From the Fabricator: All Quiet … But for How Long?

I have to wonder: does it seem eerily quiet to everyone out there? I know work is out there and everyone is busy, but since GlassBuild America ended, at least for me, it’s been very quiet with regards to news and actions in our space. Usually there is always a hot rumor or issue that needs attention. Not so much lately. There was one big note that I will get to below, but for the most part, the last few weeks have been very mellow. I am not sure what to make of it, or if it’s only me who’s feeling this malaise, but I sure hope it passes quickly.


  • The big news was the National Glass Association hired Andrew Haring as its new vice president of business development. Andrew is one of the people I interviewed this summer, and I have always been a huge fan. The energy and insight he’s going to bring to this role will be incredible and our industry will benefit from it. I can’t wait to see what actions he works to implement. Congrats, Andrew, on the new gig!

  • The latest Glass Magazine for review is the Glass Magazine Awards edition, and it is very special for a few reasons. Foremost among them is the front cover and the way it is laid out. The cover actually opens up to reveal a very classy ad dedicated to the retirement of Don Friese. Great way to honor the man. The feature story of Don by Katy Devlin inside the magazine was right on point. In addition, this issue featured the prestigious annual Glass Magazine Awards and recognized several organizations in various categories. When you flip through the winners you can take pride in some of the brilliance our industry has to offer. Congrats to all! Overall the content was super. And if you are going to glasstec in a few weeks, you’ll want to make sure to review the products previewed, starting on page 74.  

  • As for the ad of the month, two winners. Cut Pro Clothing had an ad you cannot miss. It is a thicker card stock, so the magazine opens to it and it’s an eye-catching piece. I can admit I have never heard of these folks, but I am aware now. Kudos to them for a great piece. My other winner is Safti First with the very sharp ad on its flooring system. Picture choice was perfect; color and layout attractive. Job well done by Diana San Diego and team!

  • Fellow road warriors, the latest airport rankings from JD Power are out. Here are the top 10 “mega” airports (your bigger cities etc.) with some comments from me.

10. San Francisco.

9. Phoenix. Maybe the weather is nice? But 9th? And it’s ahead of Seattle (16th)? No way.

8. Minneapolis-St. Paul. I’m good with this. Could be higher.

7. Houston-George Bush. I think too high, but not bad.

6. Atlanta-Hartsfield. Under construction and can be a mad house, but it is actually a pretty decent airport. Lacks enough places to recharge your phone, though.

5. Dallas-Forth Worth. No way. Though it’s gotten better with construction, it is still a nightmare to get around it, and the lack of escalators/elevators to get you from ground floor up is frightening.

4. Denver. This is the biggest head scratcher on the list. Lack of bathrooms, lack of charging, lack of food options. Brutal.

3. Detroit. This is a homer pick, but I love this airport. Clean, bright, easy to navigate and plenty of everything.

2. Orlando. SERIOUSLY?? Security, even with TSA clearance, can be rough. And the terminal side is older, with no place to sit, few food options and dream on if you need to charge your phone. How this is No. 2 is beyond me.

1. Las Vegas. I am somewhat OK with this as there is a good layout of food options and places to charge up. But better than Detroit, Atlanta or Minneapolis? No way. Maybe someday I’ll do my own formal rankings. If you have thoughts, please let me know… for more, including ranks of the smaller airports, here’s the story.

  • Thirsty Thursday Alert. October 11 at 1 p.m. EST. Updates to ASTM Glass Railings Standard presented by Vicente Montes of CDC. With how hot the railing business is now, this is a very timely webinar. Sign up at this link and learn!

  • Last this week, October is here and how cool is it that every major sport around is now underway. I love it. I know my friends in Canada want my hockey picks, so here goes. Stanley Cup will be Boston vs. San Jose with the Sharks winning it. And, sorry my Maple Leaf friends, even with John Tavares, the Leafs still won’t get to the Cup this year. (Does me saying this pretty much guarantee the Leafs will win it all now???)

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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

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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