From the fabricator: Roaring back! Really?

As many of you know, I have become a very positive person on this blog. I am always trumpeting good news or positive reports, and I have tried to focus on the good instead of the bad. However, this week, I was thrown by something more “positive” than what I would bring. On Friday morning, I heard a news reporter actually say the following: “And signs that the economy are roaring back are more prominent than ever… .” Now that throws me. Economy improving? Yes. Economy stabilizing and showing signs of hope? Sure! (Though these pesky gas prices might beg to differ.) But “roaring” back? No. And no for the world we all play in. We have a lot of optimistic moves going on, but there’s still a ways to go. So, it really makes me wonder: Do you see the economy “roaring back,” and it’s just my old self creeping back? Or was this just a case of an overly hyped newsperson? Hey, I would LOVE for her to be dead-on by the way.


  • Another negative point against the “roaring” economy? The New York Times reported a massive spike in food prices is coming our way. In fact, I think it  is already happening. The last time I went to the supermarket, I was blown away by the new pricing.
  • OK, enough of the negative. Some positive and interesting news: the gang at Viracon are teasing via social media an announcement of some new products. It should be very interesting to see what comes out. Plus, I like the effective use of the medium. The announcement is due sometime this week.
  • Speaking of social media, I have written about the folks I like to follow on Twitter, but I should be asking all of you, who you like to follow. So, please e-mail or comment here on anyone I should be following along with. I’ll be sure to check out and share.
  • Fun offer that was sent to me by one of my clients via one of those online deal websites: with your windshield replacement, you get two $10 coupons for a local spaghetti restaurant. Love that incentive of food for glass. Considering the way the windshield world works, that could be the clincher for some people when choosing one group over the next.
  • A major Mahalo nui loa to a good friend of mine who recently sent me some very high quality chocolate from the great state of Hawaii. He was moved to do it because of my frequent mentions of M&M’s on here. All I can say is for an M&M fiend like me, moving up to the good stuff was like going from ground chuck to Kobe beef.
  • Congrats to Tom Lee and the folks at Lee & Cates Glass for being named NGA’s member of the month for March. I have had a few conversations with Tom, and he has always been an absolute gentleman to me. I’m happy he and his team are getting positive recognition.
  • Last this week, March Madness is upon us! All I can say is O-H-I-O! Very cool that the alma mater of yours truly and AGC’s Rodger Ruff is in the field and ready to go. I can't believe they drew Michigan though... wow, what a tough break. And I now live squarely in enemy territory! Anyway, as for the brackets, I think Kentucky got no breaks with their tough region, but they will still win it all. That team is just too good.

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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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