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Monday, December 8, 2014

Last week, I noted the handful of people who were considered for the 2014 Industry MVP award, but did not come away with the title. The time has now come to recognize the winner, and like some other mainstream publications have done in the past, I went a little non-traditional with the choice this year. Instead of picking a person, I picked a company. I looked at everything this company did this past year—its continued support of the industry and its growth—and it was a slam-dunk. Because it’s a company known for its team effort, I couldn’t just pick one person out. So I decided to recognize the whole lot (though I will mention one individual below).  

The 2014 winner of the “From the Fabricator Industry MVP” is ... C.R. Laurence Co.. From an industry standpoint, CRL is always there at every show and event, always supporting, even though, in many cases, they probably don’t have to. But I believe, and have been told, they do it because it’s the right thing to do for the industry. I sincerely hope it continues. From a product standpoint, CRL released more excellent innovations this year including a unitized curtain wall and window system unveiled at AIA that has game-changing potential. Plus, their software releases are huge as well. And yes, when it comes to people, CRL delivers there, too. So many make a difference, case in point a guy like Brad Thurman, who is as impressive as they come. I've seen Brad in action and he represents his company and this industry with absolute class. And he’s just one of many there that do a great job, led by excellent ownership and management. So, there you have it, a little different than the typical, but in my opinion, a company that deserves the props.

Elsewhere…

  • The new Glass Magazine is fantastic and one column is a must read. Please check out Katy Devlin’s piece on the transportation issues facing our industry. It is worth your time.
  • I know I am harping on the transportation issue and on the glass capacity issue (and I am told other writers are taking the opposite of my insight on a few of these items). But I continue to talk with people every day—people who are in the trenches—and these issues are real. I guess you can choose which magazine or writer to believe, but when it comes to the best interests of this industry, I feel like I have your backs. And, what’s the worst thing that can happen...you get ultra organized?
  • Well just one more blog scheduled for 2014. Will the big deal I have been talking about for the last few weeks happen? Things got very quiet last week. Maybe it’s the calm before the storm, or maybe we have a “runaway bride” and the deal was iced. We shall see. If/when the deal does happen, I’ll blog about it.
  • Last week, I attended a semi-interesting webinar on green building. For the most part the confidence of continued green building growth is still very strong. A few tidbits I found interesting: China’s 3 Star energy program passed LEED to become the second most popular energy related standard in the world. (EnergyStar in the United States is No. 1); plus, did you know that Singapore offers a rebate for retrofitting buildings to become energy efficient? (an incentive here surely would be nice); finally, the analysts on the webinar felt that the move to green growth was now more about financial advantages than environmental.
  • Last this week, for the first time in my life I hurt my back. And I can tell you I have no idea how those of you with chronic back problems do it. You all are my heroes. My goodness this is brutal, and I hope temporary, as I have little to no pain tolerance…


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 MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.

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.

Monday, December 1, 2014

It’s time for our annual look at who the most valuable player is in the glass and glazing industry for 2014. There are quite a few great candidates but there is only one winner. I have selected the winner and that announcement comes next week, but I did want to run through the other candidates in contention. I do this mostly because I believe in shining the spotlight on those extremely deserving people. So here goes, the runners up for the “2014 From the Fabricator Glass and Glazing MVP.”

  • John Wheaton, Wheaton and Sprague: Whether you do work with him, follow him on Twitter or hear him speak, you've surely noticed John's incredible passion and care. He shows great interest in the industry and its future. This is a guy who is always promoting awesome projects and work in the field, even if he didn’t have anything to do with it--unselfish and classy to the core.
  • Rick Wright, Oldcastle BE: Similar to John Wheaton, Rick shows passion for the industry. He can sometimes be on the other side of popular opinion on issues, but always has a reason and solid logic. Rick cares for how we (the industry) are presented in public and is extremely active in the trade organization world.
  • Tom O’Malley: Tom’s on this list because he went out on his own this year, seemingly 10 minutes after the recession lifted, and built a business, Clover Architectural Products. So basically this is a guy who could’ve done anything, anywhere, yet stuck his neck out big time. Folks, that’s serious confidence in our industry (and himself). Plus he’s always on the edge of innovation and bringing new and positive items to our world.
  • Bernard Lax, Pulp Studio: When I think of Bernard, I think of this famous quote: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Basically while Bernard is not front and center at trade meetings, when he does express his thoughts they carry a ton of weight. He is not afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to health of the industry and the safety of our stakeholders. I probably get to talk to him once or twice a year, but those conversations always have meaning and value. Plus he has an insanely creative mind, which is also a plus.

