The issue of wire glass usage in safety areas in the United States was once a major story. But over time codes changed, different products became more available, and overall information on where and how to use traditional wire glass was abundant and respected. I actually thought this was the case in Canada too, so I was taken aback when I saw the news coverage from the Canadian TV news show 16X9, showing some frightening issues from structures in Canadian schools using wire glass (full gigantic pieces, no less) in dangerous areas. It’s a pretty sobering piece and one I am sure has “the other side of the story” to it as well. Regardless, it’s frustrating that in some cases, according to the video, nothing is being done to improve the situation.
- The Dodge Momentum Index went higher in January, at 2.4 percent overall. Commercial was +1.6 percent and Institutional +3.3 percent. So a nice start to the year for that index. The latest ABI will be out end of next week.
- Speaking of next week, the annual BEC event is in Las Vegas starting Sunday and running through midday Tuesday. My post next week will feature some flavor from the event and of course the who’s who from all that attended. I’ll also do some live tweeting and I would expect you’d see great social coverage from @GlassMag as well. So if you can’t attend, you’ll be up to speed no matter what.
- One of my favorite contests ever is seeking nominations for its 2016 edition. The Eastman Vanceva World of Color Awards is back once again. I love this contest and the amazing projects that get recognized. For more information on submitting your project, click here. Someday I will be a judge a contest like this...
- Did anyone else see this link that my friend Ted Bleecker tweeted out this week? It’s pretty much the toughest look at glass usage in buildings you will ever read. Wow.
- Question for those presenters out there: how many of you use the “Prezi” format for your PowerPoint-style presentations? And do you like it? Feel free to comment or just drop me a line. My kids use it all the time and I have done a couple, but curious if it’s growing in our industry.
- The Super Bowl was fun. Happy for friends like Marty Richardson of Metropolitan Glass in Denver who saw their team win, and once again my online pick here went the opposite. Sorry Panther fans. The ads were just OK. I was surely confused why Advil needed to take an ad out and somewhat frustrated by three different pharmaceutical ads. That was 15 million+ right there. No wonder our prescription costs are through the roof. But anyway, for creativity some winners in my book: T-Mobile was clutch using Steve Harvey in the same role of his disaster from Miss Universe, and rap star Drake in a front running role. Well done. I loved the Doritos baby commercial, though many online did not. My winner though was the commercial for Avocados from Mexico. Smart, funny, and creative. The best visual and line too: “this was a form of torture in the 21st century,” and showing people on a cramped airplane. Perfect.
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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