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We can debate the merits of programs like LEED until we’re all blue in the face. The bottom line, though, is the performance and sustainability of the building when all is said and done. And while the various green rating systems are pivoting and making efforts to evolve their programs into ensuring long-range success, there’s one process that guarantees it: the Net Zero building.

Slowly but surely Net Zero is taking off. It's important in the glass industry, because the process rewards the glass/glazing performance and basically will force those pesky HVAC guys to size their efforts correctly. Too many times we get blamed (unfairly I must add) for the oversizing of HVAC units because there’s no trust in fenestration. With Net Zero, we’re all working together and the playing field does level. There’s a ton to this process, and it's still pretty raw, but I do believe it will be in the mainstream sooner than many think.

Elsewhere…

  • Speaking of sustainability, one of the great champions of the effort in our industry is Mark Silverberg of Technoform. Last week he was named to the AAMA Sustainability Steering Committee. Can’t get a better man than that to be a force in the effort!
  • The energy of the trade show/industry conference is the hottest in years. So far 2014 is showing a major uptick in attendance and excitement. A couple more regional shows are coming up to be aware of. The 27th Annual Mid Atlantic Glass Expo hits April 30th in Greenbelt, Md.  Then in Canada, the Canadian Glass Association's Glass Connections conference in Nova Scotia (would love to go, birthplace of the great Sidney Crosby) comes through on June 4-5. Both events will provide excellent learning and networking potential. And don’t forget about the granddaddy of them all, the biggest show in all of North America: GlassBuild America, in September in Vegas. That floor is filling up nicely, and it will be an incredible event not to be missed.
  • After a hiatus in doing interviews on the blog, we welcome that segment back. One area of the business that I am always fascinated by is switchable glass, specifically  liquid crystal and suspended particle products. These products are growing in usage thanks to the boom on the decorative glass side. It’s surely moving up from the “niche” category. So it was great to catch up with Anthony Branscum, director of architectural sales at Innovative Glass Corp. in New York, and talk with him about the growth of the product, some of misconceptions out there and more.

MP: What do you think is driving this positive direction and usage?

Anthony Branscum: I think it’s mainly because the products have come a long way and are now beyond the “Proof of Concept” stage. Architects around the country, and the world for that matter, are realizing the practical benefits of using these products in their designs. Perhaps more importantly, they have gained confidence that the technology will last when it gets out there. They have become educated consumers. 

MP: Speaking specifically on the liquid crystal product, there’s been talk recently in different circles about uneven performance and products failing. Do you think such talk is legitimate or is it being overblown?
 

AB: I have heard and read some of the same things you are alluding to. There’s a lot of posturing going on within the industry right now. Some suppliers of switchable glass are spending a lot of time bashing their competitors instead of talking about their own virtues. They believe it makes their product appear as if it’s “the best”, but what they’re really doing is hurting the industry at large. They’re creating a perception out there that the product won’t last.  It is simply not true.  When fabricated properly, one can expect many years of service from liquid crystal technology. Of course, there are companies that don’t produce a great product, but they are not the majority, and time will eventually run out on them.

MP: What should buyers do or look for to make sure they are dealing with the right people?

AB: They should make sure whoever they are dealing with can provide them a functioning sample. They should ask for a copy of the warranty. They should definitely ask for references and perhaps ask to see a job local to them where the glass has successfully been installed. If the vendor can’t satisfy these requests in a timely fashion, they should think twice about going too far with them. 

MP: You and your company have been in the switchable space for more than a decade. What are some of the biggest changes you have seen with the product offerings?

AB: The biggest change has been the advancement in the clarity of the LC films when they are in their clear state. The industry has come a long way in achieving better clarity. The second notable advancement would be the film widths. The product is available in wider widths than ever before. This helps satisfy most of the common architectural sizes we come across.

