From the Fabricator: Catching Up

The last few weeks have been a real whirlwind, so time to get caught up and clear off my desk. Here goes:

  • The annual Top 50 Glazier issue is coming soon from Glass Magazine and to make the 27th annual list as best as it can be, please take a few minutes to do the survey—if you are a glazing company of course. Click here for survey. I love that issue—it’s always great to see the who’s who on that list!
  • The Dodge Momentum Index went down again in its latest report. That index has been pretty volatile of late, but I think the one takeaway here for sure is that things are a bit murky in the construction world. I am staying positive, but I would like to see this index find some consistent trends.
  • I am enthralled with the whole college entrance scandal that broke this week and ended up in the arrests of high-powered business people and entertainers. It really is amazing that when you have the sort of money and power that these people have you would go to illegal lengths to get your kids in to college. In many cases the kids did not want to go to college, but the parents wanted them to go. It’s an incredible story that I have feeling still has a few more chapters to it.

My pal Ted Bleecker had a tremendous quote on this whole scandal:

“Considering what people are doling out just to get their kid's into college, I feel content paying six figures the old fashioned way... No entrance fee required” 

  • Off topic, one movie to see and one to get excited to see. First up “Free Solo” the Oscar Award winning documentary about a guy who free climbed “El Cap” was incredible. The last 20 minutes will have you on the edge of your seat. Insane. The other is coming in the next month or two and is called “Yesterday.” It’s a creative look at a world without the “Beatles”—check my video of the week for a preview!
  • Speaking of videos—go to this link and see a glass door in “action.” Thank you to my good friend Jon Johnson for sharing. The glass “worked” the hinges and install? Not so much!
  • Thirsty Thursday alert: on March 21, the legend Bill Lingnell and the great Urmilla Sowell will have a presentation on edge grinding of laminated glass. I was honored to work on a session with this topic at the 2018 GlassBuild with Bill. It’s a deep, interesting and important topic if you are dealing with laminated glass. Register here.
  • Last this week: we as an industry and the world itself lost another great person recently with the passing of Ruben Huerta of Glasswerks. Ruben was a part of the management and ownership at Glasswerks and was absolutely loved. Great guy and a huge loss. My thoughts and condolences go out to Ruben’s friends and family and the entire team at Glasswerks. I know Ruben will be sorely missed.

Read on for links and video of the week... 

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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