The Boards of Directors of the National Glass Association (NGA) in Vienna, Virginia and the Glass Association of North America (GANA) in Topeka, Kansas have unanimously approved combining the associations into one unified voice for the glass and glazing industry.

The new association will combine the best elements of NGA and GANA to better serve members and the industry.

GANA's technical and advocacy work will be supported and magnified through NGA's delivery platforms, including Glass Magazine, e-glass weekly and GlassBuild America, the largest industry trade show in the Americas.

Both organizations are committed to training the industry's workforce, and their volunteers will leverage the growing capabilities of and other education resources.

"The combination of our associations will unify our industry, giving stronger voice to our advocacy and industry standards efforts, our technical resources and many other initiatives to ensure the continued use of glass in buildings the world over," said Doug Schilling, GANA President.

NGA and GANA will continue to operate as separate and collaborative entities until the transaction is complete and a closing date is established, likely by the end of 2017 or early 2018.

Between now and then, the leadership will establish a joint integration working group to create a roadmap for the integration.