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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. The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

This week I will be in Germany for the bi-annual glasstec show. This event attracts people from around the world and my true hope is to see some new things, especially on the product side. On my last trip there, the equipment on display was dominant and impressive, but the actual product technology left me a little cold. We’ll see, and I look forward to reporting back here on what I find and what may make an impact on our world going forward. Also, this is a nice chance for me to get familiar with many exhibitors who will also be at GlassBuild America. I counted around 100 glasstec exhibitors who’ll also be in Las Vegas in October. So that will be a neat sneak preview for sure. Last, I always look forward to and get a kick out of the fact that I’ll run into people from North America there that I won’t see ever over here. Depending on wi-fi connections, I am going to try and tweet, so feel free to follow along on Twitter: @maxpsolesource 

Elsewhere…

  • The good news via the monthly forecasts keeps coming. The latest Dodge Momentum Index was up again for the fifth straight month. We’re still far from where we were during the crazy pre-recession times, but we’re also now getting far away from the depths of the recession itself. Obviously we all look towards November and we’ll see what happens then and the effect it may or may not have on the economy.
  • I was very happy to see my friend Scott Hoover and Solaria back in the news again in a collaboration with the NSG Group. I love innovation and technology and the more steam fresh products can get the better.
  • Time for the monthly review of Glass Magazine. And this is an issue that you will want to devour. A few pieces of note. Katy Devlin went inside with a piece on the PPG-Vitro deal. Story was great, but I also must say the appearance and layout of it was even better. Really loved how it looked! Also really liked the piece from Gary McQueen of JE Berkowitz on design assist. Well done.
  • But the real focus of the issue was GlassBuild America and what to expect and who and what to see. It was really an excellent primer to get you ready for the show. So if you are going, you really want to read through this. And if you are not going, it surely gives you a great taste of what you are missing. 
  • Ad of the month? Because this issue was gigantic, I could not just pick one ad winner. A lot of companies raised their creative game this month, so I have three who get this extremely valuable honor of being named my ad of the month.

Guardian is back in the winner circle again. Loved their ad featuring a sketch drawing and calling out where the glass goes. Just caught my eye and was 
impressive.

Schuco is also a winner this month. They showed an old typewriter and headlined “Don’t become a thing of the past.” BRILLIANT. Congrats to them on a great 
hook.

Lisec takes the last spot with their “Velocity” ad. They wanted to promote speed and the ad caught my eye and did that. It was a simple, clean piece that 
was effective.

All in all though, tons of good creative this month. Congrats to all out there working that angle!

  • Last this week, US News and World Report released its top colleges list this week and it’s always interesting to see what’s considered the best here and there. But I had to laugh that they listed the top “value” colleges and #1 was Harvard… and the “value” price was just… 62K per year. I guess value has a different meaning in the college world. 

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Many times in the past 11 years I have hammered in this space on the lack of respect our industry sometimes gets. And while some of that disrespect may be warranted, most of it is not. As an industry, we do a very solid and admirable job of working with the code bodies, offering insight, and in the end producing products that meet and exceed all standards set. And it’s an unending process, too. The groups that work for our industry, with tons of volunteers (and always needing and wanting more of those), keep setting the bar higher and higher.

Some examples? I am excited about the upcoming launch of MyGlassClass.com from the NGA. That will be a huge and helpful educational tool that everyone can benefit from. I am always into what IGMA has going on. When I read this week about their upcoming education conference I was excited because one of the main goals there is continuously improving long term performance of one of the crucial products we all produce and install. I’ve covered what GANA has done and is doing many times here. I’ve also noted my hopes and appreciation for the NACC and their angle to certify glazing contractors. That can be something that really makes a difference when outsiders question our skills. Add in the great work being done by AAMA, AEC (more on them below) and others, and you have to feel good about the way we go about business.

