February 2018 Print


Welcome to the MN Glass Association's quarterly eNewsletter. Stay current with industry news. We invite our members to participate by sending in articles, release company announcements, post non-MGA events at no charge within this publication for others in the industry to see. We also invite our members and non-members to advertise within (see below for rates). This publication goes out to just over 1,000 people in the glass industry. Please send to: [email protected] and it will be included in the next electronic newsletter. 

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President's Report


My name is Jim Janssen with Sika Corporation.  I am proud to serve as the 2018 President of the Minnesota Glass Association.  Our Association grew in 2017.  Welcome to all new members and thank you for the continued support from our regular and affiliate members.  We want to continue to grow in 2018 to insure the Association remains strong and in place for years to come.  

There has been a lot of activity over the last year. The MGA has a voice at the Capitol and, with 40+ years, our voice carries weight.  The MGA is in place to protect both the Auto and Flat glass industries.  We don’t know what the future holds, but by strengthening this Association, we know that whatever does come we will not be alone in the fight.  I look forward to seeing you at our events over the next year.  Let’s make 2018 a great year for the MGA.


Jim Janssen 
MGA President
Sika Corporation


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Calendar of Events

March 13: Marketing: Are You Building Sustainable Business Growth seminar. CLICK HERE for details and to register.

We are working on the following events...check website soon for details:

March TBD - A Day at the Capitol to Visit Legislators
April TBD: Auto Glass - Calibration Event 
May TBD: Tour of Cardinal Glass Float Plant
June 28: Annual Golf Classic at Oak Glen in Stillwater




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Industry News

  • Auto Glass Week - September 27-29 CLICK HERE for details
  • Glass Expo Midwest - November 8-9. CLICK HERE for details
  • Arizona Legislation UpdateCLICK HERE for details


Update from the State Capitol

            The 2018 legislative session began on Tuesday, February 20th and they are off and running!  I am very excited to be representing the Minnesota Glass Association again, it is an honor to represent you and your businesses at the Capitol. 

There have been several changes since the legislature adjourned last May.  The federal government adopted sweeping tax changes which will require the Minnesota legislature to pass a tax bill this session to adopt conforming changes and avoid tax increases for Minnesotans.  A November budget deficit looks to be changing into a possible $900 million budget surplus, giving the legislature additional funding for budget priorities.  The motor vehicle registration system became a complete mess, requiring a $43 million additional investment which the legislature will need to consider.  The main goal of the legislative session will be adoption of a bonding or capital improvements budget bill.  The Governor has recommended a $1.5 billion list of projects which the legislature will examine when putting together their own bill.  The legislature will also be tackling the growing opioid addiction epidemic and recent reports of elder abuse and neglect.

Key 2018 Dates

  • Legislative Session Begins: February 20
  • Governor’s State of the State Address:  March 14
  • Easter/Passover Break:  March 30–April 8
  • Constitutional deadline to adjourn: May 21

MGA Legislative Issues

The House and Senate Commerce committees will begin meeting next week.  We will be watching for legislation that may negatively impact the MGA and its members, while also looking for opportunities to strengthen existing laws relating to glass and other issues.  We will keep you informed as the Session progresses.

There are several things you can be in advance in order to be prepared for any upcoming legislative fights: 

Legislator Information

Again, it is a privilege to represent the Minnesota Glass Association. 

Sarah Psick,

Psick Capitol Solutions


PPI: Glass and Glazing Material Prices Climb in January
US Glass Network 2/2018

Prices for materials used in the glass and glazing industry rose in January, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category increased 0.7 percent in January from the previous month, and it’s up 1.8 percent from January 2017. According to the BLS, the commodity classification “organizes products and services by similarity or material composition, regardless of the industry classification of the producing establishment.”

The index for flat glass manufacturing in the industry classification jumped 1.6 percent, and those prices have increased 6 percent since January 2017. The industry classification measures “changes in prices received for the industry’s output sold outside the industry (that is, its net output).”

