As all of us in this industry know, it's not without its troubles. If asked, most people will mention the need for qualified employees such as manufacturing help, maintenance and--on the glazing side--project managers. But the next need mentioned is usually education and it’s nice to see the efforts one company is putting towards that effort. The PPG Glass Education Center is an incredible resource. I visited it again this week after the release of their newest video on Weather Resistant Design, and I was once again blown away. There is simply a ton of info on there from the basic to the very advanced. It can be a training center for new employees and a great resource for seasoned veterans. In the end, it’s a very impressive vehicle for our industry to use. Major kudos to Paul DiCesare and the tech team at PPG on the content, as well as Paul Bush on that regard and of course, I must give props to the marketing guru Rob Struble for his efforts on making this fly. Well done, folks!
More props for companies doing good things…
- How about Viracon? The folks there raised more than $112,000 for the United Way of Steele County. That is simply an amazing and awesome total. Congrats to Carla Kern who chaired this effort for Viracon and every employee there for giving of themselves.
- And another one while I am at it, Garibaldi Glass announced their intent to have their annual “Glass Day” program on May 1. This is going to be the fifth edition of an event that provides tremendous education and insight into our industry. I have heard so much about this event over the years and my goal this year is to finally be there in person. And yes, while an event like this has a great benefit to Garibaldi, it also does wonders in educating the region (glaziers, architects, owners, etc.) on the world of glass and glazing.
- Education will also be at the forefront at Glass Processing Automation Days in San Antonio in March. Info on this event was just released and it has the potential to offer some great insight for the fabricator. I’ll surely have more on this as it gets closer.
- The NFRC is possibly getting some competition. It's not in our actual industry, but this could lead to openings elsewhere. The Window Covering Manufacturers Association with support from the Department of Energy is starting the Attachments Energy Ratings Council. So now the NFRC, which has always been the one and only group with the ability to rate window film and attachments, could be getting some competition if this takes off. And it's competition with the backing of the DOE, which is huge. So this will be one to watch.
- Next week I will have my Super Bowl commercial likes/dislikes since that is now my favorite part of the game. I'm also still trying to figure out why the Seahawks passed instead of ran at the end. Amazing failure there. Wow.
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