Elsewhere…

  • Speaking of AEC, this incredible story included dogged work by that group in chasing down an aluminum stockpile in the Mexican desert. The fabulous Twitter feed of John Wheaton (@JohnLWheaton1) led many others and me to it and it truly is a must read. 
  • Congrats to Mary Avery of Tubelite on her promotion to VP of Marketing. Mary is off the charts talented and her work with Tubelite over the years has been smart, creative and effective. Awesome to see her efforts recognized! Plus I do usually love it when a marketing person gets the pat on the back… you know since it’s usually marketing’s fault for everything. (Inside marketing joke…)
  • Next weekend I leave for Germany and glasstec, so next week’s post will be focused on that and what I hope to see and accomplish. But the comical thing for me is I started to pull some clothes to pack and it hit me that I don’t think I have worn a coat and tie or suit since the 2014 glasstec. Maybe once or twice, but surely not often. 
  • Speaking of clothes, but with an industry spin, I have four shirts--all same make and model--yet all fit completely differently. One is gigantic, one too small and so on. Can you imagine if we as an industry did stuff like that? I’d be thrilled if I could get shirts within the tolerances we allow for tempered.
  • Last this week, it's rare any more for me to look forward to a new show on broadcast TV, but I am. “Designated Survivor” with my old pal Kiefer Sutherland of “24” fame is the star in the ABC drama. The previews look fantastic, so I’m hopeful I’ll have a new show to get lost in.

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Since we are coming off Labor Day weekend I thought it was appropriate to talk about…labor! More specifically, the continuing battle to fill jobs in our industry. And actually the search for workers expands to an entire construction segment. We are surely not alone. What can we do other than talk and complain about it? One thing that is happening, but thanks to our bizarre political climate right now, I am not sure it will be pulled through, is a move in Congress for a few acts that can bring additional training and push to segments like ours. One is the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act and another Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity for Careers Act, or the Four Cs for Careers Act, and both have potential to at least create programs that could get more people into our systems. In addition, the Perkins Act, which was created to support the needs of industries like construction, is on the table for when Congress returns this fall. Not a lock for major success obviously, but a start. And we have to start somewhere.

Meanwhile, as I was preparing this, I came across a quote that I think makes sense with regards to how we get and then KEEP our employees:

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” – Richard Branson

This plays to culture and many companies in our industry really do this right, but it is something that is always evolving. You always have to be on top of the situation. Hopefully between the acts above, more education and training, and companies embracing a positive culture, we can at least tread water and then gain on the employee needs. But a long road ahead for sure….

Elsewhere…

  • Another angle of employee/industry concern: health insurance costs. It’s going to keep getting uglier. This story from USA Today turned my stomach (but no way will I go to a doctor for that; can’t afford it!) Anyway, as most of you know, the rates will keep going up and up some more. This is a massive issue that somehow now seems completely off the radar really. I will note many companies are doing as much creatively as they can to combat the rate increases. As a brief example, I was very impressed when I heard/saw that my friends at Binswanger Glass had introduced some proactive measures to support better health for all in the efforts to keep rates under control. I am sure many others are doing that too. Because in this day and age, you have to.

Ok enough of the bad news… moving on to our world. 

 

  • I love innovative products. And innovative usages of products. I’ve written about many here like BIPV, dynamics, digital printing, Childgard glass, privacy and so on. The latest innovation I learned about at the recent GANA event is via the gang at Viracon: Glass that can protect the interior from cyber-spies. Basically someone with the right equipment can position outside an office building and attach to the Wi-Fi inside and with nefarious intentions do serious harm. So it was cool to see a product developed and advanced (as I know there’s been similar in the past) that can combat that. Props to Ron McCann and the team there on this one. Good stuff.
  • Just a heads up, the latest version of LEED--LEED v4--is now ready to be the only version of LEED accepted in the marketplace. Many still use the LEED 2009 and that has been allowed as LEED v4 has been rolled out. But come October, that option won’t be there. If you are not up to speed on new LEED and are active in getting requests for info or submittals for it, you may want to brush up on your research.
  • Last this week, this was just the last Sunday until February without NFL Football. So that season now begins. I am much more of a college guy now thanks to my absolute dislike for Roger Goodell. But I still follow a bit and I know many of you need my prediction for the Super Bowl. This year I am going with Cam Newton and the Panthers to win it all over my pal James Wright’s Cincinnati Bengals. 

