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Monday, June 19, 2017

For an industry newcomer like myself, stepping into the fabrication facility at Vitrum Glass Group, located in Langley, British Columbia, is a little like stepping into a new ecosystem. Or rather, several ecosystems. Some parts of the 130,000-square-foot facility are balmy, others cool. And, like any eco-system, sustainability is the ideal.

The facility is an impressive operation for a company that celebrated its 20th anniversary on June 15, with a festive day that included education sessions, facility tours and an outdoor party. Attendees, many of them first-time visitors to the facility, included members of both the design and glazing communities.

Vitrum kicked off the event with four educational sessions covering current topics in glass and glazing. I attended “Glass Production, Processing and Performance,” presented by Andre Kenstowicz, architectural manager Pacific Northwest, Vitro, vitroglazings.com. Kenstowicz offered a condensed overview of glass manufacturing and fabrication, including a focus on energy performance in the face of consistently increasing energy costs.

The seminars served as good preparation for the facility tours, and indeed many participants were clearly looking forward to seeing fabrication in action. “We want to get a sense of the production process,” says Lindsay Gallo, partner/regional manager, Novus Glass, novusglass.com, a customer of Vitrum. “We want to know how it’s made.”

Industry veteran Mike Trussel, sales representative, Vitrum Industries, vitrum.ca, guided tour participants on a step-by-step journey through the fabrication process, from stock sheets to shipping. Part-way through, the tour jogged across the lot to Vitrum’s younger sister company, Apex Aluminum, an aluminum extrusions facility, now nearly eight years old.

The theme of the tour was automation. In May 2014, Vitrum instituted enterprise resource planning software throughout its fabrication facility. This custom software solution was designed to increase automation, and thus reduce the amount of material damaged by human error.

At Apex, a facility that extrudes about 23 million pounds of aluminum per year, the product is almost never handled by humans. The plant’s automated inventory system also allows the company to keep 3.2 million pounds of extrusion in stock, which significantly reduces lead times on orders, according to Apex representatives.

One byproduct of automation is sustainability. Less lost or damaged product means less waste. Apex also recycles the 15 percent waste that is inherent to the extrusion process, and Vitrum cleans and reuses the 100,000 gallons of water it uses daily in the fabrication process.

Tour participants took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions relevant to their individual specialties. Stephanie Fargas, specifier, Dialog, dialogdesign.ca, was especially reassured by what she learned about Vitrum’s heat-soaking processes. “I’m glad to see Vitrum has it -- it means the glass will break here, and not onsite, where it will be really expensive,” explains Fargas. “I have to know a little about everything, so plant tours and education are helpful.”

After the tours finished, guests and hosts gathered for a party in front of the facility, complete with band, barbecue and a raffle. Thomas Martini, president of Vitrum, thanked his wife and partner, Gemma Martini, CEO, as well as the company’s over 300 full-time employees for their hard work and motivation in making the company a success. Overall, the celebration made it clear that the company is proud of its 20-year history…and is looking ahead to the next 20. 

Norah Dick is assistant editor of Glass Magazine. Contact her at ndick@glass.org. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

The news of the newly integrated GlassBuild America and the Glass Association of North America Fall Conference was released this week and simply said, it’s awesome. Yes, for folks that aren’t big fans of change, it is different. BUT, it is a good different in being a smart and streamlined event that makes the most of everyone’s very valuable time. The incredible volunteers and their committees will still have the time they need to do the work for the industry and also be involved in the show. But more importantly, this is YOUR chance to get involved and have your voice heard. If you are coming to GlassBuild and you are involved in the fabrication side of the business, you owe it to yourself and business to attend the technical sessions so you can stay abreast of what is happening in our world and have an impact.

I talked with a fabricator from the Northwest that normally would not attend the Fall Conference. Because it's combined and integrated into GlassBuild, that company will attend and finally see and hear what is happening all around them and their business. Good things are happening in our industry and the GlassBuild-Fall Conference combo is certainly one of them.

