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November 2011

Passing the Smell Test

Well in the “hell as frozen over” category comes a bulletin I received Friday from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) announcing that organization’s intention to submit certain NFRC rating procedures to become recognized as ANSI Standards. The release invites interested parties to join a standing committee designated as the ANSI Standards Committee to oversee the review process. Now this, in my humble opinion, is going to be very, very interesting. The ANSI process is designed to ensure fairness and openness in the development of standards. In fact, many organizations in the glass industry create committees under ANSI’s essential requirements and those committees develop standards, procedures, etc. Throughout the entire… Read More »

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the United States and I wanted to take a moment to share  some of the things for which I am thankful: For God. Not much I can say here that won’t sound woefully inadequate on my part; For my family, especially my Mom who has had a very tough year and is the strongest and most tenacious person I know; For my office family. You know them too. They are wonderful people and it’s an honor to work with them and to watch them grow professionally and personally. They help me grow every day; For our customers. We appreciate you so. Our goal is to… Read More »

Throw-away Industry?

“Look at all those cranes out there. Are you seeing activity like this anywhere else?” The question came toward me from the delightful Margaret Webb, the executive director of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance , who was kind enough to share a welcome cup of coffee with me last Wednesday afternoon at the Win-Door show. The subject of her query was Toronto, the city hosting the show, and Marg was right. There seemed to be building going on everywhere. Big, tall buildings. “When was the last time you saw that many large cranes?” she asked. “Fairfax County, Virginia in the late ’90s” was the answer that immediately came to my… Read More »

Super-Sized Heroes and Super-Sized Mistakes

Oops. I just had to say it because it is the word of the week. But I forgot why. All kidding aside, the most memorable part of Rick Perry’s “senior moment” was not that it happened. Heck, it can happen to anyone at any age—especially under bright lights with a minor thing like the presidency at stake—but the surprising thing is how institutionalized the recovery from such a moment has become. Make a potentially campaign-ending gaffe? Get on all those early morning talk shows, be humble and contrite and let people know you are well aware you “stepped in it.” Be sure to deflect attention away from the actual comment… Read More »

Road — and Glass — Warriors

It seems like just minutes ago that the kids were heading back to school, the baseball play-offs were weeks away and Kim Kardashian was getting ready for a life of wedded bliss. What a difference two months makes. The past quartet of fortnights have flown by for our staff as well. That’s because they constitute an annual phenomena known as “trade show season.” We’ve been everywhere, man: Atlanta, Memphis, Toronto, Nashville, Milan, Seattle and Las Vegas, all since September 10. The Win-door show  in Toronto next week closes out trade show season 2011. While each show had its own distinct style and, in many cases, served different audiences, there were… Read More »

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