With sadness we announce the retirement of CGA/AGA’s President and Technical Director, Donn Harter. Donn has been an unequalled advocate for the glass industry and friend to all of us.
For the past 35 years, the glass association and glass industry benefitted from Donn’s leadership, knowledge, determination and foresight. When he saw a need or identified a void in the glass industry, from the local to national level, he worked tirelessly to fill it.
During his years as President of the California Glass Association he created such recognizable products as the Source™, pocketGuide™, Glass Expo West, Glazing magazine, and Bug-it™ just to name a few. He became the country’s leading expert on safety glazing and fire-rated codes and provided countless hours of codes interpretation and consultation, including legislative and committee representation for California and the nation.
With the retirement of Donn Harter, no equal replacement, and the current economic conditions the AGA Board of Directors has made the difficult decision, effective March 11, 2011, to discontinue operations of Americas Glass Association.
Fortunately, many of the products Donn created will be maintained. He will continue to support industry education by producing the Source™, pocketGuide™, Shower Safety Manual, Mirror Manual, Glazing 101 and other glass publications. He will also continue to advise glass companies on safety glazing and fire-rated codes through a codes consultation service. Finally, Bug-it™, the only customized permanent post-manufacturing label for identifying safety and fire-rated glazing, will also continue to be offered to the industry.
We thank Donn for 35+ years of devoted service to glass industry and wish him well in his continued work as a safety codes consultant and author. It is impossible to believe that the glass industry will ever have a greater champion and we are forever in his debt.