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Monday, November 26, 2012

Mid-day Sunday, I received word that Eddie Goldberg had passed away. This one has shaken me up some, as Eddie not only was a relative of mine, but an industry icon as an owner and leader at a few different companies, most recently at Utica Glass. He was a serious fixture at industry events and a guy who truly cared a ton for what we all do. Eddie always greeted me (and most others) with a great smile and handshake, and could immediately jump into any of the issues affecting our world with ease. He and I used to go round and round about GlassBuild. He was never a fan of Vegas, feeling it was great for quantity but not for quality. No matter what role Eddie held in the businesses he owned and worked at, he always took the same classy approach: always welcoming, always looking forward. Many in the industry might have never met Eddie or known him, and that's a shame, as he was an excellent man who will be greatly missed.

Elsewhere…

  • Since my previous blog, Greenbuild took place, and reaction to the show has been mixed. Some folks felt it was a solid show that met expectations, but others disagreed. From an exhibitor point of view, it has to get concerning when this show keeps ending up in the most expensive venues possible: last year Toronto, this year San Fran, next year Philly. Those are budget-busting cities. And still I’d love to know how rock concerts, swanky parties and tons of worthless swag are good for the health of our planet? To me, it smacks of the “do what we say, not what we do” mentality.
  • Also on Greenbuild, there was a decent amount of news generated from the show, and once again a lot of it was from the dynamic glass space. Soladigm rebranded the company as View Inc., and SAGE announced a marketing agreement with Viracon. The dynamic space even got quality mainstream media notice in USA Today. I know there are doubters, but the momentum is really strong when it comes to the technologies that make up this segment.
  • Going hand in hand with this was McGraw Hill's very positive outlook for the “green” building market. While I believe certifications like LEED will wane, I do think that solid sustainable building practices, bolstered by codes and code enforcement, will dominate the next several years.
  • A hearty congrats to the gang at Metropolitan Glass in Denver for their “Circle of Safety” award. A commitment like that to a safe workplace can never be underestimated.
  • This may stun some of my loyal readers, but I have to give major kudos to the folks at Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope for their BIM IQ rollout and website. It is simply amazing. BIM has been this bizarre mystery in our industry as it’s not mainstream and very few folks are embracing it because its usage is inconsistent. Oldcastle’s new setup may change that. Congrats to them for this effort. It looks very promising.
  • Hey, the ABI rocked upward again. It is really “put up or shut up” time for this index in my opinion. Starting with next month, we’ll be watching last year’s totals and comparing them to what is happening in real time.
  • Congrats to the folks at Guardian subsidiary SRG for setting a Guinness World Record at a recent family day in Spain. They broke they record for… get this… rhythmic snapping! Here’s the evidence.
  • Last this week, I was able to see the new movie Lincoln and all I can say is WOW. This was an amazing movie that was made even more so by the performance of Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead role. The Oscars should not even waste their time nominating anyone else for Best Actor and just give him that statue. He was that good. In addition, I would not be surprised if Sally Field took home Best Actress. You know a movie is good when you come home and dig into the computer looking up as much as you can about the subject.

Read on for links and clip 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 13, 2012

I’d rather see a sermon any day than hear one. Wouldn’t you? Someone is always watching each of us. Most of the time we do not know they are watching us. Rest assured, though, they are taking notes about what we do. Through my experience as a runner, I have seen the positive impact consistent behavior can have on the observer, and how the disbelief/belief stage of an observer can change. For example:

Stage 1: I tell others I am training to run a marathon.  The observer acknowledges the goal but does not believe it. We, as a society, have too often heard people say they will do something and then seen them make excuses for not completing the task.

Stage 2: The observer sees my consistent behavior, but justifies his or her inability to do something similar by using a weak excuse.  For example, the observer sees me running consistently, but states they can’t do it because they have “bad knees."

Stage 3: The observer still doesn’t believe I will finish what I've started, but is beginning to want to believe.  They ask, “Are you still running?”  It takes willpower not to become discouraged or influenced by this remark.  It also takes willpower not to make snide smart-aleck remarks.

