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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 »

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 »

BEC: Not Just Lunch

For me, the best part of the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference yesterday was lunch. That’s right, lunch–but not for the obvious reasons. No, the food wasn’t the reason why I enjoyed lunch so much, though Chinese was rather an inspired choice. And it wasn’t the break from the seminars, because most of them were excellent. It was what happened at lunch that made it my favorite part. Please bear with me while I explain. The conference, which began Sunday evening and runs through Tuesday afternoon at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, brought together about 600 contractors who work on the building façade. It was one of the Glass Association… Read More »

The Right One

Special Report

Last week in a fit of nostalgia, I was re-watching the 40th anniversary special of Saturday Night Live (available on Amazon, Hulu and NBC  if you are interested). In one of the presentations, comic Mike Myers imitates show creator and producer Lorne Michaels as Michaels critiqued an SNL broadcast after it was over. Myers got the biggest laugh of the night imitating Michaels saying, “Sure Mike, it got a laugh, but did it get the right kind of laugh?” That line makes me think of glass fabricators. Why? You know finding the right type of glass is not always easy. The tension between performance specifications and named products is almost always… Read More »

All About It

So the first Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference under the auspices of the newly-combined Glass Association of North America-National Glass Association (known for now as NGA-GANA) is history. And it was, as just about every BEC has been, a good one. When the economy is robust, as it is now, it’s hard to fit everything into a day-and-a-half program, because people need as much time to network as they do in the sessions. So it did seem that everyone was starved for enough time to fit it all in. Still, it was nice to hear things like this: “Amount of glass work has about doubled in the past few years,”… Read More »

The Proof is in the Proof

I can’t imagine anyone who watched the children of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on TV not being moved by their determination to stop what happened from ever happening again. It was especially moving to see so many of the journalism students there convey their message with poise and grace beyond their years. I think of them, and the parishioners in the South Carolina and Texas churches who forgave their assailant, the first responders in Las Vegas and the parents at Sandy Hook who go forward despite their loss. At the same time, I draw inspiration from them, I am drained from sadness that such inspiration is born from tragedy—over and over again. This… Read More »

Some Changes Made

Happy New Year! Our blogging schedule this year is such that this is my first one of the year, even though it’s late in the month. But just because this happy New Year greeting is probably among the last you’ll receive, it’s not any less heartfelt than if it was the first. I wish you and your company a very happy, healthy, profitable and peaceful year. And, as with most new years, comes some change. That is true here at USGlass magazine, as well. We are making a few changes. When our company was born some 25 years ago, the name “Key Communications Inc.” seemed a good one for a… Read More »

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