Now of course there are many others that would be up for this that I have noted in previous editions and awards like Julie Schimmelpennigh, Valerie Block, Chris Dolan, Kris Vockler and so on, but I wanted this list to be of people I had not nominated and noted in depth before. The winner comes next week!

Elsewhere…

  • For those of you who only read my blog when it's reposted on GlassMagazine.com and published in e-glass weekly, I did post last week on my original site, so if you want more insight on the latest deal talks, green stats and some cool links, please check it out.
  • So which states had the biggest year-over-year gains (October) in construction employment? The winner may surprise you as it did me. The top 5…

5. Utah
4. Illinois
3. California
2. Texas
1. Florida

Yes, the Sunshine State led the way and I do find that surprising for sure. Could be a signal that the slow-to-recover market there is starting to perk up.

  • Last this week, it's December which will seemingly go very quickly, and while that’s good from a personal standpoint, from a business view these last two months are tough ones. After the 18 work day November, the holiday season may not have as much cheer with such little time to get work done!

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 MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.

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.

Monday, December 1, 2014

For the fifth consecutive year, Glass Magazine will present the Top Glass Fabricators in its January/February 2015 issue. The Top Glass Fabricators Special Report offers a comprehensive view of the glass fabrication market in the United States and Canada. In addition to the list of Top Glass Fabricators—based on annual sales volume—the report includes market statistics related to sales volume, product demand and acquisition plans.

For the very first time, the 2015 report will also include a handful of projects featuring the Feats of Fabrication that made them possible.

Glass fabricators include those companies that have stand-alone fabrication plants in the United States or Canada that service our industry. The list does not include float glass manufacturers that also have fabrication capabilities at their locations. It also does not cover fabricators of strictly specialty glass, such as fire-rated.

We want to feature the glass industry's achievements. In order for us to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, we rely on direct submissions from the glass fabrication industry. If your company should be included in the Top Glass Fabricators report, please complete the Top Glass Fabricators survey by Friday, Dec. 5. And feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments.

Stough is managing editor of Glass Magazine. Contact her at bstough@glass.org.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A few months back, I came across a list of seven architectural blunders that covered design missteps from the “worrying to the downright absurd.” Shortly after, I saw an infographic titled “Failure by Design.” Reading two pieces that highlighted wayward designs so close together got me thinking: Shouldn’t we focus on learning from past mistakes and designing better buildings, instead of fixating on the errors themselves?

From a glass and framing perspective, experience has taught me the answer is yes. History has helped inform and instruct us to better use glass in building design, from the type of products the industry now offers to how we install them.

Consider how much we’ve learned from increasing the amount of glazing in the building envelope. Buildings with poor thermal performance led to low-emissivity glass, which evolved into spectrally selective low-E glass. Now, hyper-insulating, electrochromic and thermochromic glazing options are entering the field to further improve the energy-efficiency of buildings. Design professionals using these advanced products can better optimize curtain walls and façades.

Glass-enclosed buildings have also brought entirely new problems to light, such as how to prevent bird strikes and effectively communicate user control for operable windows. Without buildings that called into question these limitations, designs would not be able account for performance or occupant comfort in the way they do today.

On the code side, consider the progression of fire-rated glazing products. To meet supporting design goals, it’s become increasingly common to see the hardworking material supplement daylighting, match non-fire-rated glazing systems, provide building compartmentation and act as a focal point—all in one application. As a result of the products’ multifunctionality, the glazing industry has been able to make architects’ and general contractors’ jobs easier.

