Fenestration & glazing alliance's Marg Webb retires

Marg Webb. Photo: Jeff Baker

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – The  Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announces the retirement of industry leader Marg Webb, after 22 years in the industry. She resigned her post as FGIA's Glass Products and Canadian Industry Affairs director earlier this year.

"Marg has been a strong guiding force within the glass and especially insulating glass industry for many years," said Janice Yglesias, FGIA executive director. "Her exceptional work ethic, strong leadership and no-nonsense approach have paved the way for advancements and growth in that market. Her reputation has always preceded her throughout the industry and her knowledge and expertise are well respected. With Marg's retirement will most certainly come an obvious hole in the glass industry, and one that will be felt by many for some time."

"When I started with IGMAC right before the merger, I was the only female leading an industry organization," said Webb, who was hired at the time for her background in certification, having previously written a program for the Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute and organization development and change management. "Now, 22 years later, they are all led by strong, competent women. I'd like to think that I had some influence in opening up executive positions for women in the industry."

Webb's accomplishments include:

• She co-led the unification of IGMA with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) to form FGIA.

• She was instrumental in the October 2000 IGMAC merger with the Sealed Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association (SIGMA), resulting in IGMA and the combining of the groups' committees and operations as well as the glazing guidelines.

• Developing the quality manual, now a foundational document for the IGCC/IGMA and IGMAC Certification Programs and developing the IGMA Certification to ASTM E2190.

• Creating thermal stress modeling of insulating glass units to develop an ASTM standard.

• Combining the IGMA and IGCC Certification Programs for the ASTM E2190 standard in 2007.

• Working with the Glass Association of North America (GANA) to develop a Product Category Rule (PCR) for processed glass.

• Completing the 25-year field correlation study in 2005.

• Validating the GasGlass device for the certification programs, "a huge improvement for manufacturers."

Webb will be succeeded by Amy Roberts, FGIA Director of Canadian and Technical Glass Operations. "Marg has been an integral part of the fenestration community, and her contributions will always be valued and remembered," Roberts said. "She is a true pioneer of our industry, and the void will always be felt."

For more information about FGIA and its activities, visit FGIAonline.org.


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