From the Fabricator: Going slower?

Last week’s blog brought a lot of conversation. First, I heard from many that the quiet period post-GlassBuild America was spooky and they were experiencing it as well. Though incredibly, this week things started to break free and the rumor mill went into overdrive with a lot of tantalizing possibilities that probably will never come true. Regardless, it was like a seal was removed from the jar and communication started up again. However, there was one piece of scary news. 

I heard from several people that there is a worry that we are headed for a slower-than-expected 2019 in the glass industry. None of the metrics that we follow support this concern (or any of the details I gained at GlassBuild), but I have to say I found it odd, and yet compelling, that this fear exists. Possibly the rough waters the U.S. stock market experienced mid-week started this, or the fact that many bigger companies are strategically planning 2019 right now and possibly they don’t see things as positively as others. I did follow up and talk to a few other folks to ask what they thought, and they are still very bullish on the next year. In any case, this was an interesting carry over from things being “quiet.”


  • By the way, the Dodge Momentum Index went down in September, so maybe that is playing into possible concerns. Even with it down now, it still does not match the metrics going into 2019 at this point. But we’ll obviously pay attention. The next Architectural Billings Index comes out October 24. I will be on the floor at glasstec, so hopefully I’ll catch it and tweet it out with any initial opinions.
  • Speaking of glasstec, that kicks off next week in Düsseldorf, Germany. I am excited to once again attend, and I am looking forward to seeing what’s new on the international stage. Also, it will be a good time to take the temperature of the attendees and exhibitors on the market, too. I will have some initial thoughts on my post next week, which, if the Wi-Fi there cooperates, will be posted from the hall in Düsseldorf. 
  • The other item from last week that brought a LOT of discussion were the airport rankings! The most contentious was my appreciation for the Atlanta airport. I heard an earful on that one. I also heard that I was too rough on Orlando and way too positive on Seattle. Las Vegas and Minnesota also were discussed, again picking on my positivity there. I think it may be time to do a full-fledged piece on this and get some more insight from all.
  • Good piece on four cutting-edge technologies that are changing the construction industry. I see the growth in all of these areas and many people within our industry are taking advantage of the innovation.
  • Coming up next month, the beginning of Glass Industry MVP season. I have been keeping a list and monitoring the potential candidates. But if you have someone you think should be recognized in this race, shoot me a note.
  • Last this week, baseball is moving quickly towards the World Series and there’s a pretty cool bet going on between some industry heavyweights. Dan Pompeo is one of the best manufacturers’ reps out there, and he’s a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. He’s got a friendly wager with Javier Sanchez Gil, director of sales and operations at Cristacurva, who happens to be a big-time Houston Astros fan. In the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox are taking on the defending champion Astros. If Dan’s Sox win, Javier will have to sport a Sox shirt and share on social media. And if Javier’s guys deliver, Dan will have to wear their gear. Personally, seeing Dan in a bright orange Astros shirt may be worth rooting for Houston in this one. Sorry, Dan! Either way, should be a good series and same with LA-Milwaukee in the National.

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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

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