For each of the advancements above, one or two buildings served as a catalyst for change. While it’s easy to dissect the criticism they’ve received, what’s more important is that all building and design sectors, including glass and framing, have greatly benefited from the chance to evaluate what we can do better.

So, as 2015 fast approaches, let’s use history to move us closer to better glass and framing solutions. Time and experience are excellent teachers. They generate a natural increase in sophistication in buildings over time that ultimately shape the future of glazing. What have they taught you about glass and framing?

Jeff Razwick is the president of Technical Glass Products (TGP), a supplier of fire-rated glass and framing systems, and other specialty architectural glazing. He writes frequently about the design and specification of glazing for institutional and commercial buildings, and (past) chairs the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Fire-Rated Glazing Council (FRGC). Contact him at 800/426-0279.

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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The acquisition part of the glass industry has been pretty quiet in the last few years. While some smaller deals have taken place, the mega deals have not. But I can tell you that if the hot rumors blowing up my phone and e-mail are true, there is one such mega deal coming soon. If this deal happens, it will change the landscape of the industry again. Back in my past life I could throw the names out there (like I did when I broke the EFCO-Pella and Oldcastle-Vistawall deals), but things are different these days. People are more careful (me included), and companies like to float things to throw me off the scent (yes, I have been told as much). So, I’ll just leave it at the teaser above. In any case, I’m grabbing the popcorn and sitting back waiting to see if/when this one happens. It should be very interesting.

Elsewhere…

  • Guardian announced the closing of its Floreffe, Pennsylvania plant, which will be the third domestic float plant to go off line in the last year now. Add that to the many (nine at least) gone since 2006. In some circles word is this whole tightening of glass supply may be made up. All I am saying is it's now down to pure math and logic. We are facing A LOT less capacity matched to better and improving business conditions. As a consumer of glass, you have two choices: look for a conspiracy and start arguments, or plan to be proactive and be on top of your game with active communications and prepared logistics. Your choice, but math and logic are on my side on this one. And if the tightening does not turn out to be serious, guess what? Your business actually got better because you had to become even more efficient than before. No downside at all to that.
  • There is one other major potential tightening of supply in the world right now that could be a concern. A potential shortage of chocolate. Even a product like this suffers from many supply chain issues, too. Glad I am back on the diet again because when I get off, M&M’s may be $10 per bag.
  • I have to ask my readers in California for some insight into what I am hearing is a massive mess with Title 24. Evidently, municipalities are developing their own codes, which are confusing and beyond the current written code in place. This “wild wild west” mentality is throwing the various code inspectors into a bit of a flux and thus delaying code decisions and actual occupancy of buildings. I’d love some input on what is happening there and if it’s as crazy as it sounds. Or is it just the good ole California way of doing business? At the end of the day though, it’s already tough enough to do business when you are dealing with codes and ratings as it is, but a moving goal post is surely not fun.
  • Speaking of energy, this time in Washington, D.C., it will be interesting to see if the change in the make up of the Senate will help the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill get off the ground. There are some positives in that bill that would be good for our industry for sure.
  • Coming soon will be my list of potential Industry MVPs. Last year’s winner was Tracy Rogers of Quanex. Who will take home the prize in 2014?

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 MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.

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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Last year, I made the mistake of asking my seven-year-old nephew to think about the tall buildings in a big city as a visual for architectural glass (so he could understand what “my” magazine is about). As a lifetime resident of northern Virginia, his nearest big city is Washington, D.C.

“You mean like the Washington Monument?” he said.
“Well, no, like a skyscraper with lots of windows.”
“What’s a skyscraper?”

When thinking of the nation’s capital, he pictured brick buildings and stone monuments. But the idea of heavy glass use was difficult to imagine in his big city experience.

I was reminded of this conversation when visiting my sister again recently. We planned an afternoon in the city, and because I am unwittingly becoming a “glass geek” I asked if we could visit the newly opened and glass-centric American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.
The memorial honors disabled veterans and their families, in part using three walls of oversize glass panels showcasing etched images and quotes. At five layers thick, these laminated panels are an impressive feat of glass fabrication.

