From the Fabricator: Off and Running in 2018

2018 is here and we are back at it with a lot of news and notes to get to. Normally I use the first post of the year to have recaps and predictions, but I am going to push that into the next couple of weeks because there are other items to cover.

  • On the company side of things, we had a deal involving one of the companies in this industry I respect the most. In an announcement soon after the new year, Technical Glass Products sold to Allegion plc. I don’t know much about Allegion, but I do know they got an amazing company with incredible people. Congrats to the Razwick family on the deal. Everyone at TGP has always treated me extremely well and I am happy for them as this situation really looks positive for everyone involved.

  • Aside from this one, there are a few other deals that are bursting at the seams and I expect announcements in the next week or two.

  • Also, one of my favorite companies had a major rebrand at the end of the year. SC Railing is now known as Trex Commercial Products. SC sold to Trex last July, so this makes sense to bring them into that family. No matter the name, the influence and growth that SC/Trex has had in the industry has been quite impressive.

  • And while I am talking about words like impressive and favorite, a gentleman who fits both descriptions took on a new position at the start of the year. Dan Wright was named president of Paragon Tempered Glass, moving up from his previous role as vice president of sales and marketing. I cannot tell you how happy I am for Dan, a wonderful guy who I knew was destined for greatness way back in the day when he had to put up with my constant whines and cries when I was a customer of his. Congrats, Dan. You will do awesome in this role!

  • Good news from the last Architectural Billing Index for 2017. The ABI crushed it with a crazy score of 55.0, which is highest of the year and really had people talking. The main analyst from AIA chimed in with this positive nugget:

    “Not only are design billings overall seeing their strongest growth of the year, the strength is reflected in all major regions and construction sectors,” said Kermit Baker, AIA chief economist, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The construction industry continues to show surprising momentum heading into 2018.”

    We are geared up nicely, so as I noted above, I am saving my recaps and predictions for the next weeks, and one reason is I want your input. I have a poll posted on my Twitter feed @maxpsolesource where you can add your vote (and feel free to comment below that poll or here) that will add into my thoughts. This obviously is very unscientific, and my Twitter reach is not huge, but an interesting angle to me nonetheless.

  • Last but certainly not least this week, there was some very sad news to report out of the gate as well. Peter de Gorter, president & CEO of DeGorter Inc., passed away right before the new year. The news was incredibly sad to me. The de Gorter family has such a strong positive presence in our industry and have been so active, that a loss like this shakes you. My thoughts and condolences to the entire de Gorter family.

Read on for links and video of the week…

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.

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