As an industry we’ve seen quite a few impactful developments, but it could be argued that unitized glazing may be the most important advancement of them all, especially when it comes to labor and efficiency in the field. The whole unitizing process is a game changer, and the article by Bethany Stough in the latest Glass Magazine really helps bring those who are unaware into the light. With finding qualified workers harder and harder, processes like unitizing take on a larger role for sure. Obviously not every job can use this style of install, but I have a feeling as time goes on, you will see more and more jobs that can be unitized, going that way.
- Also in the latest issue of Glass Magazine, I had to pick my favorite ad of the month and it was a tough one with many great choices, especially with excellent new ads from past “winners” of mine Cardinal, Kawneer, and GGI. However this month, tip of the hat goes to marketing genius Rob Struble of PPG for their “trust” ad. Smart and eye catching for sure. Well done Rob and team!
- Good for the state of Hawaii in passing a mandate that says the state’s utilities must reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. The law, effective July 1, sets 30 percent by 2020, 40 percent by 2030, and 70 percent by 2040 interim targets. You will now see more Net Zero work there featuring higher performing products including dynamics and solar. I love it.
- Speaking of solar, it was good to hear from several people that the stats I posted last week, specifically that BIPV was a 3 billion dollar industry, were off. I thought so; nice to get some confirmation.
- I have really gotten into using the excellent database at www.Esourcebook.net. I suggest you click that link and “favorite” it as you’ll want to have it when looking for products and services in the industry.
- Gas prices. You know I always have to hit it. So while oil prices are at a historic low, those of us in Michigan and in other parts of the Midwest are paying 50-75 cents per gallon more this week than last. Why? Evidently some sort of a refinery issue at ONE of the gas manufacturers. It’s amazing how that industry gets away with volatile price swings with never a whiff of collusion or really anyone at the ambulance-chasing-lawyer level caring.
- Last this week, happy/sad news from the industry. A great one has moved to a different company outside our typical product lines. The always sharp dressed, never sweating Jay Phillips has left Guardian Industries to take a new gig as VP of Sales within the Masonite organization. So while Jay will be dealing in windows and doors, we probably won’t see much of him on our side of the tracks anymore, and that is too bad. Jay did a ton for our industry, worked hard, volunteered and cared a ton. I am thrilled for him as I believe he’s still on the fast track to continued greatness, but bummed I won’t see him like I used to. In addition, our industry is down another extremely talented person. Good luck Jay; we’ll miss ya!
Max Perilstein 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.
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