From the Fabricator: Groundbreaking Educational Opportunities

Huge news broke last week with the announcement of a new program and how it relates to you and your educational “must haves." Express Learning will be held on the floor at GlassBuild America. There have been education sessions in the past, but they were usually in a conference room a few floors above the exhibit hall. These sessions will be on the actual trade show floor and will be short, 20-minute sessions—the perfect length for learning. And did I mention it’s FREE? If you are an attendee or exhibitor at the show, you can come to as many sessions as you want, free of charge.

Some awesome subjects are on the docket as well—subjects that can make a significant difference in your business and approach, such as “Solving our Workers Shortage” and “Help Architects Help You.” “Solving our Workers Shortage,” should be front and center on everyone’s mind. This is basically a crisis right now, so any insight and education is a must.

I’ve always said those who don’t come to the show get left behind by their competitors. Now with this Express Learning program, it's even more crucial you attend and get involved.


  • An industry classic, Jim Roesing, announced his retirement this past week. President of Super Sky, Jim stepped down after leading that company since 1987, with 47 years total in the business. I had the honor of working for a short time with Jim, and it was a tremendous experience. This is a guy that changed the way the modern commercial skylight was developed and installed. He was a true pioneer. Plus he looks just like the most interesting man in the world (the one from the Dos Equis commercials), and easily can tell stories that would make him eligible for that title if it were real. Our industry will miss him for sure. Enjoy the retirement, Jim!
  • Katy Devlin's blog from last week on Las Vegas was excellent reading. The stories behind the whole City Center project would make an amazing book. I wish I had the time, money and talent because I’d love to do it. So much fodder—from the planning, the financing, the building, the problems, etc. It would read better than any thriller on the market today. Or, at least a fun book for construction geeks, like myself.
  • The Dodge Momentum Index had a nice jump in April after a couple of down months. I think people are now getting busy in every region. The worry now is two fold: finding workforce (as noted above) and dealing with cash flow. Both issues really have a serious way of dampening the enthusiasm of a busier stretch.
  • Last this week, I find myself rooting hard for the gang at the Green Building Initiative, and I believe you all should as well. I have been outspoken against LEED for its various issues, but I dislike nothing more than a monopoly for services or ratings. LEED right now is the biggest and baddest on the block, but the Green Building Initiative is making inroads. The Green Building Initiative had two interesting releases recently, one showing a diverse list of new projects that received their certifications, and a second comparing their cost on a project to that of LEED. The second is worth the read, especially when you see LEED’s cost in the six-figure range, while Green Building Initiative comes in at less than $10,000. Competition is a very good thing folks, let's hope this gets embraced because green building is only going to grow. We need good and logical options to rate and certify it. 

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