 

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

This past week GANA held it’s Fall Conference in Kansas City. As always with events like these, there’s a great deal of information and education (as well as primo networking) available. So a few takeaways from that event…

If you haven’t heard the acronyms LCA or EPD, get ready. You will certainly be hearing more from them and about them in the future. LCA stands for Life Cycle Analysis and EPD is for Environmental Product Declaration. This is a trend that started a few years ago that boasts more transparency in a product's environmental make-up. Green building rating systems are a driver of it, but so are architects and building owners. Mark Silverberg of Technoform, who always leads thoughtful discussions on serious energy issues, was great in taking the audience through the options. This will be an area to watch. But I will also throw it out to you my dear readers: Are you seeing LCA or EPD in your specifications?

In the same session that discussed the LCA/EPD, Dr. Tom Culp gave some updates on the various code and ratings bodies. The push to be sustainable seems to getting more organized with two groups combining standards, and I liked the fact that one standard has an angle that really promotes the use of dynamic glazing. Anyone who knows me knows I am a fan of that technology, so seeing it in the approach here was a daymaker. 

I learned that the NFRC hired a consulting firm to, among other things, “help them understand the commercial manufacturers value chain and what will encourage them to adopt the program.”  I was among many in our industry who told them these things way back in 2004, arguing that the commercial world was different than the residential. In the end, it seems so much of what our industry tried to teach them was ignored. I believe they could've saved themselves a ton of money and resources if they would have listened. Despite this most recent move, I am not sure they will ever really want to understand the commercial world.

The conference also featured a tour of the AGC Float Glass facility in Spring Hill, Kansas. For me it was the seventh float plant I have toured, and I still learned new things. The AGC folks really did a tremendous job with this effort; the plant was spotless and impressive. Major thanks to Gus Trupiano of AGC for setting this up. 

Finally, Kansas City also featured some great glass and glazing viewing. Really unique buildings, excellent usage of glass for the most part, and the downtown area was very nice. 

Elsewhere...

  • Next up on the North American show/conference schedule is GlassBuild America and the Glazing Executives Forum. You seriously can never have enough education, information or networking in your life.
  • But before GlassBuild America dominates the landscape, I am excited about getting to attend my second glasstec in Germany. That show kicks off in a few weeks and now that I have one under my belt, I am pumped to take the show on again. I look forward to reporting back on here some of what I see and experience. And if you are headed over there, I look forward to running into you along the way!
  • Last this week, the always great Twitter feed of Conners Sales Group (@ConnersSales) had an incredible link posted a few days ago. Check this one out. It is an “All Glass Office,” and when I say “All Glass” I mean ALL GLASS. Now I love glass. Live for it. Want it everywhere. But I have to admit this actually was even too much for me--at least for living or working in. Obviously if I was the fabricator or glazier, I would LOVE these jobs.

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Innovation and technology. Those are words we throw around quite a bit in our world. In some parts of the industry, there’s actual meaning and weight behind them, but in others, it’s empty terming, something that people use to just make themselves look good. On the whole though, I think the majority of the glass and glazing industry truly “walks the walk” when it comes to these terms and making advancements in what they do and how they do it. Now our main base products- float glass and aluminum- may be as basic as they come, but it’s what we all do to them that make it special. And each time I am out and about and see what people are doing or when I am sent new info, it really makes me excited to see how things are progressing. I do believe we have some great things going. On that note, I’ll be at the GANA Fall Conference this coming week, so I am looking forward to seeing what else I can learn and I’ll share here next post.

