From the fabricator: News of all makes and models

An absolute rollercoaster of a week news-wise: we had good news, sad news, surprising news, and what could possibly be considered depressing news. And, we had glass still falling from the sky. Really, it was all over the map, so let's take a look at what happened.


  • We will start with the sad news regarding the passing of John Neunlist, president of Admiral Glass in Houston. John was one of those consistent, classy industry guys. He always supported our industry, was a fixture at BEC and simply a force in his world. Our industry lost a very good man last week, and thoughts and prayers go out to John's family.
  • The week also saw more rough numbers out of the Architectural Billings Index. For the fifth straight month, the numbers were down. So now, it's surely an official "trend." However, I am starting to question the whole methodology involved, based on last year's predictions for this year. Our industry is a lot busier right now than what the ABI predicted it would be nine to 12 months ago. And while I think this burst of business is sorely overdue, I am still taking ABI's latest downward trends with a grain of salt. If our world is dog slow in August of 2012, then we'll know right?
  • The good news is that remodeling numbers are nowhere close to being down or depressed. That segment has been going hog wild for awhile and will continue to do so. The era of "spec" buildings is absolutely toast, and with years of inventory on the markets right now, the remodel/retrofit segment looks very promising.
  • Surprising news on the decision in U.S, court to dismiss the lawsuit against the U.S. Green Building Council. I really thought the suit would have more legs, but in the end, the judge attacked the logic behind the suit and sided firmly with the USGBC. The fine folks at have a great recap with insights here. I don't think this is the end of attacks on USGBC. A lot of people still have issues with its programs and the overall value to true sustainability in our world. It will be an interesting one to continue to monitor.
  • Glass keeps falling off of buildings. The newest round is in Toronto, and that news has been bouncing around the Internet like wildfire. The bad thing is that, once again, this can be used as a negative mark against glass as a building product. As an industry, it would be nice to have at least a little run without someone beating on us.

Elsewhere in the very busy week that passed:

  • A hearty congrats to my pal Rich Porayko and his wife Tricia on the birth of their son Levi. I am sure the kid  is already taking after his Dad and hustling like crazy. Levi is their first child... Congrats!
  • A wish of good luck to Joe Krusienski as he heads off into new pastures, whatever they may be. I had the absolute honor of working with Joe for several years and there are not many who are better. They just don't make guys like Joe anymore, that is for sure. Hopefully we'll have a Joe K sighting at GlassBuild America in a few weeks.
  • Many thanks to Ted Knopp of McKenzie Glass in Oregon and James M. who noted on last week's blog that I mis-heard the wording on the video that I posted. I appreciate the catch and now know exactly what I did. I heard what I wanted to hear; what I assumed was said and just mixed it up. In any case, thank you guys for reading and for taking the time to post it. Much appreciated!
  • Also, thanks to Tish Oye of Glassworks in Seattle, Wash., for an awesome link about how architects love glass. You can read the piece here. To get you going, here's the first line: "Architects like to build with wood, masonry, concrete and steel, but most really love glass."

    Is that not cool or what?!?

Read on for links and video of the week...

The author 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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