From the fabricator: Decent news in a slow week

Glass Magazine recently linked to an interesting report from FMI that is surely worth the download and read. The key takeaway is that FMI projects 2012 will be like 2003. My memory is not great, but 2003 wasn't awful, and if we're headed that way, I'd be OK with that. The breakdown of industry segments and the growth--or lack thereof--was also something to digest. How much will the school/institutional construction be affected by current budget shortfalls and the battles in the government? That segment weathered the storms pretty well and remains the wildcard that no analyst really can accurately portray. Overall, a good read; check it out.


  • After weeks and weeks of a pretty heavy news cycle, things finally calmed down last week. It was probably one of the slowest news weeks I have seen in a long time. As an industry, I think we deserved the breather! However, there's a lot of movement and news percolating in the background, so the cycle is going to start going full blast again soon.
  • Have you downloaded the Glass Magazine App yet? If not, do so, it's really nicely set up. Kudos again to the folks who put that together. A job well done!
  • Want to know what the realistic house of the future will look like? Check this story out. I agree with some of it, but not all, especially in regards to the skylights. There's too much technology out there that the writer obviously hasn't researched yet.
  • This week is the Solar Power International show in Dallas. A few years ago, this show had a lot of desirable targets for our industry, but you can tell that things have certainly changed and many of the folks that should/could be there are not. Good to see though that Konarka WILL be there and will benefit from the lack of competition on the floor. They deserve to stand out.
  • Forbes Magazine rang the alarm on what could be another crisis: a water shortage crisis. The article does get you to think but also seems so unlikely. In any case, I still hate the fact we use up so much clean water for waste disposal. That one gets me crazy.
  • Last this week... Speaking of drinks, have you seen the new Dr. Pepper product geared for men only? The folks there feel that a "man" won't want to be seen with a "diet" drink, so they needed to create something new. Now I don't think that's a bad thing. A bad thing for a guy is having your favorite alcoholic drink be Malibu and Diet. Take it from me; you never hear the end of it. 

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