As my nephew noted the layers of glass in each panel—and that they had been “glued” together to make thicker panels—I told him that this is the type of glass Glass Magazine is all about.

“Cool,” he said, continuing to look at the pictures and run his fingers along the etched indentations in the glass.

And it is cool. Simply what can be done with glass, how it can enclose, showcase, wayfind and communicate, depending on how it’s applied, is cool. And it’s really cool when glass is the material of choice to honor our service men and women. I’d say it was a great choice. My nephew approved, too.

Read more about the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The first major 2015 forecast was released last week and it was chock full of positive news. According to the Dodge Data & Analytics report, commercial building will be up 15 percent next year. In addition, the forecast predicted some nice gains for the institutional and public works segments. The public works business has been stuck in a bad place for a while, so gains there are not only good for our industry, but for overall life as well. The only hesitations now are pretty simple: Will this report be accurate? (as we all know these projections in the past haven’t exactly been picture perfect.) And, if it is correct, will there be glass available, and drivers available to deliver said glass, to meet these additional needs?

Elsewhere…

  • Despite the optimism above, there were mixed messages from the various monthly reports. The ABI was strong and has bounced back from a soft middle of the year, but the Dodge Momentum Index has not been stellar recently. However, it is in the positive territory, just not as solid as it was earlier in the year. Spending on nonresidential construction also dipped, which could be a red flag as well. 
  • A few of you out there may have heard me tell the story on how I desperately wanted to be selected for jury duty a few years ago and was passed over, making me the only person at the courthouse that day mad at being sent home at 11 a.m.  Well there’s a jury trial coming up that's so massive, so major, and quite frankly so unreal, that even I want anything to do with it right now. Although I actually find the subject to be fascinating because it involves our industry in a way. What I am talking about is the breach of contract trial regarding the Harmon Hotel at CityCenter in Las Vegas. The trial is expected to last a whole year, with more than three million pieces of evidence and 35 lawyers. The trial actually involves 12 separate cases wrapped into one. Now if I were retired, I would LOVE to be on this jury. Heck I have felt for years now that an oral history/book on the CityCenter project would be riveting, so doing this trial would be the icing on the cake. But it's not meant to be, and given the numbers of the folks brought in, my odds would’ve been long anyway. Over four hundred prospective jurors from an initial pool of 6000 will be whittled to 8 jurors and 12 alternates when all is said and done. This surely will be one to watch.
  • I was delayed in giving my Glass Magazine “best ad of the month” award. So in the awesome October issue, some previous winners continue to stand out (Kawneer, Cardinal, Quanex), but the nod this time goes to PPG for not only their clean and catchy back cover ad, BUT the companion specialty website to go with it. PPG has been very active creating specialty websites for specific products and promotions, and they did one as well with this ad. It’s a sharp and forward thinking maneuver. Well done and major props to Pat Kenny, Rob Struble and everyone there who had a hand in this.
  • Last this week, big time congratulations to my friend Jim Ventre on his promotion at Gardner Glass Products. Jim is now vice president of Flat Glass Sales at Gardner and that basically means he’s now big time… That also means he’ll probably never talk with me again! Seriously though, Jim is one of the industry's nicest guys, and it’s great to see him rewarded for his talent/efforts.

Read on for video and links 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 MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.

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.

Monday, November 3, 2014

From specialty glass to machinery, and modern design options to thermal performance solutions, the products on display at glasstec 2014 demonstrated some of the “best of” for the glass industry. Exhibitors from around the world presented new innovations and solutions for customers, and demonstrated the increasing possibilities for glass. 

The world's largest trade show, glasstec, took place October 21-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where new glass technologies of every type and configuration, along with the machinery that creates them, took up nine exhibit halls. About 43,000 people attended the event, which hosted 1,217 exhibitors from around the world, according to show organizers.