Prices for fabricated structural metal products were up 0.7 percent in January, but that index, in the commodity grouping, is up 2.7 percent for the year. Ornamental and architectural metal product manufacturing, in the industry category, saw price increases of 2 percent for the month and 4.2 percent since 2017.

The PPI for metal windows rose 0.1 percent from its December level, and is 3.5 percent above 2017’s levels. Metal doors and frames increased 0.1 percent for the month and are up 4.6 percent for the year.

The cost of builders’ hardware, which includes hardware used in doors and windows, fell 0.5 percent in January. Those prices are 1.5-percent higher than in 2017.




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New Members Spotllight


Lake House Building Products

They are a locally owned building products showroom in the Northwoods of Wisconsin owned by Scott Timmerman. We can customize your building design projects with a vast array of Window, Door, Siding, and Cabinet products. We can also assist you in closet and garage organization to make those areas of your home more functional. 

Northern Lites Glass Company, LLC

Located in Hibbing, Minnesota. We are here to provide the best in glass services including:  Auto Glass repair, Home window repair,  Commercial glass and door repairs. 

Shannon Auto Glass 

Our Glass installer is highly skilled and has years of experience.  Whether it’s our quick, quality, friendly service or the honesty and value we bring to every interaction, our customers love us. 



MGA Member Benefits

CLICK HERE for details on becoming a MGA member

  • Advocate for common interests!
  • MGA has a dedicated lobbyist in St. Paul working for us
  • Updates to our members on Safety Issues, Legislative Issues and New Technology
  • Seminars & training – reduced rates for members!
  • Quarterly eNewsletter - Members welcome to submit articles or company news!
  • Promote your events on the MGA website
  • Save money with our Holiday Station program
  • Core Health & Dental Program - provides limited medical indemnity plans which are designed and
       priced to help people gain access or save money on healthcare
  • Discounts through NGA (National Glass Association)
    * online training
    * Industry Reference & Technical Manuals - up to 50% off 
    * Discounts on OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 online training, hosted by UL, a trusted source of OSHA- 
       approved training.
    * UPS - up to 26% off UPS Express air and international shipments and a minimun of a 70% discount
       plus customized rate packages on UPS Freight
    * Glass Magazine and e-glass weekly - free  subscription
    * Window & Door Magazine and WDweekly - free subscription
    * GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door expo- NGA discounts on attendee registration for
       the largest gathering of glass industry professionals in the Americas
    * Express Learning at GlassBuild America 
    * Glazing Executives Forum - exclusive NGA member rate for the premier all day education and
       networking event for glass and glazing executives, taking place in conjuction with GlassBuild


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Board of Directors


Jim Janssen
Sika Corporation
7324 Howard Lane
Eden Prairie, MN 55436
Phone: 952-974-8350
[email protected]
Past President
Beau Knock
Empirehouse, Inc.
1521 93rd Lane North
Blaine, MN 55449
Phone: 763-535-1150
[email protected]
President Elect
Todd Hanson
Dakotaland Autoglass
2077 Ellis Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone: 612-331-4777
[email protected]
Secretary / Treasurer 
Lacey Pearson
Minneapolis Glass Company
14600 28th Avenue North
Plymouth, MN 55447
[email protected]
Lynn Dahle
Auto Glass Express
2179 - 4th Street, Suite 2C
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
[email protected]
Brad Hapka
Only 1 Auto Glass
2001 McMenemy St
Maplewood, MN 55117
Phone: 651-789-1111
[email protected]
Dustin Romann
Twin Cities Auto Glass, Inc.

1865 Buerkle Road
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
[email protected]
Rick Rosar
Rapid Glass
Po Box 48509
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Phone: 763- 780-1370
[email protected]
Eric Solland
Indianhead Glass
PO BOX 578
St. Croix Falls, MN 54024
Phone: 715-483-9919
[email protected]
Frank Thumser

Brin Northwestern Glass Co.
2300 N 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Phone: 612- 529-9671
[email protected] 

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Minnesota Glass Association
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* We are a trade association; we DO NOT sell or repair glass. Please CLICK HERE for our member directory.