From the fabricator: Next up

We've gone from GlassBuild America season to GreenBuild this week. It should be a very interesting show in that it's in Toronto and could attract a potentially much different audience and demographic than in years past. I also will be watching to see if youth still dominate this crowd or if the more seasoned professionals are breaking down and joining the green revolution. The everlasting memory of this event could be the cell phone bills all of the American exhibitors and attendees get a month from now, when they are racked by their carriers for international calls! In any case, next week  I'll have the breakdown of the latest gathering in our world.


  • Lost in the excitement of GlassBuild America and all of the industry news these last few months was the announcement that Glass Week will be replaced by an annual conference. This conference will stand alone and will not be connected to BEC like it was for the last few years. It's a move that some have wanted for awhile and others who didn't like the connection to BEC have really wanted. Adding more travel to already tight budgets will be a challenge, but the technical work so many do at GANA surely will be a factor in the decision to attend. Will it eat into the BEC attendance? Possibly. Anyway you slice it, this is a bold move by the gang at GANA to evolve.
  • My gosh, is the DOE getting skewered like crazy or what on Solyndra? Even at my worst, I don't think I beat them up this badly. I'm almost feeling bad for the guys there... almost.
  • Congrats to John Bush on his new appointment at GGI. I have known John for years, starting from the days on the board at GANA, and know that he is a tremendous talent. It's a coup for GGI  to get him on board full time.
  • I know there are several proud University of Michigan graduates and fans who read this, along with a lot of people who were involved in the remodel of the Michigan football stadium. This past weekend, I was lucky enough to go to a game at the refurbished stadium. Tremendous work has been done there architecturally, and the atmosphere was second to none. So to the folks who had a part in the rebuild, congrats. And to the folks who are grads and fans, man you are lucky. I had a great time, and the team looks super!
  • Last this week ... kudos to the gang at SAGE on the launch of their new website. It is a very slick, clean and impressive site. Sorry Earnest Thompson, Chris Dolan and the folks at Guardian, you have been knocked off the perch for best industry site now. These are heady times for the dynamic glass world, and this is just the beginning. Soladigm is gearing up with their new plant, Pleotint is making deals, and obviously, I have tremendous faith and confidence in the folks at RavenBrick. Add that to the positive forecasts about this industry segment and things look very bright. But now, we as an industry have a new website to try and knock off the top! 

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

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