From the Fabricator: Springing Into Show Season

Spring is starting to hit, and trade-show season is about to kick into gear. 2013 is lining up to be an extremely memorable year for shows, and it’s something that everyone in our industry should take as a very positive sign. We’ve had  a good event already with BEC. Next up is the 2013 Glass Expo, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Glass Association, which is looking to be a very strong event. Following that is AIA in Denver, and then the biggie, GlassBuild America in September. The reason all of this is positive is the more attendance and interactivity at these events, the more business gets done, the more connections are made and the more product lines are diversified. It also shows confidence in the industry and economy. Another good sign: companies that have not exhibited in awhile are coming back, along with other organizations that are stepping up and taking on major sponsorships. So here’s the bottom line: While we can look at various indexes to see how the market is doing, it’s really the busy and successful shows―with companies of all sizes, shapes, and segments―that are the real measure of the positive tidings in place and to come.


  • Speaking of good shows, evidently Glassplex India did very well, and I have been hearing a ton about the growth and potential in that part of the world. Plus, this blog is very popular in India as well, so maybe I’ll go to that event when it comes back in 2015.
  • One of the best people in our industry is Bill Evans of Evans Glass Co. He proved it once again recently, when he and his company coordinated with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes to build handicapped accessible ramping for a disabled veteran in Tennessee. Bill and his company could’ve passed or just done the bare minimum, but of course, they did not. Instead, they went above and beyond and got their mission accomplished in just four days compared to the several months it would’ve taken the VA. It is heartwarming to know we have people in our industry who step up for a family in need and a man who bravely fought for his country and came home severely wounded.
  • Movie to see: “Oz The Great and Powerful” was excellent.  It was a great, unique takeoff of the old Wizard of Oz story,and James Franco was fantastic in the lead role. Plus, Mila Kunis might be the best-looking wicked witch ever.
  • Crazy cool fact online this week about prices of GigaBytes (GB). Take a look at this; it's simply wild how quickly the technology changed pricewise. I just chuckle looking at my flash drives. Price of 1 GB of storage over time: 1981 $300,000; 1987 $50,000; 1990 $10,000; 1994 $1,000; 1997 $100; 2000 $10; 2004 $1; 2012 $0.10.
  • Last this week, baseball has begun, and since I am on a serious roll picking, I need to make my choices. So, here goes… Your playoff teams in the American League will be the Blue Jays, White Sox and Angels, with the Tigers as the wild card. I’ll go with the Angels to win the AL. In the NL, my choices are the Nationals, Reds, Giants and Cardinals, with the Nats winning it and the Nats winning it all in the end. Right now, between the Ravens winning, the Red Hot Caps in hockey and the Nats this fall, it must be nice to be a fan in the DC/Baltimore area.

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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

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...and how about those Louisville Cardinals?! Whoohoo!!
Great game, great coach too... the past week, Rick Pitino saw his son hired as Minnesota's head coach, entered a horse in the Kentucky Derby, was selected for Hall of Fame induction ... and oh yeah, won a national title.

I need to rub up against this dude!

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