Stage 4: The observer becomes an apprehensive believer.  As it relates to running, they ask about upcoming races or mileage.  The observer begins to live vicariously through my consistent action.

Stage 5: The observer is now a complete believer.  They ask about my goals and my progress toward these goals. The observer celebrates my accomplishment of goals as if the goals were his or her own. 

Stage 6: The observer becomes a participant themselves. He or she always compares what they are doing to you in a diminishing light.  For example, they might say, “I’ve starting walking twice a week, but that doesn’t compare to your running.”  It is at this point that we must become a cheerleader for the observer and encourage them to attain their goals, not ours. 

These same stages occur during a business cycle:

  1. Observers watch you start/diversify a business. 
  2. They make excuses about why they can’t do the same. 
  3. They ask if you’ve hit any roadblocks in your business.
  4. They ask how busy your business is and begin to celebrate its growth. 
  5. They ask what your growth strategy and goals are for the coming year.
  6. The observer might come to work for you, open their own business or expand their role in their current job.

Our consistent actions and words can change those observing our behavior.  If, on the other hand, we quit and justify our failure with excuses, we reinforce the observer's initial disbelief in us. We need to be consistent in our actions! Who do think is watching you?

The author is president, Evans Glass Co. in Nashville and chairman of the board for the National Glass Association. Write him at bevans@evansglasscompany.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 12, 2012

Well, the U.S. election is finally over, with excitement for those on the winning side and the absolute angst of defeat for those on the losing side. Regardless, the deal is done, and the hope on both sides should be that the dysfunction junction that is Washington D.C. gets it together for the good of our world. As for our industry, the focus will return to the lending institutions, as many of the projections in the last few months noted that the election would have an effect on construction. So, we’ll now surely see what that effect will be.

Elsewhere…

Lots of good news this week; let’s hit a few...

  • Congrats to an old friend and coworker of mine, Jeff Ziesche (also known as my Mom’s third-favorite kid behind my brother and sister). Jeff was tapped by the sharp folks at CRL to become director of sales & marketing for the US Aluminum Division. I am thrilled for Z and family: a great spot for him.
  • Kudos to Arlene Stewart, one of the keenest minds ever to talk energy, who was named the Florida Home Builders Association  Associate Member of the Year. Arlene brings credibility and passion to all she does, and it’s nice to see the FHBA recognized that.
  • The folks at YKK AP picked up an award from Architectural Products Magazine in their “Innovative Products” section for their latest curtain-wall release. More than 50 judges from all angles of the construction industry selected YKK for the honor. Congrats to Oliver Stepe, Mike Turner and all of the folks there.
  • This week is Greenbuild, and I will miss it, but I know plenty of folks who are going, so we’ll have any pertinent details when I post again.
  • And speaking of posting again, this will be the last post until the week of November 25. I'm giving my fingers and brain a break for the holiday. Of course, if there's any more breaking news, or hot and heavy acquisition rumors, you will be able to find them here.
  • Last week saw another acquisition for the Consolidated Glass group. They are surely on the move. Loved seeing my old pal Don Power have his name in the news too. If you know Don, you know he’d rather be anywhere than in the media.
  • By the way, a huge story this week involved the  ICC pushing to laminated glass for handrails and guardrails. That should have a significant effect on business and design, that's for sure. The bad news is that with how slow municipalities are to adopt measures, it will be awhile before this truly shows its value.
  • Last this week, two items: a happy birthday to my Mother, and Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers. Hope everyone can take that day to sit back, relax and enjoy, and get away from the race and pressure of this breakneck society we live in.

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 5, 2012

I live in New York City, and Sandy was my first hurricane.  I am one of the very lucky.  Except for rattling windows and worry, we were spared the worst of the storm.  We never went dark, never cold, never hungry.  

John Swanson, Window & Door's associate publisher,  lives and works about 90 blocks south of me, and the lights went out.  He came to my apartment last Wednesday to get WDweekly out and charge cell phones and laptops.  He then decamped with his family to his mother's house in Massachusetts for the rest of the week.  

