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March 2014

Cure-All or Cure-None?

Health insurance business

Have you ever done or said something that, even before you do or say it, you know you shouldn’t? But then you do it anyway. Well, that is me today. I am not wading in; I am diving in and I already know I will be sorry but, geez, I just can’t help myself. Here goes: The topic is the new Affordable Care Law. Now before I go further let me say this. Those who know me personally know my politics defy description.  I vote for Republicans and Democrats alike and I am a registered Independent. I would be considered “liberal” on certain issues, “conservative” on others.  My political views… Read More »

BEC Day Two–Future Shock

Mic Patterson of Enclos makes an impassioned point during his presentation yesterday morning at the BEC Conference in Las Vegas.

Change is often the theme of conferences; that’s nothing new. But the amount and complexity of the changes taking place in the contract glazing business, as detailed at the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, which ended just minutes ago, has been staggering. The seminars and private discussions reiterated one fact over and over again: this is not your father’s contract glazing business. Here are the top five trends glazing contractors can expect to affect them in the next five years: 1. Design-Build is out and replaced by Design-Assist. Design-Assist, which I define as the process of helping to develop the glazing system before the job has been awarded, is going… Read More »

Why Am I Doing This Again?

GANA president Jeff Nixon of Glass Coatings and Concepts presents BEC member (and USGlass magazine blogger and columnist) Chuck Knickerbocker of TGP with the BEC "Member of the Year" award.

When I got in my car at 3:45 a.m. yesterday (read: Sunday) morning it was 22 degrees outside and pitch black. As I road along the empty road, I had one of those “why am I doing this again?” moments. You know those moments–you’ve had them, too. They are usually preceded by the internal dialogue that starts “I must be totally crazy, what am I doing and why am I doing this?” Well, by 11 p.m. that night, I knew the answer. That’s because 11 p.m. my time was actually 8 p.m. Las Vegas time and the closing hour of the first day of the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference,… Read More »

The Green Vaccine


I always take it as a quiet honor when readers contact us because they are having a problem sourcing a particular product. And I take it as a quiet victory when we are able to help, which we are able to do more times than not. But there’s one type of call I get, about once every four to six weeks, that always starts with the same sense of frustration, bordering on anger. That’s the call from the purchasing or estimating agent who doesn’t know where to turn.  You can just about hear the sense of defeat coming through the phone. The scenario has minor variations, but in general it… Read More »

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