Elsewhere…

  • Three updates from past stories and trends…
    • The Glass Connections event in Canada I spoke of previously was a big success. My good friend, the extremely talented Rich Porayko, wrote an in-depth recap. Check it out.
    • The trend of jumbo sizes continues. We’ve seen the news via Viracon, and Vitro and now a jumbo coater is coming to my home state courtesy of Guardian. The folks there announced that their Carleton, Michigan location would be the home for the oversized machinery. I have been lucky enough to tour that facility and its adjacent Science & Technology Building and I hopefully will get an invite once the new coater is up. Will be fun to see!
    • Railings. I have talked about some of the great companies in that world, their folks, and also noting the code pieces as well. This week, news of a formidable combo was released with Q-railing and Bohle America partnering up on distribution in the United States. This will surely push that segment even more with the reach and product offerings both companies possess.
  • Wrapping up this week, the monthly Glass Magazine review: the Top 50 Glazier edition. First and foremost, major kudos to Cory Thacker and team for a jaw dropping design. Very sharp and classy.
  • The issue itself is jam packed with detail and info on the glazing side. So much intelligence to take in, including interesting looks at some of the companies on the list, the markets, and solutions for the community. I also loved Katy Devlin’s look back to 1992. Neat! Overall, this issue was really well done and a must read.
  • The ad of the month plays into a theme I mentioned above: railings. C.R. Laurence gets the nod this month with its railing-focused ad. Normally I don’t like a ton of text, but this ad made it work and the images on the page stood out so much that made it a winner for me. Kudos to Andrew Haring and his team on a job well done!

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

 

Hi, David Vermeulen here with TGP. I’ll be taking over the Fired Up blog for Jeff Razwick, and am looking forward to discussing our industry with you in the coming months. Thanks for lending me valuable minutes out of your day.

There’s been a lot of talk about how the manufacturing and labor skills gap is affecting the glass industry, and rightly so.

Research shows there could be as many as 2 million unfilled manufacturing jobs by 2025 due to retirement and a lagging job replacement rate. While optimists like Elon Musk believe the rise of automation and robots will eventually make it easier to replace these manufacturing jobs (I’ll leave the debate on how our economy would be required to function for another day), we still have an immediate work deficit to contend with. There’s also a decline in skilled trade workers like glaziers. These specialized jobs are a craft. Their finely tuned workmanship isn’t easy to replace or replicate, but is vital to our industry.

When you pair these two workforce issues together, it doesn’t take much to see why many glass and glazing companies are re-evaluating approaches to business profitability, production cycle times and customer satisfaction.

Interestingly, among all this talk, there hasn’t been much discussion about how similar challenges in the A&D communities are impacting the glass industry. These professionals make up one of our biggest customer segments. Identifying how we can adjust our processes to best work with them as they navigate challenges in their workforce is a great way to grow and build our relationships with these key players.

A recent article in Glass Magazine pointed out a few of the noteworthy challenges these firms are facing that we should be aware of:

  1. An experienced generation retires and a new group arrives with different workplace expectations (don’t go pointing fingers, Simon Sinek said it first);
  2. The workforce transition is leading to competing priorities in project management, design and business;
  3. The industry has a larger than normal group of inexperienced project managers; and
  4. Fewer projects are coming in on or under budget.

These transitional workforce challenges create an immediate opportunity for us to step in and show our value.

For example, projects will likely have a lot more schedule variability in this transitioning workforce, particularly during the design and installation phases. While we can’t control deadlines, we can give design teams insight that will help them plan better. Will the installation need custom onsite work? Is there any needed product testing? Are there code compliance issues that the firm needs to be aware of and address that are within your company’s field of expertise? The more we can do to prevent surprises and the resulting project delays, the more likely we will deliver the expected results and find firms becoming repeat customers.

