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March 2011

Contract Glaziers Viva in Las Vegas

MARCH 30–When you walk down the hall at the Paris Hotel and see three guys practically dismantling a huge Vegas mirror from the wall, or sit down at a breakfast table where the hot topic is embeds, you know you are at the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference. With all due respect to the companies that start with sand and end with glass, or those who take it and fabricate it in a myriad of ways, the guys at the BEC Conference make the glass and metal world go round. They scale tall buildings and crawl into tiny spaces. They are the work engines of this industry and are engaged… Read More »

Singing the LOGICal Song

MONDAY, MARCH 28 — There is so much going on in Vegas that it’s hard to keep track of it all. Here’s a very rough breakdown: Wednesday-Thursday IGMA Friday-Sunday Glass Week Sunday-LOGIC Sunday-Tuesday BEC Tuesday-Thursday NFRC If the acronyms don’t drive you crazy, the schedule will but, as always, it’s full of substance. A few thoughts thus far: –It’s always impressive to see how hard the GANA committees work. The committee members toil over everything from informational bulletins to surveys. The hard work shows in what they produce. –There’s a lot of buzz about the new LOGIC event for leaders in the glass industry held yesterday (more below). There’s an… Read More »

Well, Shame on Me

To Our Readers: On Friday, I wrote a blog called “Have You No Shame?” Well, this one should be called “Shame on Me.” I am writing to you to apologize for it. Shame on me for bringing up the topic in the first place. Shame on me for writing a story in such a way that it was construed by Steve Howes as being disparaging. That was not my intention. And I was wrong. Shame on me for, as Steve says, a “holier than thou” attitude about our conflicts screen. The lawsuit being discussed, between Edgetech and Glasslam, mentions USGlass magazine. When I wrote my blog in response, I was… Read More »

Looking Back at Glass Expo Northeast

Glass Expo Northeast 2011 (GENE) just hit the history books and with it, a number of great memories for me. Among them was a most excellent education program. It included the most relevant BIM program I have ever seen, presented by Joel Kaskela, vice president of operations for LTS Drafting and Engineering Company in Centennial, CO. Unlike the many BIM “experts” out there, Joe has actually completed a number of projects using BIM. He was able to detail the ups and downs, cost savings, additional expenses as well as the new vocabulary used … Likewise, a detailed mirror installation program by Long Island’s own mirror master, Michael O’Sullivan of Hampton… Read More »

The King’s Love of Glass

I was in Memphis a few weeks ago getting ready for Auto Glass Week this fall. Upon our arrival, my colleagues Tina Czar, Holly Biller and I found ourselves with two unscheduled hours of time, mainly because we had one of those rare trips where nothing went wrong or got delayed. “Let’s go to Graceland,” I said, unable to stop myself. “That way we will be able to answer questions when people who are coming to Auto Glass Week want to know what it was like.” Our VP Holly Biller is very gifted musically. She has even produced a series of her own CDs, but I am not sure Holly… Read More »

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