Elsewhere…

  • Part of my thought process above came thanks to the latest issue of Glass Magazine, which was focused on “Next Generation Manufacturing for Next Generation Products.” It was a great read that featured several pieces that gave neat insight into product and plant advancements and technologies.  The deep dive into the new plant at Sage was especially riveting to me. Worth the read and nice touch by adding a section for some of the key people involved in building that plant. Good for those hard working folks to get some pub!
  • Also in this issue, another fantastic look at succession planning with a few pieces and a pretty interesting case study. Great content overall. Check it out!
  • And my for my “ad of the month” I am going with Harbison Walker International.  I never heard of them, did not know what they do, but their ad stopped me in my tracks, made me read and want to see more. Well done to whomever was the brains behind that one!
  • Some sad news this week with the passing of Joe Landsverk of Wood’s Powr-Grip. Really good man and he was very encouraging to me both when I started my business and whenever I would run into him at GlassBuild America. My condolences to his family.
  • A while back we covered the whole “transparent wood” is better than glass story and it seemingly popped up again this week with some coverage online. I do not view it as a major threat to our way of life, but should be a warning that the rest of the world is always working on what’s next. (See, more innovation and technology is needed!) Here’s the story and it includes video too. 
  • Last this week, the new iPhone is due to come out in the next few weeks, and rumor is there will be no area for a headphone jack. So wireless, Bluetooth or headphones that connect to the charge port will be it. This is a monumental change. Usually Apple changes the way people do things, but this will be one to watch to see how it works. For me, I do not like Bluetooth headsets: just can’t hear as well and hate having to remember to charge yet another device. 

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

If you missed the excellent blog on tradeshows by Ron Crowl of Fenetech last week, I strongly suggest you check it out. I thought in the very quick and creative way he wrote it, he got the message across on the importance of tradeshows. It’s something that I have been harping on for a while and will continue to do so. If you are not attending these events, with the next big one in the U.S. being GlassBuild America, you are really doing yourself a disservice personally and professionally. 

One key part of GlassBuild that you do no want to miss is the Glazing Executives Forum. I was thrilled to see that Sapa jumped on board this past week as a sponsor. They have done so in the past, so to see them back was exciting. I truly appreciate and respect the way they support the industry with events like this and their internal educational pieces as well. Props obviously also must go to the others that are sponsoring: YKK (loyal sponsor of this for several years), Tremco, Ergo Robotics, Roto Frank, and Novagard Solutions. As an industry guy, thank you for doing your part for our world.

Elsewhere…

  • I know I have been going overboard on the econ numbers lately, but here’s a great story to share on some of the metrics not watched as closely as well as some specific looks at markets and trends. Worth the read.
  • This may be an old piece but thanks to old friend Scott Goodman of AGC for sending along. The suspended pool in London. Does anyone know, has this been built yet?
  • Congrats to Richard Wilson of AGNORA for being a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year contest going on in Ontario. AGNORA surely has done some innovative things that are being recognized. Plus I love when our industry has people noticed in overall award categories and not just industry centric. Makes us all look good. Best of luck, Richard!
  • And while we’re on the path of congrats, a hearty one to the McClatchey family of SAF. They just celebrated their 70th year in business. Every interaction I have ever had with this company is always positive, plus they are another company that seemingly is always exhibiting and supporting every show. Congrats, gang!
  • I have to talk Olympics and just how enjoyable the first week was. Some incredible performances and stories. Katie Ledecky is off the charts. Anthony Ervin, winning a gold 16 YEARS after doing it the first time and at the "ancient" age of 35 was awesome. Maya DiRado wowed me. And the two Simones. Manuel and Biles were historical difference makers. Last but not least, Michael Phelps. Wow. And no way do I think he’s actually retiring after this Olympiad either. The second week of these games will surely have a long way to go to catch the excitement of the first!
  • Last this week, the annual “Old Farmers Almanac” Forecast is now out for this winter. Remember it has an 80 percent accuracy rate. This blurb from Country Living Magazine sums it up:

Every region of the U.S. will be hit with a different type of terrible. The Northeast and Midwest can expect "colder than normal" temperatures and precipitation is supposed to be "above normal." If you're in the Pacific Northwest, you can expect a lot of rain and chilly weather. And in the Intermountain and Appalachian regions, where ski enthusiasts would actually like cold temperatures and lots of snow, it's set to largely be warmer and less snowy than usual.