On Saturday afternoon, I walked around Greenwich Village, where the power had just come on. Building doormen commented about the ghost town atmosphere.  Some people I talked to hadn't yet seen the endless images of destruction on Staten Island and Atlantic City, among many others.

As is true in any disaster, where you are relative to the epi-center can mean life, death and degrees of destruction.   For some glass companies in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut last week, scrambling even a few hours before the 'worst storm ever' hit was the difference between maintaining some power and connectivity to the world or none at all.   They were also among the lucky semi-prepared in the face of Sandy’s onslaught.   We're still hearing about others who have lost their homes, their glass business or both.    

To be sure, there are lessons to be learned as mayhem continues in some areas, and clean-up and rebuilding starts in others.  For those of us safe and sound in other parts of the country, as you reach out to help those in need, think, too, about helping yourselves for a future calamity—whatever form it takes. 

As I searched for articles on disaster recovery planning (stay tuned, you’ll see a lot more), here are six steps to start thinking about and implementing now:

  1. List events that may cause lost data or technology
  2. Safeguard  company data
  3. Safeguard the network
  4. Safeguard staffing
  5. Test the plan
  6. Have a recovery plan

You can read the full article, “Disaster Planning in Six Quick Steps,” on Inc.com and also this one, “Disaster Recovery Planning 101.”

It will be a long road for some in our industry to get back to installing glass.  The National Glass Association is reaching out to its members in the affected areas.  We'll update our coverage as we know more.   

Harris is publisher of Glass Magazine and vice president of the National Glass Association. Write her at nharris@glass.org.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

 

Without question, this past week was dominated by the destruction from the massive storm that hit New York, New Jersey, Virginia and other spots along the East Coast.  I, like so many others, hoped this storm would not be as bad as expected, but unfortunately in many cases, it was worse.  My heart breaks thinking about the loss of life and looking at the damage.  There's no question that it will take a very long time to recover.  No doubt, we are a resilient nation, and I know tragedies like this usually bring out the best in people and I expect that to happen here.  To all affected by the storm, here’s hoping and wishing you a speedy return to normalcy.
Elsewhere…
  • By the way, you may note I did not call the storm, “Super Storm Sandy,” as that name just is so annoying to me. This was a massive storm of destruction, and the media’s name for it sounds like a character on a children’s TV show.
  • There’s no doubt this week is a huge one, as the election is finally here!  I am thinking we’ll either have a blowout and it will be settled by 11 p.m. election night, or we’ll have a battle that won’t be decided for a very long time with the lawyers and courts involved.  No middle ground.  No matter what, at least the commercials will finally come to an end!
  • In the last several weeks, I have talked about trade shows and their success this year.  Some folks have disagreed with me; one in particular felt that the AIA show was not as good as I noted.  It got me thinking about what goes into making the show successful, and it is more than just a great booth.  It’s the pre-show promotion, using social media, communicating with customers/attendees, having something to draw people to the booth and so on.  Some of the groups that do that extremely well are preparing for Greenbuild with strong pre-show efforts.  Examples like producing great videos the way Guardian is, foreshadowing a new product launch like Viracon is, or creating a contest like Duo Gard is.  I am pretty confident that pre-show efforts like this will amount to a good show performance.  If you're doing something to push pre show, I’d love to hear about it. And, I’ll also be curious as to how it turned out.
  • A last note on the shows: a wise man recently told me that anyone who thinks the show can be replaced by online or electronic means is crazy.  There is no replacement for the personal effect and the ability to see, touch and feel on a show floor.
  • It's been a while since I was able to finish a book, but I just did this weekend and it’s a good one.  “The Last Headbangers- NFL Football in the Rowdy 1970’s” by Kevin Cook is a really strong read.  Especially if you are or were a fan of the 70s Raiders, Steelers, Dolphins or Cowboys. I think you would enjoy this lookback at football before it went off the charts in popularity.
  • Last this week, more pressure on my pals over at the Department of Energy with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce now asking questions about a $400 million loan to failed solar company Abound.  According to the story, an independent consultant helped push the DOE to approve the loan.  Knowing how some consultants are so very loved at the DOE and the folks there would jump into a lake if said consultants would ask, I could easily see this happening.  Something tells me this is not the last we’ll see about issues like this.

