From the fabricator: Will it be 2011 or ... 2013?
Almost a year ago, I wrote about a story where analysts felt the return of better times in the commercial glass industry would not start to pick up until 2013. I noted then that it boggled my mind because most analysts predicted a return by the end of 2010. Well here we are at the end of 2010, and those analysts were pretty wrong. Now those same analysts are predicting a slight increase in 2011 on the commercial side. Can they be right this time? It will be interesting to see for sure.... And I wonder if these guys will get terminated if they are wrong again, or is forecasting the economy for our industry like doing the weather on TV? No weatherman ever gets fired for missing that big storm prediction...
- Well, the election is over... and after the lame duck session it will be time to get to work. Hopefully the focus will be in the right place, and the rhetoric will be put away in favor of action that helps the country advance forward.
- I saw legendary gold medalist Michael Phelps in the airport last week. Pretty cool sighting. A buddy of mine asked me if I went up to him to get a picture or autograph... I didn't because I always remember Greg Carney telling me how he hates getting mobbed in airports and all.... so out respect for his personal space I left him alone... now if it was someone that my kids would've gotten a charge of (Wrestlers, Sid Crosby or Taylor Swift) then I'd have to waive that rule in order to be a good dad.
- Saw IronMan 2 last week as well and like the Spiderman movies, what a great movie to promote the beauty of tempered glass.... Tons of tempered used throughout... I think the supplier should get a note during the films credits....'cause to a glass geek like me, the glass had a starring role.
- Missed this last week, but e-glass weekly ran the note on Columbus, Ohio being on top of the list for metro areas adding construction jobs. Made me and many others think back to the news of Mid Ohio closing... so Columbus is growing and the branch closes? Yep, looks like if the rumored guy from out West opens there he'll be stepping into a nice spot. (and that guy seemingly ALWAYS steps into nice spots!)
- Though the flip side is the overall 17.3 unemployment rate on the construction side. Ugly stuff folks... man I hope that analyst from above is right this time...
Max Perilstein is chief marketing officer for Vitro America, Memphis. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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