Check out some of the industry's best in our glasstec 2014 photo galleries, below, and read more about the event here.

glasstec 2014, Day One

  

glasstec 2014, Day Two

   

glasstec 2014, Day Three

 

glasstec 2014, Day Four

   

 

glass technology live

   

Read more about the
products and services
on display at glasstec 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

With glasstec done, we are now in the final stretch of 2014. The next eight weeks will set the tone for 2015 because of the various economic and industry conditions that are in play. The most major, and the one you will certainly hear the most about, is the primary glass supply concern. Certain styles of glass are already harder to get than they have been in recent times, and that issue is going to get worse. Add in the transportation issue that I touched on last week, and we’ve got a challenging road ahead. It is somewhat depressing that we find ourselves in this ordeal. We’ve waited for a more normalized run of business and now that it is here (in most places), we have to deal with these other obstacles. Enjoy the end of the year, celebrate the holidays, but get ready (and prepare to be more organized than ever), because 2015 is shaping up to be a very interesting year.

Elsewhere…

  • Because I was away, I missed the passing of Phil Blizzard, most recently of YKK AP. I was so saddened to hear the news. Phil was a great man and truly a unique character in our world. My condolences to his family and his friends and co-workers at YKK. He will be missed.
  • News this past week that the USGBC will delay the closing of the older LEED rating system (LEED 2009) until 2016 is no surprise at all. The new LEED version is starkly different, and once again the USGBC had no idea how long jobs take from the initial stages until product arriving on site. It was obvious that the new LEED version could not be the only program offered, and they had to make a move. Plus, this gives me time to try and understand the new version better; that will be a challenge for sure.
  • Speaking of green, I heard some so-so reviews on Greenbuild. Many felt that attendance was off and the lack of true decision makers was noticable. To me, there have never been many decision makers there, so that is not a surprise. Next year the show is in Washington, D.C., so I am sure everyone involved is hoping to get the attendance boost that a show in a heavily populated area like D.C. brings. Whether it brings actual decision makers, I still have my doubts.
  • One leftover from glasstec, I was very impressed by the products that Dow Corning had on display. Some serious out-of-the-box thinking happening there. Obviously Jon Kimberlain must have a hand in all of that greatness.
  • Also, the experience of flying Delta, and of flying through the Atlanta airport could not have been any smoother. The Atlanta airport blew me away from the moment we landed at the international terminal. The layout, instructions and helpful people were spectacular. Obviously much different than flying through Atlanta domestically where it is so crazy.
  • Once again following the Conners Sales Group on twitter (@ConnersSales) paid off with a link to an interesting story on mock-ups for glass. It was a well-done piece by Vivian Volz, and her blog looks like one to add to the reading list, especially when she’s writing about building products.
  • Am I dreaming, or did it really snow in several parts of the country this past weekend? Winter is predicted to be a bear, and I guess its getting a jump on things.
  • Last this week, thanks to the LinkedIn notifications I get, a happy birthday to three great industry guys...Have a good one Ryan Kerch of Quanex, James Wright of Glass Coatings and Concepts, and Kelly Townsend of Tubelite. Normally I don’t note all birthdays, but figured it would be nice to give a shout out to these excellent folks. Plus, for some reason I like November birthdays!

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 MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.

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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The 2014 edition of glasstec is in the books and quite simply, it was amazing. Having never been to this event I did not know what to expect, and despite studying like crazy I was still caught off guard by the pure size of everything. Mostly every booth (or stand as they call them at this show) was monstrous.  The equipment on display was breathtaking, and as a glass geek, I just was in awe at so much of it. If there was a disappointment (other than horrendous Internet at my hotel), it was the weakness in glass technology. I did not see the innovation that I expected, and honestly I think we had more innovation with glass products at GlassBuild. But that was minor, because the equipment, the software, and the ability to see how people do things from all over the world was more than enough to make this an incredibly memorable week.