 

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 30, 2012

One of the many remarkable things about the world’s largest glass industry trade show is how all-encompassing it is. Every means of transforming glass into value-added products is found in glasstec’s nine halls and the booths of its 1,162 exhibitors. This includes flat glass, container glass and even art glass.

Another thing is who you meet. It’s a reunion of American one-week ex-pats I see only in Germany every two years. This year, I was fortunate to also meet several interesting locals, among them, Dr. Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, curator of the Glass Collection at the Museum Kunstpalast. He invited me to an after-hours tour, which given my show schedule, was the only way I could have seen 3,500 years of glass-making.

A description of this beautiful collection could fill many glassblogs, but the unique thing about it was the new addition of American cut glass. You see, Dr. von Kerseenbrock-Krosigk was once the curator at the Corning Museum in New York and believes that including representative examples from America into a timeline of EMEAI glass art is important (judging from how often I heard this acronym, which stands for Europe, Asia, Middle East and India, it's now the de rigueur reference). 

The next day back at the show, it struck me that America was also uniquely represented at this year’s glasstec. There were several “new” exhibitors, among them Corning, which showed construction-sized Gorilla glass, the super thin, super strong surface you have touched many times over if you own a tablet or smartphone.

Then there was GED, with its “new to Europeans” Intercept line, and also its ATLAS equipment for producing dual or triple IG units. Triple-glazed units started in Europe; the penetration for which may be at 100 percent in Scandinavia, Joe Shaheen, told me with a big smile on his face.

"Re-newed" might be a better description for two other American exhibitors, Guardian and Quanex. Guardian’s “stand,” which is how Europeans refer to exhibit booths, was jammed with customers and worldwide reps all four days of this mega-show. This was, to say the least, a dramatic departure from the float producer’s previous glasstec no-name quarters in Hall 13. Re-branding beyond commodity takes space to display new products like SunGuard, ClimaGuard and InGlass.

Known in the European market as Edgetech, the Quanex Building Products business unit announced a third warm-edge extrusion line for its still relatively new Heinsburg, Germany, plant. The company estimates it will produce 1 billion feet of product by 2013, forecasting 30 percent growth in sales this year. “We have a very simple philosophy, said Andy Jones, managing director of Quanex’s European operations, “when we get to 80 percent capacity, we add a new line.”

Of course, there’s a darker side about capacity in the worldwide glass business. I spoke to one European veteran of glass recessions past who listed the 12 most recent European float plants in cold shut down or on hot-hold. A hot-hold, or slow production/under repair facility, is these days likely to become a cold and permanent shut down. All the float glass manufacturers—AGC/Glaverbel, Guardian, NSG/Pilkington and Saint-Gobain—are affected.

But as I learned at the Museum Kunstpalast, the glass ribbon of history that stretches across the centuries is marked by economic, political and social change—and human ingenuity. Back at the NGA/Glass Magazine co-hosted North American pavilion where 20 of the 57 North American exhibitors met with customers and prospects the world-over, Doug Canfield, Casso-Solar Technologies, Pamona, N.Y., was busy working up quotes for the steady flow of prospects he’d met with. And for Stewart Engineers, it matters not that in the past five years 80 float lines have been taken out. For this North Carolina specialist in float glass facility engineering, where one goes cold, there’s another about to be fired up.

Post-Sandy P.S.—Listening to New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, on the morning news, it’s clear that glass companies in the path of the storm will be dealing with the aftermath for some time.  Let us know what you hear. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

In one week, the Department of Energy and the USGBC both got taken to task in the media, and it was like a blogging Hanukah for me, with each day bringing a different gift of much needed criticism. The DOE was first hammered in this report of wasteful travel practices. Then, a newspaper took the DOE to task over claims from security agents about fraud, waste and abuse. And at the end of the week, even the White House tossed the DOE under the bus, blaming it for the loan to out-of-business Abound Solar.

