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December 2019

Five for Nineteen

The new year is around the corner and with the year’s end comes a look back at it. 2019 was a mixed bag, notable because its news did not include the major bombshells (think CRL to CRH) of the past few years but memorable because its news has major implications for years to come. So here’s my top five stories of the year, not necessarily the most widely read, but the ones I think will prove the most significant over time. The Sale of Erie Architectural Products to YKK AP North America—This sale gives YKK a strong presence in the unitized arena and adds to its expertise—a very strategic move… Read More »

Future Forward

A couple of thoughts for a cold winter’s day here in the East (colder still in the Midwest I know): 1. The News Today, Oh Boy: The news this morning that the Erie Architectural Products Group had been acquired was stunning—not so much for that fact, as for who the buyer was. Erie has long been known as a well-run, forward thinking company and rumors of suitors have been in abundance for months. It would have been an excellent strategic fit for a number of companies focused on the future. The fact that YKK AP America made it its first acquisition here in the States is significant was well. YKK… Read More »

Deserving of Note

Glass Expo West ‘19 is just around the corner and for me that means heading west this week. But before the big trip, I wanted to share a few items of interest that have come up in the past few weeks. (And, if you are in the San Diego area, here’s a free pass to the event.) Each reflects subtle changes with implications for our industry: AIA has updated a number of key construction documents including a new one that specifically addresses construction managers as advisors (CMa’s) and constructors (CMc’s). The AIA document also incorporates changes made in 2017 to the A201 General Conditions. What’s especially interesting to me is… Read More »

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