The story did note the South would have a very mild winter. So good for all of you who live there. As for the rest of us, here’s rooting for this forecast to be wrong!

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

I know it seems I am constantly talking about forecasts and economic conditions, and it’s probably because I am. Basically I get asked a few times a week about the economy, about the different projections online, and about the different data points, so I like sharing it here. This week had more of the same because several stories came out with reviews of both the first six months of 2016 and more recent month-to-month reporting. The story tones were mixed, mostly because the data was. 

On the positive side, the AIA released a mid-year update, and while noting several roadblocks current and possible, the report was very confident in a positive finish to 2016 and an entire 2017. 

On the flip side, Dodge had their midyear piece and was not as confident, focusing more on the fact that we had fantastic growth and it’s slowing down a bit from that.  Add to that the release that construction spending went down for a third straight month, and you could start sensing concern. The analysts I follow and trust are still very much in the positive camp and actually expect some of these reports to be revised up after further review. A good, quick piece from Bloomberg spells some of it out. Plus we are actually still ahead of 2015 by 6 percent. Basically we are quibbling over how much growth and not just staying positive. In addition, the mid-year consensus has growth predicted to finish at almost 6 percent this year AND next.

Still, the memories of 2009 and 2010 are amazingly fresh in many of our minds and the time it took to really get cranking again seemed to be forever. So whenever we have these blips on the radar, it does cause some angst. Bottom line for me right now is we’re in a good place. Let’s keep rolling but continue to monitor the trends.

One item that can and will have an effect, but is still unknown, is the U.S. Presidential election. In normal cycles a Presidential election has an effect of some type. For those of us living in the U.S., this cycle is as far from normal as you can get. So that is surely an item to always have in the back of your head.

Elsewhere…

  • I am surely one who tries to support anything sustainable, but I have a question for those of you experts out there. I am online ordering tickets for a few upcoming ballgames. The site notes in order to “stay green” that paper tickets are unavailable. OK that makes sense.  ut then they note, mobile and electronic entry are not available so you need to “print your tickets at home.” So my question is, how are we being more sustainable if I print the tickets vs. the venue printing?  
  • Fun picture-laden piece that came via the great Twitter feed of Viracon’s Garret Henson (@Viracon_Garret) on fritted glass. I love looking at the buildings and usage of glass, but I will say the article is a bit shortsighted. There are many more options than they listed or focused on to meet these aesthetic goals, and I would’ve liked to have seen them mentioned. Despite that glaring omission, I love when glass is shown off like this. I just may have to do my own splashy photo piece showing the options!
  • On that note of great looking glass, I really enjoyed the blog post from Moon Shadow's Kris Iverson last week on the Glassblog. Clear, concise and helpful piece, and yet another reminder that communication rules.
  • Last this week, The Olympics are underway. If you can remember, this was the one that the U.S. badly wanted for Chicago. The effort fell short back in 2009 when the games were awarded, but can you imagine IF Chicago would’ve won? With the security shown at four-day events like political conventions, I could only imagine the mess Chicago would’ve been during this. Oh, and with an Olympiad that close, I would’ve done everything to go, too… I know my pal Tom O’Malley of Clover Architectural with his Chicago connections would’ve taken great care of me!

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

This week we’ll start with something other than glass, but something many people in the glass and glazing industry really got behind and supported--the Ice Bucket Challenge. News broke that the money raised from the Ice Bucket Challenge two years ago led to a major breakthrough in the research of the ALS disease. You all deserve a pat on the back.  

The money raised during that time--a staggering 220 million--funded the biggest study ever. And during that study, researchers identified a gene that has given them a jump start on a possible cure and therapy. Obviously, a long way to go on this one, but it is positive news and something so many of us can say we had a part in. The Ice Bucket Challenge really was like no other event I can remember in bringing people together and allowing them to have their moment of fun for all to see--all while raising money and now succeeding in helping fight this disease. To all of you out there who read this and did it, congrats and thank you!

