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January 2015

Trendspotting at BAU


A show like BAU just serves to highlight what we already knew: that the Europeans are “lite years” ahead of North America in design, energy efficiency and quality. And the difference is readily apparent. As one colleague said to me, “this show really highlights the differences between American and European building styles. Europeans begin a project thinking, ‘how can we build the highest quality building that does what we want?’ Americans start a project by wondering, ‘how can we build the cheapest building that does what we want?’” I was fortunate to spend two days at BAU2015 in Munich, Germany last week. The biennial six-day (yes, six) show attracts visits from… Read More »

BAU’s a Wow

Today was my first time ever attending the BAU (which means “Build” in German) show, which is being held at the Munich Fairgrounds this week. I’d been told for years, and by a number of people, that “you really should visit BAU.” Well, after just one day here, I understand why. Why? Because while glasstec—held every other year in Dusseldorf—focuses on all types of glass manufacturing and processes, BAU is where you see the glass in action in all sorts of products. And because it also showcases a variety of glass-related products, including steel and facades, BAU is where you get to see everything, from building facades to high-end residential… Read More »

A Race Well-Run

USGlass editor Ellen Rogers gets a victory hug from son Rylan after finishing the Chicago Marathon in October.

I wanted to wait until the holidays were well behind us for this blog. Because I really, really wanted you to pay attention to it, and because the person it’s about is not only a good person—she is good at what she does. Let me explain. Each year, Key Communications, Inc., the parent company of USGlass magazine, presents an award to the employee who has, in the opinion of our management team, excelled beyond all measure. The award is called the Holly X. Biller Award for Extraordinary Company Service, and it’s named after our vice president Holly Biller, who sets the standard for company service. We always present the award… Read More »

Sign of the Times? Not So Much


It sure was a strange sight, but a welcome one… and one that impacts almost every aspect of our lives. But is it a real harbinger of things to come, or one just designed to lull us into complacency? You decide. You see the sign in question here, photographed late afternoon yesterday on Route 3 in Stafford, Va. Not only was the price per gallon below $2—it was substantially below, having fallen from $1.99 a week before. But falling gas prices, I fear, raise more questions than answers. Will the cost to transport glass come down? Will “fuel surcharges” disappear, or at least abate? Will the costs related to glass… Read More »

New Year’s Predictions

Welcome to 2015! It didn’t seem that long ago that we were all hoarding water and paying software consultants to get ready for Y2K. And now, here we are, a very quick 15 years later. It’s hard to predict what the future will bring, but I am going to try. Predictions are based on perspective. What is even more amazing than how fast the last 15 years went is that a full 20 percent of the current U.S. population wasn’t even born by the year 2000—and that there are many parts of the world where that number is much higher. Nearly half (a full 46 percent) of Afghanistan’s population is… Read More »

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