The Glass Hustle
This past weekend, I saw “American Hustle” by David O. Russell, and it is richly deserving of the almost universal accolades by movie critics. What I haven’t seen in any of the film reviews so far is a shared appreciation for the hero’s childhood roots as a sleazy con artist—breaking storefront glass to help boost his father’s struggling glass business. It’s a hilariously cringe-worthy (if you’re in the industry) set-up that had me remembering the baseball-bat-wielding auto glass guys from days gone by. People’s heads, tongues and jokes wagged every time we published one of those smarmy incidents.
This year’s top glass industry news stories cast a more business-correct theme of mergers and price hikes, but they make clear that most everyone is hustling—in the positive sense of the word—to make the right, bold moves for future health and prosperity.
And to that I say, here’s to a strong year-end and even stronger 2014 for all.
Nicole Harris is vice president and publisher of the National Glass Association. Email her at email@example.com.