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Show Glass

It’s full of neat new things for every part of your home and your life. It has nothing and everything to do with glass. In fact, it’s the most non-glass glass place to be. Have you guessed what it is yet? It’s the CES Show, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show. CES is so much more than electronics though. It’s often the red carpet-like debut of new products and features that we will all use in our everyday life. It’s a big and boisterous full-bodied show, and I love scouring all the reports from it… for what else? Glass. So here are the top five glass trends from CES… Read More »

7 Great Gifts of Glass

USGlass magazine publisher Debra Levy is blogging at glass.com today. To read her blog “7 Great Gifts of Glass” from Tuesday, December 20, CLICK HERE.

5 Ways Trump Will Affect the Glass Industry

Photo / Daniel Huizinga

Triumph or Trumped? I suspect the way you answer that question will have a lot to do with how you voted in the election last Tuesday. While it’s NOT my place to comment on who won and who lost, it IS my job to provide what I believe the ramifications of that presidency will be on the glass and glazing industry. So here are my top five: 1 – Transportation construction: The good news is that a lot of money will be allocated for federal projects under an anticipated transportation bill. Trump has indicated he will be asking for $1 trillion dollars to rebuild the U.S. infrastructure. The bad news… Read More »

From Stalking to Smiling: Just Another Day at GBA

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Well the show in Vegas is in the history books now and will fade into memory in direct proportion to how large Atlanta ’17 looms in the distance. Friday is always the lightest day at the show and this year proved no exception, but that gave me some time to reflect on the trends I saw as news. So here are my top five take-aways from the show: 1. The Regional/Independent Fabricator Finally Get R-E-S-P-E-C-T. For years, suppliers have sought the largest glazing contractors and uber-glass fabricators as the market in which they peddle their wares and for which to develop new products. Not so this year. Many machinery and… Read More »

Taking Care of Business

This Barkow truck, decked out with the company

Thursday was quite the day at the glass show here in Vegas. I swear I saw tears of happiness in the eyes of a few exhibitors, and I know I saw blisters of pain on the foot of at least one attendee—because he showed me. Hard to get those images out of my mind at what is the busiest national glass show in nearly a decade. As predicted, the slow start Wednesday had ramped up by the end of the day and continued to build through Thursday. “We have not seen this level of activity since before the recession,” said John Weise of Barkow, who was promoting a truck with its new… Read More »

Just Another Day in Vegas

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The protesters were already out in full force at the UNLV arena when I arrived because, in case you haven’t heard, there’s a presidential debate there tonight … oh and the Rolling Stones are scheduled to play in concert in Vegas tonight too, …. Oh and the National and American League Baseball Championships are being blazoned across just about every big screen TV as there are bets to be made. …oh, and did I mention there’s a glass show? Las Vegas is not only on fire with activity today, it’s downright combustible. And though it may seem like an afterthought to most in this town today, the annual GlassBuild show… Read More »

Our Friend Paul

You’ll notice that right below me here is Paul Bieber’s blog for the day, and it’s full of his usual, practical advice and helpful thoughts. Well, today our friend Paul could use some of your helpful thoughts and good wishes himself. He was operated on this morning for a recently diagnosed case of colon cancer and, by the time you read this, he should be beginning his road to recovery. If you know Paul, you know he is one of the most positive people on the face of the planet—a good businessman with a great family and strong faith. When I called him yesterday to tell him what I had… Read More »

Six Degrees of GBA

The show included a number of impressive scans.

There’s a scene toward the end of the movie Footloose where the townspeople just can’t take it anymore. Their years of decorum and propriety collapse into a frenzy of pent up energy and action. Joyous dance explodes from every corner of the small town of Beaumont, Anywhere USA. Eyes are open, lives are changed, freedom reigns. Well, this week’s Glassbuild America show in Atlanta has such a wave of exploding energy that I swear I saw Kevin Bacon dancing in the aisles. The glass industry is back and the energetic flow of business being done was palpable. “If you are not making money in the glass industry right now, you… Read More »

Next Year is Here

In baseball, it’s always, “Wait ‘til next year.” Well, no more waiting. Next year is here. It started last night, in fact, with a win by the St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs. Which brings me to this week’s blog. It’s short, real short. In fact, this is the whole blog. And that is because I am continuing a tradition of attending the Washington Nationals’ home-opener. I have done so every year (… except for the year I was stuck right outside the stadium because President Obama was throwing out the first pitch. Security would not let anyone into the parking spaces, even though people had bought them online, and… Read More »

Heart of Glass

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Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d write this very public love letter. It’s for you to guess who the addressee is, but then again,  I think you know already. I think you know because you may feel the same way—if you underwent the same process I did, thinking your lot in the business world just happened to include this particular material. But then, the more you got to know it, understand it and see what it could do, the more you loved it. And I do love glass, as much as you can love any inanimate object, anyway. I love the way it looks, the way it moves,… Read More »

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