Last week, the glass industry―via a piece in a Toronto newspaper―took more heat. Once again, the construction of condominiums with a ton of glass were the focus of a very rough and pretty much one-sided piece. For me as a glass guy, it was a tough one to take. While the article was probably geared toward developers and designers and their choices of materials, when I read it, I just saw a very broad-brush wiping of an entire glass industry with an extremely negative stroke. I don’t know what materials are used in these condos and I am sure there are some brutally weak ones, but the way the article was written made it sound like there are no glass materials that could EVER be good enough. Meanwhile, for as mad as I got reading the piece, when I mentioned it to a good pal of mine from Toronto, he was not fazed at all. Evidently, bashing like this has been going on for a while. Still, it is a shame that we as an industry are being pretty unfairly portrayed yet again.
- Viracon premiered a new logo and website this past week, and I must say, I was impressed. First off, making a change to the look and logo of a company as iconic as Viracon is not easy. Also, rebuilding a website (something I do a lot) is very difficult. Viracon aced them both. The new logo is sharp and clean. In regards to the new site, I will admit I struggled to find a few things, but it's new and I am an impatient person. The new tagline elicits memories for me of Herb Brooks in Miracle. It's incredibly cool that a classic Minnesota-based company has a tagline that makes me think of one of the greatest people the state of Minnesota has ever given us. Anyway, major kudos to all that worked on this effort! Job well done.
- Quick wrapup of BEC: this was the last conference led by Henry Taylor of Kawneer as chair. Henry was my choice to replace me in that position five years ago, and he did a tremendous job despite some really rocky roads. Henry’s a good man that I am sure will continue to give back to the industry. In his place, I am thrilled that Jon Kimberlain of Dow Corning is stepping in. Jon is a true-blue talent in our world and he’ll be amazing in that spot. Plus, I love how active Dow Corning is getting in our industry; very good to have their support!
- Unfortunately, I have a sad note to report: Mike McAskin of Great Lakes Glass in Michigan passed away. Mike was an industry vet who had just bought Great Lakes a few years ago and was building it into a very strong player in the region. He was a good, fair, classy man, who always took time for people to come pitch him ideas, products and services. It is a tough loss for all of us. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the staff at Great Lakes.
- The Final Four is set. I am happy for my Michigan friends who have made it to the biggest stage after being bounced by Ohio U last year, and I'm thrilled for Tony Kamber, the biggest Louisville fan in the industry. Should be a fun run to the title.
- Last this week; the ABI did go up once again. We’re now on a roll here. The new projects inquiry was the best it has been in six years. But as always, I do worry about the reliability of this report, as we should be busier right now (based on old reports) than we seemingly actually are.
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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