Examination and Introspection

In just a few weeks, we will begin celebrating the 50th anniversary of USGlass (full name USGlass, Metal & Glazing) magazine. In magazine years, 50 is, well, a very, very long time and an anniversary that very few publications get to experience. So I feel lucky we begin ours very soon. We’ve been getting ready for this anniversary for more than a year and plan a series of publications and events around it. Maybe you’ve already seen “Throwback Thursdays” on every week in our USGNN.com™ daily e-newsletter (free subscriptions at www.usglassmag.com). Or perhaps you’ve perused the “USGlass at 50” section that is running in the magazine this year. Our August… Read More »

The News Today, Oh Boy

Dynamic water testing often is included as part of the BECx process to ensure the building does not leak. (Photo: Intertek-ATI)

The future is a totally oxymoronic concept. It’s anticipated happily, yet at the same time, it’s dreaded. Parts of it are so certain they seem pre-ordained; other parts are completely unknown. The future is for sure, though exactly what it contains never is. It is feared and beloved at the same time. Well, the July issue of USGlass gives us quite a glimpse into the future. Whether you find what it says exciting or unsettling is up to you. I think it’s a bit of both. You’ll want to read the story by Ellen Rogers called “The X Factor.” The “X” in the headline comes from BECx, the designation letting… Read More »

Favorite Things

It’s one of my favorite things to do at work, and it only comes once a month. And sometimes, a month even has to be skipped. But when it comes, I sure do enjoy it. Am I talking about our monthly “ice cream days” in the summer? Or the picnics on the patio? Oh no, I am talking about something that’s even more fun for me. I totally and thoroughly enjoy our monthly editor’s meeting. Led every 30 days or so by our vice president of editorial Tara Taffera, these meetings bring together the entire editorial staff to discuss the proverbial good, bad and ugly—but ultimately, to learn. We train… Read More »

A Problem for All Time

Saint-Gobain had a problem—and a very big one at that. In fact it’s a problem no primary manufacturer in North America has ever had to face, so there was no precedent and no playbook for how to handle it. And to make matters worse, the problem was time-sensitive and therefore, so was the solution. Yes, the French building products manufacturer had a happy problem to solve. At issue: how to celebrate its 350th anniversary. In October 1665, Louis XIV signed the Letters Patent, creating the Manufacture des Glaces de Miroirs in Paris, 350 years ago this year. Few companies in existence on the globe today come close to Saint-Gobain in… Read More »

Legal? Ethical?

The sad case of the professor from Slippery Rock, Pa., who came in contact with an old door at a sandwich shop in 2013 bears a closer look. The professor, Glen Brunken, tripped and fell through the glass door at Bob’s Sub and Sandwich Shop, suffering severe lacerations and trauma to his neck and head. He died later at a local hospital after succumbing to his injuries, and his wife, Cynthia, has since sued multiple parties for negligence. At first glance, it seems to simply be a case of an old door glazed long before anyone ever heard of 16CFR 1201 (the original CPSC Federal Safety Glazing Regulations), long before… Read More »

Gorillas in the Midst

The wide expanse that was AIA 2015 in Atlanta last week ...

There were new ones and improved ones, and there were variations on a theme. There were enhancements and enrichments, as well as unique colors and new sizes. And, while they were all good, there was only one product at the AIA show that literally stopped me in my tracks. It was in, of all things, the booth of the panel supplier SnapCab. Snapcab displayed its patented system of interlocking panels designed to make any panel job, well, a snap. “The panels (layers) simply stack one on top of the other, and installation can be completed inside of a day, including demolition and installing a new ceiling,” says the company on its website…. Read More »

Counting to Ten

Doug DeRusha presents a seminar at Glass Expo Northeast '15.

I’d always known him as a steady, quiet man of few, but powerful words. Unfailingly polite and professional, I’d never seen him lose his cool—until last Thursday, that is. As I heard his voice rise way above its normal corporate cadence, my head snapped around in response. “What,” I thought, “had this longtime C.R. Laurence employee so upset?” If you attended Glass Expo Northeast ’15 on Long Island last week, you know what had CRL veteran Doug DeRusha so animated. And, as many things are, it was all about money—money left on the table by our industry. “We miss a lot of business opportunities,” DeRusha said during his seminar. Though… Read More »

Lessons Learned

It was to be a very lazy Saturday morning, just a month ago now. At least that’s how I thought it would go. Except that it didn’t. The week ending was a busy one, as it included the Glass Expo West™ show in Irvine, Calif., which had been exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. But it was Saturday now—the show over—and I could sleep in a bit in my big, fluffy, hotel bed. Then the phone rang. At least I thought it might have, because I heard it while in that semi-conscious state that bops back and forth between asleep and awake. I bolted up, even though I had… Read More »

Next Year is Here

Opening day at Nationals Park.

In baseball, it’s always, “Wait ‘til next year.” Well, no more waiting. Next year is here. It started last night, in fact, with a win by the St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs. Which brings me to this week’s blog. It’s short, real short. In fact, this is the whole blog. And that is because I am continuing a tradition of attending the Washington Nationals’ home-opener. I have done so every year (… except for the year I was stuck right outside the stadium because President Obama was throwing out the first pitch. Security would not let anyone into the parking spaces, even though people had bought them online, and… Read More »

Short-Lited

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  There’s a reason they call James O’Callaghan, director, Eckersley O’Callaghan, “the big O” in the glass industry. Well, they really don’t. But you will after I explain why he deserves the title. O’Callaghan’s presentation at the Glass Association of North America’s Building Envelope Contractors Conference was both enlightening and exasperating, and it detailed the inspirational and the insurmountable. In a thought-provoking presentation, O’Callaghan chronicled the growth trajectory of some of the projects he has done for a certain large international company named after a fruit that possesses the largest cash reserves ever. Yeah, that one. O’Callaghan discussed the creation of the first Apple stores and the advancement of technology,… Read More »