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Where in the World?

Where else can you go and hear people talk about perimeter sheets, honor five industry legends, watch an association president get his hair shaved off, listen to a beautiful serenade, and leave while getting pelted with a bunch of used socks? Nowhere, except the Colorado Glazing Contractors Association’s (CGCA) 30th-anniversary dinner and Industry Legends awards ceremony. The dinner was held as a kick-off to Glass Expo Rocky Mountain™ ’23 last week and honored its “Industry Legends”—Carle Abernathy, Les Law, Rick Ryan, Lou Sigman and Joel Watson—with accolades and awards. A different delivery person presented each award, all of whom bore an uncanny resemblance to CGCA executive director Rebecca Graves. (You… Read More »

D-Day

Were my dad still alive, yesterday would have been his 90th birthday. Though he passed away 13 years ago the day before his birthday, his lessons still teach me things every day. His favorite saying was “just do your best,” though he’d always followed it with a caveat. “If you are sure — really sure — you have done your best, then you should be satisfied,” he’d say. “Because you could not have done any better.” So, you can see why I often focus on that question. Did I do the best I could? If so, I should be at peace. And if not, I need to fix that for… Read More »

An Alternative Point of View

Most things don’t need to be seen to be believed, but seeing often provides a new or different viewpoint. Take, for example, this look at the top U.S. glazing contractors over the past ten years, as visualized by the  research department at the parent company of USGlass magazine,  Key Media & Research. I found not only the change in individual companies interesting, but the change in market size itself. See what you think.  

April Powers

It’s hard to believe we’re in the month of May already—the first third of the year has passed with lightning speed. April 2022 was one of the busiest and most memorable months our industry has seen in a long time. Consider all that’s happened in the past four weeks. The month began with the return of Glass Expo Northeast, April 6-7, on Long Island. I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt to see so many longtime friends and to welcome some new ones. It just felt “normal” to feel “normal” again. Here’s a look at each day of Glass Expo Northeast: here and here. Also taking place simultaneously was… Read More »

A Bright Spot

One of things I’ve enjoyed most about this past year has been getting to host a podcast about leadership in the glass industry. This innovative series has leaders in our industry talking about just that–leadership and the challenges they face, as well as the lessons they have learned over the years. This month’s podcast features Oliver Stepe, president of YKK AP America Inc. who talks, among other things, about being a kid who grew up on Long Island running a company based in Japan with its main plant in rural Georgia. It’s a neat conversation. The response to series has been great and, thanks to the sponsorship of Western Windows… Read More »

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 »

For Glazing Contractors

A few items of note and importance for contract glaziers have made their way across my desk these last few weeks. None of them are really big enough to be a subject of their own blog, but they are items you may wish to know about nonetheless. So consider today’s offer a bundle of blog-itos to snack on. Here goes: A New Type of Insurance: Hidden amid all the COVID coverage in February was the announcement by Travelers Insurance that it was debuting a new type of policy designed to cover general contractor’s project losses. Though there are high deductibles and co-insurance, it’s designed to protect contractors from unforeseen field… Read More »

GlassCast

The “GlassCast” in question is a new podcast that we at USGlass magazine are excited to debut. I have always learned a ton of immediate and life lessons from the people I have gotten to interview over the years and GlassCast is designed to share some of those lessons on leadership and growth in our industry. I was thrilled that Anders Dahlblom, president and CEO of Glaston Corp., consented to be my first guest. He has got a tremendous worldview, which I am sure you will enjoy hearing here. And thanks as well to Western Window Systems for sponsoring this podcast.

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 »

Carving It Up

By the title, you might think I am going to talk about Thanksgiving. Well, maybe I will, but just a little bit. Mostly, though, I don’t want to talk about turkey; I want to talk turkey about contract glaziers. KMR Research, a division of our parent company Key Media & Research, provides an interesting annual look at the shifts in the contract glazing business. First, the good news: the 2018 market still grew, up 11.4 percent from 2017: And the total value of contracts was more than double what it was in the depths of Great Recession”: Looks good right? Well, not if you’re one of the top five firms…. Read More »

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