We are just a few short weeks away from a moment that could have a massive effect on our business lives. Like no other time in my life, the mid-term elections are something to follow and hope that whatever the outcome, positive movement for business happens. It's seemingly every month that the ABI totals mention the icy cold credit markets, which is pretty much hampering a large part of our industry. Will the outcomes in November be able to get things to thaw? I hope so. Regardless--and sadly--we are headed for a very cold winter that's for sure. I do look forward to what the analysts and experts in our industry predict for 2011, and I'd expect to start seeing some of those comments soon.
- Hey, did you see that construction spending went up 0.4 percent in August? Break out the champagne! The increase was led by government projects... you know like there's anything but government projects these days...
- One of these years I'm gonna have to get to glasstec. Just reading all of the coverage makes it sound so unreal.
- Saw at glasstec the announcement of a new warm-edge spacer technology. The material from Infinite Edge Technologies was founded by Eric Rapp and I think it's just tremendous to have Eric and family back in the day-to-day grind of our industry. I'm a big fan of the Rapp clan, and quite frankly when the Glass Hall of Fame opens, Eric Rapp needs to be a charter member. Best of luck guys!
Max Perilstein is chief marketing officer for Vitro America, Memphis. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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