Latest Articles in Fabrication

  • The Bottom LineWe are in a unique time where there is uncertainty but also access to relatively cheap financing.This environment allows companies to improve their safety net, and potentially profits, by leveraging financing. It also allows them to improve cash flow by leveraging vendor payment terms.This opportunity puts companies in a better position to grow, which should be done conservatively...
  • Top considerations before entering the worldwide glass market
    Shipping containers at Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. Unique projects demand unique products, which may demand turning to unique suppliers. While a fabricator or glazing contractor may be willing to go to the ends of the earth to find the product that meets the client’s specific needs, the reality is that journey is going to be time-consuming, expensive and plagued with unexpected challenges....
  • Four credit alternatives for large projects
    Getting a large order can be either a blessing or a source of major problems for a company. It’s an obvious blessing if the company has the resources to fulfill it. However, if the company doesn’t, large orders can create havoc. It must scramble to find the resources to fulfill it. This task is particularly difficult if the business needs funds to pre-pay suppliers. If it cannot find the money,...
  • Know the signs of financial problems and avoid risky clients
    Always avoid clients who are in a shaky financial position. They are prime candidates for bankruptcy. This advice may sound obvious, but few companies do anything about it until it is too late. This article presents strategies to detect and avoid potential client bankruptcies. But before proceeding, I offer a disclaimer. I am not an attorney, and this article is not offering legal advice. If you...
  • High-quality glass depends on excelling at the essentials and building a culture where everyone is empowered to make a difference.
    An automated insulating glass line at the Sedak, fabrication facilities. Photo courtesy of Quanex Building Products.Shipping high-quality products is the lifeblood of any glass manufacturer, but how we work toward that goal has changed in recent years. Between a skilled labor shortage, the ongoing proliferation of automation and robotic technology for glass manufacturing, and other new trends,...
  • Break down business operations and improve efficiencies
    There is growing concern that the United States is entering a recession. The decade-long recovery may be losing steam, and the economy may experience a contraction. At least, that is what some experts, and many TV pundits, say. Conversely, many experts are looking at the same or similar data and are coming to a different conclusion. They think the economy is stable and doing well.  As a...
  • How to break down business operations and improve efficiencies
    Download a process map template for the order of a replacement insulating glass unit. Process mapping can prove a powerful tool for contract glazing firms. A process map itself is useful when onboarding employees or when an employee is absent. But the actual process of creating the map is often more valuable than the map itself.  Simply, process mapping is a visual way of...
  • Two ways to growGenerally, there are two ways to grow a company. An owner can grow a company organically by increasing the client base through marketing. Or the owner can grow through acquisition by purchasing competitors. Organic growth is often slower but less risky. Growth by acquisition can provide quick growth but is often risky.Organic growthOrganic growth is generated by...
  • One path to success is trial and error
    I vividly remember the moment when it dawned on me that every single person—from the most successful business owners and CEOs to the janitor sweeping the floors, the attendant at the gas station and everyone in between—is making things up as they go along. For years, I assumed that, with rank and title, came “the manual.”  I remember the moment when it dawned on me that, “life:...
  • Project success depends on all teams working toward a shared vision
    GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo returns to Las Vegas Sept. 12-14.When it comes to major architectural construction, it’s important to keep the big picture in mind. Creating a major superstructure takes vision, and it takes countless people and teams working toward that vision to make it a reality. It’s about creating harmony among a variety of products and materials, all...
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  • This commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels. 
    Great Glazing: Custom interior officeThis commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels suspended from the ceiling. Created by Tulsa artist May Yang, the mural is based on local Oklahoma themes, transitioning from rural landscape to the Tulsa skyline.   Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus...
  • A look at the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products, broken down by sales volume, number of locations and product offering. 
    Building on the success of the Top Glass Fabricators rankings introduced last year, Glass Magazine is expanding its coverage to include the Top Metal Companies, featuring the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products in the United States and Canada. The Top Metal Companies include those that manufacture, fabricate and sell curtain wall, storefront and entrance, commercial interior...
  • Read about the winners
    In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, this year’s program included people-centric categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep.After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors asked the...

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