Budgets are a challenging and complex issue, but here, too, I think we can really show our value. Glass is featured prominently in many buildings and accounts for a growing amount of the project budget, particularly if the installation is complex or requires specialized glazing products. One of the first things we have to get right is not cutting corners and using a product that doesn’t fully meet the firm’s project goals to save on costs. That said, there are many ways to give the design team what they want and leverage our expertise to help them stay within budget.

While collaboration and budget support are just a few of the ways we can step in and help design teams in the face of their labor challenges, they represent opportunities for growth. Of course, developing good relationships with the architecture and engineering communities takes a lot more time and effort than simply understanding the ins and outs of their workforce. But, the better we understand them, the better we can position ourselves to be an asset to them.

David Vermeulen is the national sales manager for Technical Glass Products, a supplier of fire-rated glass and framing systems, and other specialty architectural glazing. TGP works closely with architects, designers and other building professionals, providing them with the state-of-the-art products, service and support to maximize design aesthetics and safety in commercial and institutional buildings around the world. Contact him at 800/426-0279.

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Starting this week out on a somber note, with condolences to the Mammen family and everyone at M3 Glass Technologies on the passing of John Mammen. The industry was made better because of people like John. My good friend Scott Surma really summed it up perfectly in a note to me by saying: “Class act, wonderfully sincere, good man.” There is no doubt about that. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chris Mammen and the rest of the folks who have a huge hole in their life now that John has passed.  

Elsewhere…

  • Those who have heard me speak know I am very bullish on office interior space. This week the Twitter feed of Kawneer linked to a very good piece on the 2017 trends for office interiors that’s worth the read. Daylight continues to be something people want and glass is surely the best vehicle to make that happen.
  • And speaking of something people want in an office space, wellness and comfort are big keys. This article takes a deep dive into it.
  • On the flip side of the office-related article, the first semi-negative article on the new Apple HQ hit the wires this week. And while it’s not negative about the beauty and amazing products inside, it does take issue with the location and expanse. Quite frankly, it’s an interesting and rare take on a structure and location that has been universally praised. 
  • The 2017 AIA and Committee on the Environment Top 10 building awards were recently announced and I always love to see what makes the cut. Some amazing structures and truly important moves for our world with the way the buildings are built. Congrats to the gang at Guardian that supplied glass to three of the top 10. Well done! Now this is the sort of effort that I like from AIA.
  • I have been meaning to note that registration for GlassBuild America is now open, so you might as well get registered and go grab that hotel room while you are at it. I am obviously biased, but I expect a tremendous show and if you truly want to grow yourself, your business, and have a voice in the industry, you need to be there! 
  • Last this week, do you ever wonder what concerns architects and designers when things are really busy out there? Based on the run of Architectural Billings Indexes, things are good, but a recent webinar gave the rundown on what keeps that world up at night. They are:
    • Political wrangling on administration proposals
    • Low oil prices stall energy projects
    • Uncertain global economic and political situation
    • Competition still intense despite everyone being busy
    • Workforce shortages growing
    • Uncertainty on infrastructure funding proposals

Interesting list. The competition one was fascinating to me as in the glass and glazing industry no one ever lets up. Busy or not, it’s always intense. The workforce shortage one also caught my eye because so many qualified people lost jobs during the recession and I think many landed in places like curtain wall manufacturers and are happy there and not willing to go back to a traditional design firm. 

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.

Monday, June 5, 2017

In 2017, it’s possible to get more done in less time. A good thing, right? Constant technological advances make our lives easier; don’t they? I believe they can, but as with most things, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Modern advances can also create an insatiable appetite for work. Higher productivity has mostly translated to a requirement of more output on an individual basis. This is a potential problem.

I am sure most of us are guilty of checking email on weekends, giving out our personal numbers, and staying at the office late in the evening. Many fabricators operate on a 24/7/365 schedule. As a machinery supplier, to provide them the best service, we must be available to them, regardless of the day or time.

