From the Fabricator: Remembering Frank and Jack

The glass and glazing industry lost two amazing people last week with the passing of Frank Dlubak and Jack Hoisington. Both men made significant impacts in the markets they played in and will be missed greatly.

Frank Dlubak was a remarkable inventor and founder of Dlubak Corp. Some, including myself, thought of Frank as a mad scientist (in a good way!). He was always coming up with a new product or machine that could change the way the market worked. My first visit with Frank was many years ago and he showed off a new addition to one of his tempering ovens. It was all handmade, all invented and developed solely by Frank. It was jawdropping, and I was speechless. But pretty much you felt that awe after every conversation with Frank because he had this amazing energy about him. 

Jack Hoisington was a Michigan glass and glazing leader for many years, as the owner of Madison Heights Glass. He was also probably one of the overall nicest people this industry has ever seen. He was extremely friendly and positive as well as hard working and ethical. He was a guy that the glass and glazing industry can point to as an excellent example of class.

Frank and Jack were guys who always left a positive impression on you because they allowed you to have a conversation and you learned after every interaction with them. The passing of these two incredible men leaves a massive hole in our world and hearts. My sincerest condolences to family and friends of Frank and Jack.

Elsewhere…

  • Glass Magazine review: The November issue of Glass Magazine is dedicated to the Top Metal companies in the industry, so several pages are focused on that area including some interesting insight on the challenges that some of these companies faced in 2017. Plus, I loved the coverage my pal Tom O’Malley (Clover Architectural Products) got with a full-page shot of the Cummins Building in Indianapolis. I know Tom has always been extremely proud of his company’s contribution to that structure, so it was great to see it recognized. Obviously, I advise reading this (and every issue) cover to cover, but I want to also point out that there’s some interesting content on the Buy America Act, codes on glass wall systems, and an excellent piece by Carl Tompkins of Sika about doing things differently

  • The ad of the month goes to the gang from TGP. The layout of the ad caught my eye with a bold, smart headline and then just enough text to carry the message all the way home. Tremendous work and props to the team at TGP on a job well done! 

  • Last week I asked about the building used on the TV show “The Good Doctor,” and thank you to all who replied with the info. (One was my friend, the great Steve O’Hollaren of National Glass. Very cool to communicate with “SteveO” again.) So, what we know now: This is a real building and it is in Surrey, British Columbia. I’d love to know who fabricated and installed the glass. Tons of tremendous companies in that part of the world, so I am not even going to guess. 

  • Last this week, a story to follow and one that has a lot of moving parts and pieces but does have a glass-related connection. In Philadelphia, there’s a move to get rid of the bullet-resistant glass structures at convenience stores. I have been used to that set up my entire life (there was a Kentucky Fried Chicken we used to go to that was the first I can remember), so I’m very curious to see how this proceeds.

Read on for links and video of the week…

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 MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

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