June 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


What a busy season! We wrapped up with an informative Recalibration Seminar in April put on by Smart Express then a fun tour of the Cardinal Float Glass Plant in Menomonie, WI followed by a great dinner/conversation at Lake Monster Brewing. Thank you everyone that attended!

We are excited for what's coming up this summer...

* Our Annual Golf Classic on June 28 at Oak Glen in Stillwater, MN. Please see below for details.

* We also have our Annual Twins Outing scheduled this summer for August 23. More details below.  

We are in the planning stages of what's to come this fall and winter. If you have any suggestions, feel free to email them to in[email protected] and we will discuss at an upcoming board meeting.

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

June 28: Annual Golf Classic at Oak Glen in Stillwater. CLICK HERE for details & to register. Early bird rates extended through Monday, June 18.

Thank you Sponsors!




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Birdie Sponsors

Guardian Industries

Minneapolis Glass

YKK-AP America

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - Annual MN Twins Outing

CLICK HERE for details




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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

Capitol Update Report      

By Sarah Psick, MGA Lobbyist

The 2018 Legislative session wrapped up on Sunday, May 20th at midnight.  The session started with a $329 million budget surplus available to meet supplemental budget needs and address conformity with the recently passed federal tax bill.  Legislative leaders and the Governor said priorities for the session would be tax conformity, as well as addressing the MNLARS vehicle licensing and registration system failures, the opioid epidemic, elderly and vulnerable adult abuses, school safety and passage of a major capital investment or bonding bill.  In the end, little was actually signed into law and legislators headed for home and the next campaign season. 

The 900+ page supplemental budget bill included many of the funding priorities of the legislature and Governor, but also included controversial policy issues.  Governor Dayton vetoed this bill.  The legislature actually passed two tax bills during the session.  The first tax bill provided tax conformity with federal changes but was objectionable to the Governor and was vetoed.  The second tax bill also addressed tax conformity and included funding for school safety.  However, this bill was also vetoed over objections by the Governor.  Thus, the changes need for the tax system were not passed into law this session.  The only major bill to be signed into law was a capital investment bill which allocates $1.57 billion from several funding sources for public projects, including $416.6 million from trunk highway bonds.  The bill provides funding for higher education, school safety grants, state trails and parks, local roads and bridges, metropolitan parks, mental health crisis centers, funding for three new veterans homes, several local projects across the state, wastewater treatment facilities, the Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Zoo, and for construction of a food bank for Second Harvest.  Missing from the bonding bill was funding for any transit projects, a point which the Governor and democrats highlighted. 

            The Minnesota Glass Association was again represented at the Capitol for the 2018 session.  While no objectionable legislation was passed, the MGA was monitoring legislative activity and bill introductions throughout the session.  The Insurance Federation of Minnesota has indicated they plan to pursue legislation in the 2019 session relating to arbitration, repair vs replacement of auto glass, and other issues.  We will be meeting with legislators prior to session on these and other topics.

            In you don’t know yet, you soon will – this is an election year!  The airwaves will be full of commercials from candidates for Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress.  But, for the MGA, the most important races will be your local Minnesota House of Representatives candidates.  (The Minnesota Senate is not up for election.)  Please take the time to find out who is running in your area, introduce yourself and your business, tell them about the MGA and that we have a presence at the state Capitol, and share your business concerns.  I am happy to assist you in identifying your candidates or with any other information. 

            Thank you for the opportunity to represent the MGA at the Capitol, it is a pleasure to represent you and your businesses.



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New Members Spotllight



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 Gas 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 America


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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
7674 Coneflower Curve North, Chanhassen, MN 55317   |   952-270-3645   |   Email: [email protected]

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