Air Products GPC Glass Worldwide 2018

[Image above] Pedro M. Riveros, Air Products director of strategy, technology, and sourcing IG Americas, presents a check to Bob Lipetz of the GMIC and Marcus Fish of the CGIF. Credit: ACerS


Are you attending the 79th Conference on Glass Problems (GPC) in Columbus, Ohio this week?

You can help provide an opportunity for ceramic and glass students to attend GPC while fostering innovation by the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals just by visiting the Air Products Foundation’s hospitality suite at the conference. For every guest who stops by the suite, the company will donate $100, up to $15,000, to the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) and the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC), which organizes the GPC each year.

In addition to helping students attend GPC, the money will help the CGIF in its mission to attract talent in the ceramic and glass industry.

“For more than 50 years, Air Products has been committed to helping glass producers improve their operations with innovative combustion and industrial gas technologies,” Air Products director of Business Development‒Americas Rick Beuttel says about the donation. “We are excited to share our passion for innovation with the next generation of glass professionals through this donation to the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation.”

“We are extremely grateful to Air Products for this inventive opportunity to support our efforts in student outreach,” CGIF director of development Marcus Fish says of the donation. “This gift will support our mission to attract and train the highest quality talent available to work with engineered systems and products that utilize glass and ceramic materials.”

“This forward-thinking support benefits the glass manufacturing industry significantly,” GMIC executive director Bob Lipetz adds. “We are grateful for the progressive vision of Air Products, who has committed to developing the next generation of glass industry professionals. It will allow us to provide student travel grants to the Conference on Glass Problems, which affords engineering students and industry leaders the valuable opportunity to connect.”

Air Products (Allentown, Pa.) provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to the glass, refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage manufacturing markets. The company is also a leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment.

The American Ceramic Society created the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation in 2014 to attract, inspire, and train the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals. In pursuit of its mission, the CGIF develops and manages a number of programs in the areas of K–12 student outreach, university-industry networks, and the Ceramic and Glass Career Center.

The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council, founded in 1998, is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of the glass manufacturing industry. Its mission is to facilitate, organize, and promote the interests, economic growth, and sustainability of the glass industry through education and cooperation in the areas of technology, productivity, innovation and the environment.

For more information, contact Belinda Raines at or visit the CGIF at