Forecast: 2012 and beyond
While overall construction levels will remain much the same this year, the spending picture will be slightly different, analysts say, with commercial building and multifamily housing trending upward and institutional building continuing to fall. (See Closer look.) How will this affect the glass industry in the coming year? Industry leaders representing all segments of the market—from float glass manufacturers, to fabricators, to glaziers, retailers, and suppliers— share their perspective in the individual stories below.
A special thank you goes to the following industry executives who shared their insight for the Glass Magazine 2012 industry forecast.
Darand Davies, president, Dallas Glass
David Fitchett, president and co-founder, Carolina Glass & Mirror
Dave Hewitt, vice president,sales and marketing, EFCO, a Pella Co.
Jon Hughes, director, Marketing & Programs, AGC Glass Co. North America
Donill Kenney, vice president, Palm Beach Glass Specialties, Inc.
Lewis McAllister, executive vice president, Coral Industries
Bowie Neumayer, vice president, sales and marketing, Cardinal Glass Industries
Kelly Schuller, president, Viracon
Nick Sciola, president and owner, Hartung Glass Industries
Scott Thomsen, president, Guardian Flat Glass Group
Bob Trainor, CEO, Trainor Glass Co.
Rod Van Buskirk, president, Bacon & Van Buskirk