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July 2019

Heat and Hot Topics

I live in an outer suburb of both Washington, D.C., and Richmond—right in the middle of both—where the temperature reached 100 degree Fahrenheit and it felt like 108 degrees Fahrenheit this weekend. So heat’s been as much on my mind as sweat has been on my body. It has reminded me how nothing turns up the heat like government regulation and legislation. So here are three items the glass and metal industry need to watch that may not have been on your heat index yet: Apprenticeships: A proposal from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would change what are considered “Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs” to allow groups such as educational… Read More »

From Smiles to Stares

It was all smiles and handshakes when Apogee Enterprises purchased the stock of EFCO Corp. from Pella Corp. in June, 2017. But the smiles around the $195 million deal have long since faded and handshakes turned to clenched fists as Pella filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the glass industry giant on Friday. In a two-count breach of contract complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa (Central Division), Pella contends that Apogee has refused to make annual purchase price payments due under the parties’ agreements. The complaint further alleges that Apogee has failed to honor those agreements by not fully removing Pella as an indemnitor for construction… Read More »

Worn on the Fourth of July

Well the Fourth of July celebration has begun to fade into a semi-distant memory. The hamburgers will have been devoured, flags waived and fireworks exploded. But the cause for celebration will remain. I will explain. The glass industry has provided us all with tangible examples of the American Dream fulfilled. It has taught me a lot about what makes the U.S. work and what we can take pride in. Over the years, I have gotten to write about and follow numerous small business owners and entrepreneurs as they grew those businesses in gigantic corporations. I’ve seen the American dream in action. It lives in people like Russ Baumgardner, who loaned… Read More »

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