From the fabricator: Smart news

We had an interesting/exciting/hopeful move in Washington, D.C., this past week with the introduction of the "Smart Energy Act" by a bi-partisan group of representatives. The act contains many provisions that can bring positive results to our industry, with the focus on retrofits being the most promising. Support for that business segment, coupled with the fact our world is littered with bad buildings that waste energy faster than I can finish a bowl of M&M's, is a point of emphasis that somehow always gets lost in the wash. While so much focus is on making sure new buildings are up to code, we as a society give old buildings a pass. This effort will hopefully help change that. The only frightening part is that the DOE is involved, and as many of you know, I am not a fan. So, as long as the DOE and the typical Washington gridlock doesn't damage the process, this bill has hope.

And yes, I know I am nicer on the blog these days. So it is shocking I just made a negative comment! Ironically, I get more e-mail complaining that I am TOO nice on the blog than anything else. In any case, as nice as I have been, the DOE still frustrates me to no end.


  • Loved the announcement from Glass Magazine on its new awards. I am absolutely thrilled that there will be some personal recognition happening. We have so much talent in this industry that doesn't get the pub it deserves, and doing it in this format is really spectacular. Heck, my mind is racing nomination-wise right now! Just a brilliant idea by Jenni Chase and team. The Crystal Achievement Awards were always the gold standard in the industry, and now they have taken the entire process another great step forward.
  • Last week, I noted the launch of the excellent new website at CommercialWindows.Org, and Kerry Haglund added a comment on the main site of my blog that I felt needed to be shared with the e-glass weekly audience:

    Max, Thanks for the kind words. We feel the work we do is important and makes a difference to the industry. We have some more exciting stuff coming in the future with an upgraded residential site/tool and other projects to be announced in the near future. ~Kerry

    The fact that there's MORE to come here is awesome. Simply wow. I seriously think if Kerry and the folks she works with at the Center for Sustainable Building Research ran the DOE, we'd be soooo much further along.

A couple of items from the pop culture world this week...

  • Michael Jordan celebrated his 49th birthday, and without question, is the best basketball player to walk the earth. Unreal. I know Magic, Bird the Doctor and others were great, but no one holds a candle to Air Jordan.
  • The Grammy Awards were fun to watch and GLASS made an appearance as Katy Perry broke a piece of tempered as part of her set. I love when glass gets involved in anything mainstream. As for the rest of the show, loved Bruce off the top, and I just wish I could dance and move like Bruno Mars. Oh, and that Adele is a star!
  • Something else I am always tracking and complaining about are gas prices, and they are on the rise again: over $4 per gallon in California now and probably poised to go higher. That is flat out depressing.
  • Last this week, a great friend of mine sent me a story on the government reading people's tweets and Facebook pages and the "outrage" of that effort. Well, I for one could care less. Those are public forums, and if you've got something to hide, Twitter and Facebook are not the place for you. Face it, in the electronic world, everything is somehow fair game. And it while it might not be right in every case, it is what it is. 

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

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I just read the notice of the sudden closure of Trainor Glass. With my long history in the glass industry of 40 years I have always been amused at our interest in the largest companies. It would be interesting to see how many are still on the list five years and ten years after being listed. I can think of several but will not list them, for obvious reasons. I'd like to see Glass Magazine publish a list of those who have gone out of business within the five and ten year windows. I always thought it was profit and not size which was the true mark of a successful business, not sales. On several ocasions we were able to make the top listing in your magazine but never took the opportunity to apply.

Jerry Thank you for posting, I always appreciate your insight  (Even pre blog!)  No doubt this is an issue to study and review how all of us see what's good and bad. 

Support the suppliers that do not fall into the "it's a nice job and we need to sell it even if the Glazing Contractor does not pay on time" category. Our company has always monitored the Glazing Contractors prices and preformance, if they do not pay on time and are notorious for low ball bids we stay away. We turn down projects based on who is awarded the contract. If more legitimate Glazing Contractors were to support suppliers that operate like ours there would be fewer unqualified Glazing Contractors in the market.  Please support those that try to keep some integrity in this market. Scott Motz

Finding a way for manufacturers to keep track of suppliers who have gone out of business would be a very helpful resource. It takes time to track down new suppliers and time is money. As time increases so doesn't the cost to the end consumer.-- Jay Snow, Marketing Manager, MTI Systems.

Scott/Jay- Thank you for the comments.  (hope you don't mind, I'll answer you both at once, no need to do extra replies)    Scott- fantastic call and a rightful challenge to the industry.  Jay, it's shame that a resource like that i sneeded but no doubt it would be helpful.  I am sure someone is on it.  Thanks again guys for reading and posting.