From the Fabricator: Confidence back; a big industry loss; hot products; and Oh, Canada

Probably the biggest news coming on the heels of GlassBuild America was Viracon's announcement that it will reopen its St. George, Utah, facility in January. That news, combined with the announced positive performance by Viracon's parent company, gives off serious confidence that the improved economy is more solid than we have all been hoping. There are a handful of companies in the industry that can move the needle, and Viracon is easily one. This news is truly very positive for all. Congrats to all involved.


  • The industry lost another icon last week with the passing of Bob Pool, founder and chairman of Thermal Windows. Mr. Pool was a class act, loved by basically everyone who came in contact with him. In his town and company he’ll surely be remembered for many things, but from my standpoint one part of his legacy will stand with the fact that Thermal Windows has been a tremendous supporter of the industry for many years, through the best and worst of times. Thoughts and condolences to Mr. Pool’s family and everyone at Thermal.
  • Lost in my long review of GlassBuild America last week was coverage of the hot products. There were a few things that caught my eye. AGC Glass Co. North America’s Dragontrail, which I previewed pre-show, did not disappoint. I am a fan of solar, always have been, and continue to respect and have high hopes for what Onyx Solar is doing. Plus, there may not be a nicer young man in our industry than Diego Cuevas. The interior switchables were in many spots on the floor, showing that product has legs. This is a good thing, because I probably am asked twice a month where you can find that sort of product.
  • Also at GlassBuild America, I ran into Tara Brummet who just was hired by Vitrum. Great hire for them as Tara is an extremely impressive individual. I will be soon doing a list of my top 20 best industry salespeople and I expect Tara to surely occupy a spot. That list is going to be VERY hard to compile as at the sales level our industry has the most talent than it ever has.  
  • This has been a theme here and elsewhere, but I am seriously tempted to start a school for project managers. The need for that position is so huge, it is not even funny.
  • This week is the Glass Association of North America Fall Conference in Toronto and unfortunately I cannot attend. I am looking forward to hearing about it, as some subjects that will be covered, specifically the bird glazing issue, are extremely important right now. On a side note, it is great to see a GANA meeting in the awesome country of Canada. We are blessed with tremendous industry support from so many Canadian companies; it is great to see them have a home event.

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