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More Trends from Glasstec

Glasstec has always been an awesome show from a product standpoint. In the last few years, and under the direction of Birgit Horn, the event has grown to include even more new technologies and their applications. It also now involves some of the best glazing-related academics in the world. In addition to seeing the latest in new products, the show makes it easy to glimpse the future, as well. So, against that backdrop, here are some of the up and coming trends I saw to watch for in the future. More than an ounce of prevention: New technology is focused on very specific problems that commonly occur in glass. There… Read More »

The End of an Anno Domini

Okay, okay, we’ve been talking about it for the past few weeks so I’ll just come out and say it. Here are my picks for the top five glass industry stories of the year. Now when I say “top five” I don’t mean in terms of popularity or shock value. These five are my picks for the stories that will have the most impact and effect on the industry. Here they are in order: ASHRAE’s withdrawal of its addendum to 90.1 that would have reduced the amount of glazing allowable in buildings.  (See the story here). That addendum had the potential to do more damage to the glass industry than any… 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 »

Games and Game-Changers

I am writing this on a Sunday night on the road as I flip channels between the Giants-49ers game and “Undercover Boss,” which is featuring Dina Dwyer Owens, the president of Glass Doctor’s parent company, Dwyer Group. Dina was kind enough to give USGNN.com an interview about the show on Friday and I was anxious to see it. So far, the Giants are leading 10-7 and Dina is visiting a Mr. Rooter franchisee in Roswell, Ga. An employee is voicing an opinion that “something shady is going on” because he has had pretty tiny paychecks the last eight weeks – one week he ended up owing $21. Do not worry,… Read More »

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 »

A Pressing Problem

It was the New York Post calling and they wanted us to lend them a picture, but who did they want? Arthur Berkowitz. My mind was racing. What had the president of J.E. Berkowitz  (JEB) done that New York’s most famous tabloid wanted to cover? Had Rupert Murdoch’s machine been tapping his phone? Or had he written the ultimate letter to the editor? No, I decided, the Post had gotten smart. It had decided to cover JEB’s efforts in the green building. Why the Renovate  product that Berkowitz developed has garnered tons of accolades; it has even won a USGlass magazine Green Award last year. Its solar rooftop showed a… Read More »

Tweet, Tweet, Tweet

We don’t often talk about it, but our parent company, Key Communications Inc. offers quite a number of services and products. The magazines are listed to my right. We also have very popular daily e-news services for both the architectural glass industry (USGNN.com) and the auto glass industry (glassBYTEs.com). … among a variety of other things people might not know about such as market research and studies, focus groups, customized research and a variety of other marketing services. In fact, my own name on Twitter is Keycomm (follow me @Keycomm) and today I tried a social media experiment and tweeted each new thing I did today. Now granted, today was… Read More »

The Solar Situation

Back in the late 1970s technology became available that would allow you to record programs from your television to watch at a later date. Multiple technologies, including VHS, Beta and a few other lesser ones were developed. Moviemakers recognized immediately what a good new revenue stream this could be for them, but did not want to bet the farm on any one of the technologies as it would be costly for them to make an investment before they knew which type of technology would become dominant. They urged the makers of the recording equipment to develop one technology and one standard. That never happened.  That the lesser ones disappeared quickly… Read More »

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