From the fabricator: Knowledge is Power

I hope everyone had a good holiday. Though having the holiday on a Wednesday made for a seriously disjointed work week!

GlassBuild America is about two months away, and judging from the suppliers lining up to attend the show, it’s going to be a terrific event. In this world in which we live, information and knowledge leads to power, and the Vegas display offers a “powerful” opportunity.

As a supporter of the show, obviously I am biased. But take that away and look at some of the people and products that will be on display, and you will see where I am going with this. The technology and innovation being readied are difference-makers, and the people that attend GlassBuild America will benefit. Those who stay home will be steps behind. So, starting with this week’s post, I’ll make one note a week here on the blog about GlassBuild America, just because I believe it’s THAT important. And I’m also sure you’ll be hearing tons more about the show in the next 30-45 days. But, take a few minutes, review the current trade show floor, and go book your flights and hotels, as the prices are pretty economical. It’s worth it folks, plain and simple.


  • Quietly, it looks like Kevin Surace is now gone officially from Serious Materials. Surace surely made a heck of an impression in his short time in the industry. He was a memorable keynote speaker at the Glazing Executives Forum last year and was never shy with an opinion or new approach. He was a lightning rod for sure. My favorite was when Surace blogged that the window industry needed to shed 50 percent of its capacity. Pretty bizarre since you know we’d all like half our competitors to just “give up,” and his company actually was adding capacity, including grabbing plants for publicity more than production. All that said, you now have to wonder what happens next there. Especially, will the famous Chicago plant (the sit-in plant, where Surace rode to the rescue) be sold to the employees, as they want? Going to be interesting…
  • Hot enough for everyone? Hopefully, my friends in the DC/Virginia area are starting to get back to normal after the brutal storms. Mother Nature has not been kind.
  • There were some sneaky good tweets by Mark Silverberg of Technoform during the Facades Tectonics Conference last week. He linked to a few good pieces, and he passed on a great line from conference speaker Mic Patterson of Enclos: “We must innovate our way to sustainability in the building sector.” Right on guys! Oh and to clarify, I say “sneaky” because Mark is like the “EF Hutton” of Tweeters… when he tweets, people listen! (At least I do)
  • Speaking of good tweets, Glass Magazine’s Katy Devlin kept everyone up to date on what sounded like a great WDMA meeting in Minnesota. The highlights, once again, were the advanced technology (see that theme again!) that are an absolute must for our industry to thrive.
  • Was introduced to one of the brains behind Swarf Buster this past week. I had heard of them and seen them mentioned on blogs and on LinkedIn, but honestly I never knew what/who they were. So it was pretty cool to actually get some knowledge. Turns out to be a fascinating product too, as I never knew about “swarfs,” and its effect on glass fabrication. (Swarfs are the dust and leftover particles that end up bonding together to gunk up glass fabrication equipment like polishers). You learn something new every day. I hope to see them at the show!
  • Last this week is this comical story from New Jersey about the New York Giants and Jets filing a lawsuit to stand in the way of some redevelopment in the area around their stadium. The teams are worried about the traffic it will cause during their game days. Uh, can we get any more short sighted? Football teams play once per week. So, sure, let’s stand in its way right? Unreal.

Read on for links and video of the week...

The author is founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm for the building products industry that specializes in marketing, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management, as well as website and social media, and codes and specifications. E-mail him at

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.


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Thanks for giving the information about the GlassBuild America Show. I really want to see this show but unfortunately I missed it. I will try to join you in the future.

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