All of the reports were pretty interesting reads, and hopefully they lead to more reporting on some of the other issues within the very stale organization. My hope is no matter who wins on November 6, he takes a hard and fresh look at that body. It surely needs it at every level.

Meanwhile, USA Today ran two days of stories about the USGBC and the whole green building world. To me, it was a fascinating takedown of a group that was pretty much bulletproof. Whenever it got into any trouble, there was always some trade media to carry its water for it. Trade media can usually trump bloggers like me. Now that one of the biggest newspapers in North America has taken a shot, it will be interesting to see who comes to the rescue and how effective they are. The basis of the articles included how business interests became a powerful force at the USGBC, and how “easy” it is to be green, including the all-famous “bike rack” piece. I have been consistently saying that green building ratings are needed but they have to be valuable and real. It’s an important part of our industry and future, and needs to be better. Anyway it’s nice to see others agree. The whole series can be found here.

Elsewhere...

  • The Architecture Billings Index had a good month: the best in two years, actually. Many industry and economic observers are expecting a solid 2013, and if the ABI holds true, everyone with the exception of the West should have a solid first quarter. Plus, McGraw-Hill Construction predicted commercial construction will be up 12 percent despite some holes in the sector thanks to stingy lending from the banks. I still remain positive about the future, with or without the ABI.
  • It was tough missing glasstec last week, but thanks to excellent tweets from Katy Devlin of Glass Magazine, pictures from Steve O’Hollaren of ICD and tweets from Guardian, I was able to follow along.  I will be curious to catch up with those folks who attended the show to see what they thought about it.
  • One more week until the election, and I just don’t know how folks in the swing states can deal with the insane amount of commercials. I was in one particular state this past week and watched the commercials alternate from one side to another… over and over.
  • Last this week, at the time of this posting, Hurricane Sandy was chugging up the coast. Hopefully, its bark is worse than its bite… stay safe everyone!

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, October 22, 2012

The week ahead features the largest glass show in the world with the opening of glasstec in Germany. glasstec takes place every other year, and it will be interesting to see if it continues the very positive trade-show trend that has been in play throughout 2012.  What we have seen in last several months is that the hunger for information and networking that the trade-show scene brings is strong, so it leads me to believe we have some encouraging steps taking place in our world. 
Elsewhere…
  • After several weeks of very newsworthy items, this was a slow one. So, this post will be shorter than normal. 
  • Question for the readers: A glazing contractor I know has a ton of really old, hard-to-find, and interesting glass on their floor.  Everything from old obscures and decorative to products like “Greylite 56” and “Houze Lo-Tran." Is there anyone out there for this group to connect with to see if this glass could find a good home?  It’s all in very good shape.  Thank you in advance for any insight.
  • Some pretty big moves in our world this past week with PPG buying Spraylat and Grey Mountain’s Consolidated Glass Holdings picking up the assets of North American Specialty Glass.  Overall, it's still a very active world for deals, and my guess is you might see a bunch in the first quarter of 2013 because there are lots of buyers and many sellers tired of fighting the battles.
  • Last this week, Wednesday starts the World Series. I can’t wait for the games to come to Detroit and see the players bundled up to play in 30-degree weather.  Really time to either start the season earlier or cut it down to 154 games.

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 16, 2012

Last week, LaCantina Doors celebrated the grand opening of its sleek and open showroom, and expansive lean manufacturing plant. The company grew out of its previous 20,000-square-foot facility in Vista, Calif. Its new 67,000-square-foot location in Oceanside, Calif., features a stunning, modern showroom, spacious upstairs offices and a large warehouse space that the company is quickly filling with new machinery and equipment for its expanding product line.

The company, a manufacturer of large sliding and folding door systems, serves the residential market in addition to the commercial market, which "is growing every day," according to Lee Maughan, general manager. "This is an adaptable product, and it is what people want for applications such as retail and restaurants. The doors provide that desired openness."

