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June 2011

Odds Are

The recent purchase of Vitro America’s assets by Sun Capital got me to thinking about Mickey Binswanger the other day. He was winding down his career about the time I got into the glass industry. Even at that young age, it was easy to recognize what a powerful force he, his family and his company were in the glass industry. So I figure he would be wondering right about now: What’s going to happen to Binswanger? For now, let me just focus on Binswanger the retailer and save the distribution company ACI for another time. Primarily a nationwide chain of auto and flat glass retail locations, Binswanger has particular strength… Read More »

Postcard from GPD

Thanks to everyone who wrote looking for me this week …. I gave my Monday blog spot to editor Megan Headley to guest blog from Glass Performance Days in Tampere, Finland. In case you missed it here’s Megan’s report on Russ Ebeid’s farewell address.

Guessing Game

Riddle me three: 1.  My posts and our related stories about the deletion of glass from the podium level of One World Trade Center have generated a lot feedback, much of it curious, and all of it on background. Atleast one knowledgeable person with whom I spoke insists that the glass can be made and that, even though we are being told it can’t, that’s not the real reason for the change.  It was also suggested that we look at what type of company, exactly, was to do the work. Was it really to be done by a glass company? Or perhaps the company involved is more comfortable in the… Read More »

Tweet, Tweet, Tweet

We don’t often talk about it, but our parent company, Key Communications Inc. offers quite a number of services and products. The magazines are listed to my right. We also have very popular daily e-news services for both the architectural glass industry (USGNN.com) and the auto glass industry (glassBYTEs.com). … among a variety of other things people might not know about such as market research and studies, focus groups, customized research and a variety of other marketing services. In fact, my own name on Twitter is Keycomm (follow me @Keycomm) and today I tried a social media experiment and tweeted each new thing I did today. Now granted, today was… Read More »

Getting Burned

I know, I know, I usually blog on Mondays. Since this past Monday was a holiday here in the States (which I happily took because an upper respiratory infection had decided to spend the weekend with me), and since we have a rare day this month where we have no regularly scheduled blogger, I am weighing in on three matters, one heavy and two light: 1.  First, the heavy one: I caught up a few weeks ago with a new employee at Vitro America who was very excited to be there having just been recruited from another lucrative, long term position in the glass industry. He’d literally started with the… Read More »

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