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Together Again, Alleluia

In the end, the best part was just being back together. It sounds corny, I know, but Glass TEXpo, held last week in San Antonio was a landmark event in many ways. It was the first live event in the glass industry since the pandemic hit. It offered just under 1,000 attendees a chance to visit with more than 100 vendors and choose from 10 power-packed seminars. It also showcases its sponsors, the Texas Glass Association and USGlass magazine. But mostly, it was about just being back together. “I really don’t know what to expect,” said Mark Imbrock, president of EDTM, while he was setting up for the show. “I’m… Read More »

In the Heart of Texas

If this picture of pallets packed and ready to go says anything, it says that the industry’s first event since the COVID pandemic hit is going to happen next week. Glass TEXpo ’21 will be held May 20-21 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The two-day event, which includes education, a 100+ booth trade show, demonstrations and networking, is co-sponsored by USGlass magazine and the Texas Glass Association (TGA). Being the first is a role we take very seriously. USGlass magazine was the first to produce a daily e-newsletter, USGNN.com; and the first to have a web presence years ago, the first to offer personalized market… Read More »

In the Heart of Texas

The crowds were steady both at the seminars, above, adn the Glass TEXpo trade show.

Well, every once in a while you get to have a really special experience that touches you on both the personal and professional level. A visit to San Antonio last week did just that for me. The original reason for my half-week visit was Glass TEXpo™ 2016, the semi-annual regional trade show that is sponsored by USGlass magazine and the Texas Glass Association, but it turned into even more. On Thursday I got to visit the Façade Tectonics symposium being held at the University of Texas Downtown San Antonio location. I was able to participate in two sessions that were eye-opening, and I’ll cover them in weeks ahead. But I will confess… Read More »

The Leadership Thing

It really is the most elusive of qualities. It can’t be taught, yet it isn’t genetic either. So where do the qualities that make a great leader come from? And how do we get them? I’ve been pondering this question a lot in the past few weeks, especially because of an interview I recently saw on the TODAY show. The interview was in advance of this weekend’s opening of a movie about his called “Captain Phillips.” In the interview, the real-life captain of the Maersk-Alabama, who had been kidnapped by Somali pirates, talked about leadership. But the captain, Captain Richard Phillips of New England, did not respond to the question… Read More »

Please Help

Over the course of the past week, I have learned some sadly amazing and horrific stories of loss as a result of the hurricane that walloped the Northeast last week. And my most beloved glass industry, we have got to step up. I have heard tale after tale of people who have lost all as a result of the storm and it’s heart-breaking. Consider this email we received today from Mark Knapp of the BL Group who said: “How can we … help these folks? There are glass shops that have lost everything !!!!!!! There were a about 6-7 glass shops wiped out in storm and maybe more. These are… Read More »

Thing One and Thing Two

The big news this week probably wasn’t all that big in the grand scheme of things, but it opened up old wounds and debates about safety glazing and the law. And it has the potential to change our codes again, so, hey wait a minute, maybe this is one of those little things that is going to balloon into a way bigger one

The Story is Always in the Glass–and Happy New Year too!

You know, sometimes it takes a customer to remind you what you are doing wrong. And if you read this blog regularly you know I will do so when I am and hope that it not too frequently. So it is with humble heart that I bow to Earnest Thompson of Guardian Industries, who reminded me of my own motto–that the story is always in the glass. See our robust editorial staff of eight has been running around trying to ferret out the last stories or come up with those hard-hitting investigative pieces and we missed …. yes, I must say missed …. the biggest stories of the holiday season…. Read More »

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 »

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 »

Happy Holiday!

      Happy Canada Day today to our Canadian Readers!              And The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kan., features what may just be the largest stained glass American flag in the world.                   Happy 4th of July on Monday to our U.S. readers!                     We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday weekend from everyone here at Key Communications!

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