Overall, the show was packed, and people were very positive about the future. The only scary part was the scuttlebutt about tightening glass supply in North America, and the very obvious and frustrating lack of trucking that is causing delivery delays. The themes of 2015 will be logistics and planning, because our industry is not the same as it was five years ago. We have fewer float plants, fewer available trucks and drivers, and now major improving economic conditions. If you are a fabricator, you need to plan and inventory differently than you have in the past, and if you are a glazier, make sure you and your fabricator are communicating lead times effectively, because they may be disrupted due to transport issues. I will have much more on this in the coming weeks.

As I always do after a show, here is the seen and heard:

  • Hardware was everywhere, and great usages and advancements continue. That all-glass look with classy hardware is just awesome, and it’s only going to get better. What was the “in” product that seemed to be everywhere? Blinds in-between glass.  Stunning, since that is not exactly a new technology. Also, quite a bit of decorative, though I heard from many that the styles on display were not eye-catching, and I must agree. 
  • The busiest booth? Guardian. Especially on day three of the show. The place was like a Vegas nightclub, with people jam-packed in there. Somewhere in that mass of humanity I did get to chat with the super Amy Hennes, who now has helped point me the right direction at yet another show. Thankfully, I got in on day one of the show before the masses descended on their spot. Also, great to visit with Chris Dolan, Jay Phillips, and Matt Hill. I feel horrible I never could spend time with my favorite Chinese connection, Dan Plotnick. He was just too busy. But not seeing me is best for his street cred in China. 
  • Coolest machinery? Everything I saw was awesome, but two stood out for me. First, the loading/unloading robot that the tremendous guys from Salem showed me at the Bovone booth. That will help efficiency in plants for sure. Second, the cutter from Turomas Tecnocat was incredible. Fast, quiet, and seriously effective. I watched in awe for a while, including a part where it cut 1-inch thick glass like a hot knife through butter. Thank you to Juan Pablo Herrera of IGE for getting me my own private demo there.
  • Seen out and about:

I visited with Doug Marren at Eastman and even saw Aimee Davis as well. She no longer works on our side of the industry, so I never get to see her. So, that was a treat. I met, for the first time, Ruby Singh of Glassfab, who is a seriously good guy. And it was nice to see Mike Goldfarb, also of Glassfab. I had not seen Doug Studt from Torstenson Glass in quite a while, so it was super to run into him. And, it’s always a pleasure and honor to see Bernard Lax of Pulp Studios.

Pat Kenny of PPG was stationed right across from the NGA\WDDA booth, so catching up with him was excellent. It was his first glasstec in many years. Meanwhile Max Hals was making yet another triumphant appearance at the show. He has been at the show every year since 1982. Such a good man, and glad we have the same name, as people confuse us sometimes. I benefit from that deal that’s for sure! Getting to chat with Ren Bartoe of Vesuvius is the best. He interrupted a conversation with others to say hi to me, and I appreciate that. I was able to spend time with Manny Borda of IGE, which was fantastic—pure class, that man is. And speaking of class as well as “cool,” Michael Schmidt of Forel fits that description. Meeting with him in the massive Forel exhibition was a neat experience. And while in that booth I visited with Steve Bouchard of Glass Distributors Inc., which was totally enjoyable.

No Diego Cuevas of Onyx, as he had to work Greenbuild, but their booth was busy, and I got to meet the very sharp and intelligent Mila Plaza who was covering the stand for them. I love that solar is gaining traction. Getting a few minutes with Steve Weidner of NSG/Pilkington was awesome. He treats me better than I deserve. Always good to see Scott Hoover of Tecglass/Arrow as well as spending a little time with Carey and Chris Mobius of Garibaldi.

As for the not seen... I saw Devin Bowman of TGP at the airport in Atlanta, but never saw him at the show. Rob Botman and Jordan Richards of Glassopolis were at the show, but never saw them, and rumor has it they owned the town at night with legendary outings. Nice.

  • Last, on my final day there, I went for a nice (but icy cold) run along the Rhein. Portions of my lungs I think are still behind in Germany floating along that river. Somewhere my running idol, Jeff Ziesche of CRL/US Aluminum, has to be smiling about that one.

I’m sure I missed more than one thing and we’ll catch that next week as we return once again to normal. 

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 MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.

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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