Elsewhere…

  • The latest edition of Glass Magazine is out and as always some “must see” items are in there. First and foremost, it’s the 2016 Glass Magazine Awards issue,so surely worth checking out the best of the best and those who were talented enough to win the most prestigious recognition our industry has.  The main takeaway from this award issue is that we have great companies who innovate at so many levels. This is one surely to be proud of.
  • Also catch the continuation of the “succession” series and a nice piece on the class-act Mammen family as they take a new step with their company. 
  • The ad of the month? Security Lock Distributors wins it with the “Technical Assistance” play. The ad was smart and bold and made me stop and read. I don’t know this company well at all, so it shows the ad was effective in catching my eye. So whoever there worked on this one, congrats on a job well done!
  • One of the award winners in the magazine was the new Minnesota Vikings stadium that opens this month. This week I ran across an article that I thought did a good job running down the timeline of the building of this structure and the various issues. Take a look, and especially see the comment section as a local architect surely did not agree with the article--at all. 
  • For my Denver readers, I came across this piece breaking down the redevelopment of the old Stapleton airport area. Sounds like things are progressing. So does Denver have the roadmap for other municipalities to follow in the future? I guess only time will tell, but nice to see the moves to redevelop the area are in motion. Especially since I currently live in an area (Metro Detroit) that has struggled mightily to do the same. 
  • Last this week, normally this sort of story would go in my “Links” section, but I had to put here because it’s just too hard to believe. Used cooking oil is a hot resource in Chicago. I’m floored by this one

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Now that we have had a few days to let the PPG-Vitro deal sink in, I think the underrated item in this deal is that Vitro is not exactly a newbie when it comes to glass. They have been producing glass since 1909. So there’s history there for sure. I say this because the focus was on PPG getting out of glass after more than a century, and it may have been different if a young upstart company bought them. 

Another item that had people buzzing is what happens to the current PPG workforce. I can tell you that in a deal like this people are a crucial part of it. Vitro now inherits some serious talent and they surely will want to take advantage of that. Believe me, if they don’t, competitors will. On the branding side, I mentioned on a previous post that the tried and true names will be staying. That is a big move as we’ve seen acquisitions in the past where familiar names were blown out, and so were the specs that were attached to them for years. 

At this point, there will be a few months while the particulars get settled and the deal becomes official. We’ll keep an eye on it all, but I think for the most part we won’t see any dramatic change to the way business is done in our industry based on this. I do, however, see the logjam starting to loosen on other deals. While we are in a serious rumor overload right now, I do think more action is coming in the second half of this year. And there are a few with potential to be bigger than this and also have an affect on the industry, too. Stay tuned.

Elsewhere…

  • Last note for now on the Vitro-PPG deal and it’s an angle I bring up with all major deals: will the new entity still support the industry the way the old did? PPG is at every show and always willing to help. In addition, their education pieces are fantastic. Hope that continues!
  • Another note from the acquisition side, I’m surprised that the Dow and Dupont deal has not had more coverage. A lot of speculation there on what comes next specifically regarding Dow Corning. Will bear watching as well.
  • The monthly release of the Architectural Billings Index hit right as all of this came up. So it flew under the radar some. June marked the fifth straight positive month though the score trended down a bit to 52.6 from May’s 53.1. New projects also fell some to 58.6 after a scorching 60.1 in May. Basically this along with some other forecasting metrics keeps the industry on pace for a positive start to 2017.
  • Via the Twitter feed of Ted Bleecker, a great column on the economy and the metrics with it. So while I trumpet the above success of the ABI, I guess I too may be falling into that trap. Good food for thought here. And the author of this piece, Alex Carrick, is also a good Twitter follow.
  • Last this week, one convention done, one to go. Stepping away from the actual event and looking at the costs, these two events will tally more than 140 million to put on. That number just blows my mind. Yes, it’s helpful for the economy: that 140 million goes to tons of trades and companies involved with it. But it also just seems like an insane waste of resources. And my misery will just grow worse with a BILLION dollars expected to be spent on the election in November. 

 

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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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

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