The showroom echoes that openness, Maughan said. Additionally, "our main business is in southern California. The showroom is designed to give [visitors] a feel for the various products as they would appear in a real-life application," he said.

The showroom space is reminiscent of a renovated warehouse loft, with the black-painted duct work and air vents visible overhead, and sunlight peeking through wooden wall dividers that separate the various door products. "We plan on engaging with the architectural community, through the showroom," Maughan said. "We want to get people in the showroom to see the products and possibilities for themselves." The showroom even features a room-length wooden table, intended to be used as a sit-down meeting area for designers who visit.

The thoughtful design and arrangement of the showroom carries over into the manufacturing facility as well. The new facility is "great for lean manufacturing," Maughan described. The company, with 55 employees, manufactures door products in-house, including building the hardware and installing the glass products. "The products go out glazed and hardwared. The doors just have to be joined in the field," he said.

"We have a full-time maintenance employee for our CNC equipment, and an active [research and development] department," Maughan said. The company has engineered and built some of its own machines, and has invested in new machines, including an Emmegi cutting machine for its double door production.

During the grand opening event, LaCantina invited area architects, dealers, customers and other project partners to tour the new showroom and manufacturing facility.

View a photo tour of the LaCantina Doors showroom

Devlin is senior editor for Glass Magazine. Write her at kdevlin@glass.org.

Monday, October 15, 2012

It is my opinion that the presidential election on November 6 will be a life-changing event. Others are watching it too. Last week, the Dodge Momentum Index report specifically focused on the election as a reason for the results. The index slipped in August and has been struggling recently. Analysts basically blamed it on the election and the uncertainty stemming from it. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the result of November 6, no matter what it is, will have a major effect on our industry and how we go forward. Will the closure that comes from the election make a difference? I am hearing yes and no. From some sides, it’s a resounding yes; but others believe that the gridlock and malaise will continue no matter what.

Elsewhere…

  • Last week, Glass Magazine's Jenni Chase had one of the best glassblog posts of ALL TIME. Her piece on being a glass geek was excellent, and if you missed it, please check it out here. My geek story is from the opening of the Pittsburgh Airport in 1992. It featured TONS of glass, and it was the first airport to feature a mall in it. Since it was pre 9-11, you could meet people at the gates, and you could shop while you waited. Anyway, my brother and I went out there right after it opened, just to look at the glass...and see all the logos. We were on our knees looking at logos on the glass by the automated walkways, and craning our necks to see logos up high on an all-glass storefront. Needless to say, we looked like we were either idiots or casing the joint. Anyway, Jenni’s piece, and the great comments that came from it, were excellent reading.
  • Yet another reason I struggle with the Department of Energy: last week, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review ran a story about athletes getting special breaks from the government, and the good ‘ole DOE was at it again. From the story:

    Agassi's Las Vegas nonprofit took $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to help erect the "Alternative Energy School of the Future." According to the agency, the money was earmarked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, solely for the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education -- no other schools need apply.

    Wow. Now politics aside, why is the DOE giving $1.5 million to anyone for something like this? And is a tennis player’s charity the right place for that amount of money? Really? The rest of the story can be found here, and it’s infuriating.
  • For those of you who have been in the industry awhile, the name Jim Bradford is familiar. He is the former president of both AFG (before it was known as AGC) and the old United Glass Corp. Bradford left the industry way back at the start of the last decade and has been successful in his ventures. This past week, however, he made news when he was embroiled in a mini controversy at Cracker Barrel, where he is a board member. Here’s the Cracker Barrel side and the very intense response from their largest shareholder, who is not happy.
  • Last this week, the poor Washington Nationals. Man, who would think me picking them for the World Series would jinx them in the 9th inning of game 5? Now it is obvious there is no more fortunate/clutch team in the world than St Louis. Wow. And as for the Yankees, losing Derek Jeter surely isn’t a good thing. Ouch.

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.

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