From the Fabricator: Almost Done with 2017

We’re now entering the home stretch of 2017. For many people, the year is over. The amount of work that gets done between now and The New Year is usually on the low side. So, productivity is not a positive right now. Still, work needs to be done, and weather is cooperating in the traditional winter weather spots of the United States. That could change pretty quickly but nasty, job-slowing precipitation has not been a factor yet. This year, though, has absolutely flown right by.


  • The latest Architectural Billings Index came in with a return to the positive. The key with tracking the ABI is that it doesn’t touch our world for at least nine months, so these consistent upbeat reports, along with healthy backlogs really are momentum builders for 2018. There’s obviously the daily worry that some geopolitical nightmare that bursts from a twitter post could bring all of this to a halt, but so far so good metric wise.

  • A while back I wrote briefly on the “fake marketing” that is happening in our industry. Sadly, that trend is continuing with companies attaching their names to projects online and leaving the reader to incorrectly assume that said company supplied the entire noted product on the building. It’s a lazy and weak approach and quite frankly distasteful to try and take credit for something you don’t deserve. As you can see it makes me somewhat crazy, mostly because companies can and should be better than that.

  • Congrats to my friends at Walker Glass for completing the HPD/EPD process for several of their products. That is not an easy or inexpensive process, but it is meaningful in the big picture of transparency with regards to sustainable building. Well done, gang!

  • The home of the 2018 edition of GlassBuild America, the Las Vegas Convention Center, is getting some serious upgrades and additions. The $860 million renovation and addition will make the center the second largest in the United States, right behind Chicago’s McCormick. My guess is Vegas saw how GlassBuild is growing, and with the merger of GANA and NGA, they needed to add more space to take care of us glass folk!

  • Does anyone out there watch the new ABC show “The Good Doctor”? If you do you see an amazing looking hospital featuring tons of glass. I’m curious is that a real structure, or Hollywood magic? And if it is real, where is it and who did the glass and glazing? It is sharp!

  • Are you a Top Glass Fabricator? If so, submissions are now open for Glass Magazine’s Top Fabricator list.  Get your details in, and you can also nominate great glaziers along the way, too! 

  • I think “Black Friday” may be the biggest day of the year for promotional emails. I was floored by the amount that I received to start the day and how they just kept on coming in. I think every list I have ever been on from a retail outlet reached out to me as well as many others that I have no idea how they found me.

  • Last this week, before the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, I posted a handful of things I am thankful for within our industry. If you are interested, you can find that post here…

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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

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Filming for the rest of the season began on July 26, 2017, and is set to conclude on March 1, 2018. The Surrey, British Columbia city hall serves as the fictional San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital in exterior shots. Although The Good Doctor is set in San Jose, California, the real San Jose is rarely seen.
Thank you!