification implementation steps throughout the remainder of 2019. A strategic planning meeting will be scheduled (tentatively in October) to blend the vision and priorities for the new organization for the next three to five years. And, the new organization brand development will begin.
“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 (Kawneer).
“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,” he continued.
While both boards recognize the many combined benefits available to AAMA and IGMA members, the organizations also acknowledge the value in retaining separate brand equity in certain services such as technical standards and certification programs. Therefore, the branding strategy allows for an indefinite time period where the brand equity of both AAMA and IGMA are maintained for these aspects of the new organization.