The story on Central Kentucky Glass being indicted on charges by a federal grand jury hit the news this week, and my reaction is very simple: wait. Just wait before you rush to assign guilt to the ownership and folks at Central Kentucky. In my dealings with the Martin family, while somewhat limited, I found them to be absolutely first class people. I know other folks, for whom I have the utmost respect, who vouch for the character of this company as well. There are two sides to every story, and I can’t wait to hear Central Kentucky’s, because I have a feeling there’s a lot more to tell. Plus, I am sure many of us have seen specs from a government agency not be the most specific, logical or professional. Needless to say, I am backing these fine people and just ask everyone to wait before guilt is assumed.
- Major congrats to Deron Patterson of PPG on his elevation to International Sales Manager. Deron is a good man and tremendously talented. It's a well-deserved promotion!
- There was a report this past week on “bulletproof” glass, and its market growth in the next few years. First off, I was always told the word “bulletproof” was incorrect, that it should always be “bullet resistant.” And second, I believe the report about growth in the market. The world continues to be a very dangerous place. More and more people are recognizing it and spending more to combat it.
- The Architecture Billings Index was up yet again last month. With the year it has had, next year in real orders “should” be quite strong. Of course, if you read my blog on a regular basis you now know why I put quotes around the word “should.”
- I am waiting on reports from the Vitrum glass event held this past week in Italy. Some initial responses to me have been mixed, so I am waiting until all of the folks I know who went get back to North America.
- The Bill Evans blog from last week was as always fantastic. Bill always knows the tones to hit.
- A few weeks ago I railed on the overabundance of pink, mostly in the NFL. Well I found this incredible blog post from a breast cancer survivor who really put it all into perspective and wrote an incredibly passionate and moving piece on why this “pinkwashing” and all goes with it is just not the best for the overall effort.
- Did any of you see the bizarre story on the expert who thought wired glass could save lives in a case of an attack at a school? If not, it’s here, and the guy who said it is pretty confused about modern wired glass. Personally, I would hate to see this get any traction as we are finally making in roads in getting wire glass out of our world. I would hate to see it come back in.
- Another week, and another set of major violence at schools. I seriously think it's time we have a dialogue on the mental health issues in our world, as they are pretty severe. That, to me, is more important than any other controls.
- Last this week… the NBA tips off this week, and I am very excited actually about my Detroit Pistons. They may break 500 and make the playoffs. That said, this league still belongs to the Miami Heat, and until LeBron retires or leaves them, I’m picking them to win it.
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.
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