From the fabricator: The big day ahead

It is my opinion that the presidential election on November 6 will be a life-changing event. Others are watching it too. Last week, the Dodge Momentum Index report specifically focused on the election as a reason for the results. The index slipped in August and has been struggling recently. Analysts basically blamed it on the election and the uncertainty stemming from it. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the result of November 6, no matter what it is, will have a major effect on our industry and how we go forward. Will the closure that comes from the election make a difference? I am hearing yes and no. From some sides, it’s a resounding yes; but others believe that the gridlock and malaise will continue no matter what.


  • Last week, Glass Magazine's Jenni Chase had one of the best glassblog posts of ALL TIME. Her piece on being a glass geek was excellent, and if you missed it, please check it out here. My geek story is from the opening of the Pittsburgh Airport in 1992. It featured TONS of glass, and it was the first airport to feature a mall in it. Since it was pre 9-11, you could meet people at the gates, and you could shop while you waited. Anyway, my brother and I went out there right after it opened, just to look at the glass...and see all the logos. We were on our knees looking at logos on the glass by the automated walkways, and craning our necks to see logos up high on an all-glass storefront. Needless to say, we looked like we were either idiots or casing the joint. Anyway, Jenni’s piece, and the great comments that came from it, were excellent reading.
  • Yet another reason I struggle with the Department of Energy: last week, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review ran a story about athletes getting special breaks from the government, and the good ‘ole DOE was at it again. From the story:

    Agassi's Las Vegas nonprofit took $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to help erect the "Alternative Energy School of the Future." According to the agency, the money was earmarked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, solely for the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education -- no other schools need apply.

    Wow. Now politics aside, why is the DOE giving $1.5 million to anyone for something like this? And is a tennis player’s charity the right place for that amount of money? Really? The rest of the story can be found here, and it’s infuriating.
  • For those of you who have been in the industry awhile, the name Jim Bradford is familiar. He is the former president of both AFG (before it was known as AGC) and the old United Glass Corp. Bradford left the industry way back at the start of the last decade and has been successful in his ventures. This past week, however, he made news when he was embroiled in a mini controversy at Cracker Barrel, where he is a board member. Here’s the Cracker Barrel side and the very intense response from their largest shareholder, who is not happy.
  • Last this week, the poor Washington Nationals. Man, who would think me picking them for the World Series would jinx them in the 9th inning of game 5? Now it is obvious there is no more fortunate/clutch team in the world than St Louis. Wow. And as for the Yankees, losing Derek Jeter surely isn’t a good thing. Ouch.

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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. E-mail him at

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