From the Fabricator: Challenges Ahead on Supply

A lot of news, but first and foremost, my thoughts are out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. That was/is a challenging storm and hoping for only the best for those in its path today and going forward.

In the glass world, it’s been a tough week on the float side. The market is relatively busy right now, save for some soft spots here and there, so the need for glass is pretty high. Unfortunately, some events at the float level have me very concerned about capacity, and so thus comes the warning. (Katy Devlin had a fantastic take on it here.) Glass is tight now and going to get tighter. This is the time to get as organized as you can and understand your supply chains and the future orders you need to fill. Proactivity is a must. This is also a massive reason why you need to attend GlassBuild America in a few weeks because if you are not networking and communicating, you will be left behind. I will be monitoring this glass supply issue and will continue to report when relevant. And yes, I know I am more reactionary than others out there, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

Elsewhere…

 

  • A few weeks ago, I mentioned another big glass deal was coming and that happened publicly last week with Glass Dynamics being sold to Press Glass. Obviously, the interesting angle here is the parent company of Press is in Europe so this is a new player having a location in the North American fabrication market. Press has a great reputation in the areas they are already in, so there’s a positive from the market standpoint.
  • Congrats to Martin Bracamonte on his new position as president of IGE Glass Technologies. Michael Spellman built a strong team over there, and he’ll obviously still be involved, but adding Martin as the president was an excellent move. He’s a good and talented person.
  • And while I am in the congratulatory mood, props to the folks at Conners Sales. They launched a fabulous new website last week. Really impressive work and great examples of the lines they represent.
  • The latest Architectural Billings Index was released this week and once again it was in the positive. That’s now six straight months on the good side of the ledger and overall a pretty amazing run over the last 2-plus years. All of the other indexes that are tracked (regional and new inquiries) were up as well.
  • I’m a big “smart roads” guy and look forward to seeing if and how this works. The next area for testing is in Kansas City along with two other to-be-determined sites. Really curious to see how this holds up in a climate like KC.
  • Last this week, college football is now back… can’t wait…. One of the first college games of the year will be held at the new stadium in Atlanta. (Which you can view close up when you attend GlassBuild America.) Architectural Digest got a tour and broke it all down.

 

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 MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.

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