But, let’s think about something for a minute. The current 40-hour work week was created during the Industrial Revolution, a time when factories were looking for any man, woman, even child to fill labor-intensive jobs. How far have we come since then? In our world, glass processing machines continue to run with fewer operators, faster speeds and lower cost, while still increasing outputs. Why is it necessary to keep a schedule devised at a time requiring massive labor inputs?

One problem: this industry is highly specialized. There are typically only one or two people capable of doing a certain job, and this puts constraints on the entire organization. Your operation can stay open 24/7, but does a single production manager need to be there six days a week? Training is key.

Stress kills; overworked people perform poorly. To avoid the pitfalls, we must adapt and change with the times, particularly in light of finding quality employees. Turnover is high and competition is drawing workers to progressive companies in other industries. More so than generations before, Millennials want more out of life than spending it in an office or production facility.

All of this leads me to think about what is most important in life, something I’ve considered many times before. John de Gorter showed me first-hand the need for hard work and what it will bring you. But, more importantly, he believed family and relationships are worth more than anything hard work could ever bring. We continue to honor this principle in our business today and I believe this attracts people to want to work with us.

Embrace technology and its ability to make us more productive, but remain aware that nothing comes without a price. People are the backbone of success; treat them well.

Pete deGorter is vice president of DeGorter Inc. Contact him at pete@degorter.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.

Monday, June 5, 2017

 

I know I have talked at length about the AIA show over the last few weeks, but one more item came up and I honestly could not resist sharing it here and commenting. On the front of the AIA Expo 2018 website there was a statistic that simply blew me away.

“90% of attendees say the Architecture Expo is one of their top 5 best conference experiences.”  

Inside the link, it clarified the statement more in case you thought they were comparing AIA vs. another show.

“90% of attendees say one of their top 5 best experiences at the event is visiting with exhibitors.”

Now, let’s think about this one for a minute. 90 percent of attendees said the expo part of the AIA show is one of their top FIVE experiences while there. So, the question is how was the survey laid out? Only five choices? And how many other experiences at an event like this are there? Education, tours, networking are three for sure. This isn’t Disney where there’s 100 things all going on at once. The centerpiece of the conference is the actual show, so you would think that this would be important. And it also makes you think about the 10 percent who DID NOT find this to be “top 5.” I would love to see what items that group picked.

In any case, I found the stat to be flat out bizarre. And while I know some exhibitors had a good show in 2017, the majority did not. But, fear not, those who had a negative time in Orlando: the attendees, 90 percent of them, consider you a “top 5 experience.”

Elsewhere…

  • Staying on the topic of shows, the past two weeks saw major international shows that are growing with North American companies being involved, in particular, the FIT show in the United Kingdom and the China Glass Expo held in Beijing. From the reports I got, both were well attended and positive with regards to the overall industry economy and with regards to the North American market. It was exciting to hear from Gerhard Reichert whose company launched their WorldSpacer at both events with great success. I love hearing about new products and the push behind them and doing back-to-back shows in the UK and China is no easy feat. Nice work Gerhard and team!
  • The NACC has a pretty cool webinar coming up at the end of the month. It is Project Installation from All Points of View, featuring a glazing contractor, consultant, and quality manager as they take a technical look at all that goes into installing on a project. The webinar is scheduled for June 28. For more information, you can visit naccprogram.com
  • Last this week, I want to congratulate all of the folks out there that have children and family members graduating high school or college right now. Very exciting times, and I wish only best for our latest batch of youngsters hitting the next steps of the world. Normally I rarely say anything on my wife or kids, so please roll with me as today I am going all in, as my daughter Natalie is graduating from high school this week. We are truly blessed to have her, and I am so excited as she wraps up one story and gets ready to start another one this fall at a college in South Carolina. Aside from being an awesome kid, Natalie also has a very major spot in my glass industry-writing career. My very first trade magazine article for the industry (a few years before I started this blog) focused on how companies name their products (long live “Jade Ice”), and I used the process my wife and I had in coming up with Natalie’s name as a part of the piece. So you could say Natalie was an integral part of me writing and taking on this role. Almost 18 years later, I’m still going. Anyway, I love you Natalie and I know you will do incredible things in your life!

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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This week I have another run of quick hits for you from forecasts, to great resources, to personnel stuff and more. Time to get caught up on this great variety of information. 

  • First up, the monthly Architectural Billings Index was released and it stayed in the positive yet again. Though it was a lower score than last month (50.9 down from 54.3), the new project index and new design contract totals both went up. Quite frankly, this overall index is looking rather positive right now and even the guy who tracks for the AIA is pretty excited. Look at his quote:

“Probably even better news for the construction outlook is that new project work coming into architecture firms has seen exceptionally strong growth so far this year,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “In fact, new project activity has pushed up project backlogs at architecture firms to their highest level since the design market began its recovery earlier this decade.”

So, the trend continues to be our friend.

  • On a similar note, do you know what also says things are going well at the architect level? When the biggest firm in the world shows that they’ve added 1,000 architects in the last two years. A thousand! This link covers that and also introduces you to the rest of the top 20 firms. 
  • I was reminded during the TGA event a few weeks ago of an excellent resource that is always being updated: The World of Glass Map. This is a superb insight. Check it out and bookmark it. 
  • It was great to see the name of an old friend and tremendous man in the news this past week with HHH naming Terry Hessom vice president of operations. Terry is one of the greatest people I know and also an extremely talented person. I can remember back when we worked together (eons ago) and he was working nights and I was in inside sales. Now he’s a big-time VP and I’m a blogger…. Haha. Anyway, congrats to Terry and HHH!!
  • Fun link for those of us who pay attention to buildings and the adventures that sometimes happen. The top 25 Architectural Fails, and yes, my old time pals, the John Hancock building DID make the list at #21. 
  • One building that will probably never make a fail list but will be talked about forever is the new Apple Campus. I have read and watched a ton on it over the last few years and even was quoted in a story in the Times of Israel about the construction in 2015. But now it’s ready to go, and this article is probably the best one I have read taking a deep look at all there. 
  • I mentioned Burhans Glass a few weeks ago for their work on Instagram… so this time I need to mention Glass Magazine… if you are on Instagram and want to see amazing projects in all of their glory, please follow them at “glassmagazinenga.”
  • Last this week, we are in a stretch now with Memorial Day, Canada Day and Independence Day and I hope that everyone reading this does take the time to maybe step away from the daily grind and take a moment of reflection for all that was accomplished in our world. We don’t get to this moment in time without the efforts and sacrifices of the men and women that made it happen. Let’s honor them, not only now, but always.

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.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Every day, Glass Magazine editors receive announcements of new hires, company expansions, product introductions and recent project completions. The glass industry is developing and growing, and we love hearing about and sharing its advancements. We want to make sure we're hearing from you.

To that end, we have made it even easier to promote your company's growth and innovation through easy-to-access online submission forms.

Please consider sharing your news and great ideas with us. Read on for details of the content types we regularly publish in print or online. And click through to submit your information. And, if you have an idea for content, or any comments about the content we publish, please feel free to reach out directly.  

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Bethany Stough is managing editor for Glass Magazine, GlassMagazine.com and e-glass weekly. Write her at bstough@glass.org.

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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

I’m just back from the Texas Glass Association conference I mentioned last week, and it was truly a memorable one for me. I really enjoyed the opportunity, and I think for a first-time event it was an absolute hit. I was so excited to run into people I had not seen in years. Kelly Townsend of Trulite is an old friend and seeing him looking healthy and strong was a day maker for me. Visiting with former co-worker Jack Wickstrom, now of Tristar, was fun as well. Meeting new people also charged me up. One example was Craig Garner of Hartung: good and interesting guy. Another was Dustin Anderson of Anderson Glass. This guy is unreal, a breath of fresh air to our industry and the way we do things. I plan on doing more with Dustin as time goes on. Plus, he’s got a pretty cool video series that can only help raise our profile (see my Video of the Week for one of them).

The key of the conference was learning. Greg Oehlers of Tristar did not disappoint, with a truly entertaining and informative session that included his prediction that 4th surface low-Es and Argon will be growing and be more crucial products on the commercial side in the coming years. That was surely something that caught my attention. Also, his talk on inconsistent code officials is something I may have to revisit in the future. Meanwhile, seeing younger sharp presenters like Yuwadee Senamontree of Guardian and David Linhart of Vitro gave me some serious hope about the future of our industry. We need that youth, intelligence and energy! And it goes without saying the presentation that Nicole Harris provided on “Building a New Glass Industry” was strong and important. There is so much happening from the industry level and getting more insight and communication amongst all parties is something that will have to continue to grow for us to be our best. Bottom line is: conferences like these are extremely helpful in educating and building a better world for us. It was an honor to be involved in the process.

Elsewhere…

  • Every month I review Glass Magazine and I note various stories and details that I believe stand out. The May issue, like its predecessors, is loaded, but features one article that you have to read if you are in the position of trying to recruit for your workforce. Bethany Stough did a fabulous job pulling together real-life examples and giving very crucial tips in trying to help you build your workforce in the article Creative Recruitment. It is the most serious challenge our industry faces: getting people to work with us. This article really is a resource that every executive and HR person needs to see. 
  • The May issue also featured an excellent cover story on collaboration and all that goes into it, as well as very good quick pieces on codes, tough customers, sales techniques and more. I am constantly amazed at what Katy Devlin and her team do every month, and they keep topping my expectations! The work they do brings great value to the reader and the industry and deserves all the attention we can give it.
  • In the same issue, for my “ad of the month,” tt’s Viracon with the “Bigger View” piece. The graphic they placed caught my eye: good use of wording and font size. And it was also the minimal amount of text that allowed the reader to enjoy the ad and take in the message. I have no clue who to specifically give kudos to at Viracon, so hopefully one of the folks there will pass on the credit. Nice work! 
  • Last this week, I mentioned two weeks ago about new greenfields coming to our industry and one of the many I am following was announced. Aldora is opening in Atlanta. Given the major consolidation that market has seen over the years, the move looks to be a good one and moving into a building that once housed a very respected fabricator is surely not a bad play.

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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Glass installations continue to impress. From complex curtain wall to jumbo lites to decorative facades, finished architectural glass projects garner attention and catch the eye. However, the finished installed product tells only one story of industry success. Missing is the process—the collaborative design, the complex fabrication and the impressive installation. Glass Magazine will highlight these behind-the-scenes accomplishments in the September issue, with its Glass Magazine Awards and Reader Photo Contest.

Two new categories of the Glass Magazine Awards spotlight the process achievements of glass and glazing companies. In the Most Impressive Feats of Fabrication category, glass fabricators are invited to tell the design and fabrication story of a particularly challenging and innovative project. The Most Impressive Feats of Installation category welcomes glazing contractors to do the same regarding a recent challenging installation job.

Meanwhile, the Reader Photo Contest invites companies in any industry segment to submit photographs that highlight the achievements and advancements seen across all segments of the glass industry, from the factory floor to the jobsite. The contest is intended to celebrate what’s possible with glass and glazing; to recognize the complexity and aesthetic value of industry products and processes; and to provide a glimpse into the everyday experiences of workers in the glass and glazing community. A panel of judges—including Glass Magazine editors—will select finalists, and readers will be able to vote on winners on GlassMagazine.com.

The deadline for nominations for the Glass Magazine Awards and for the Reader Photo Contest is June 5, 2017. View all categories for the Glass Magazine Awards here.

Katy Devlin is editor in chief of Glass Magazine. Contact her at kdevlin@glass.org. 

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