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The Power of O

Anyone who knows our ace customer service manager and bookkeeper extraordinaire Janeen Mulligan knows she is the world’s biggest Oprah fan. Janeen tapes every show, knows all things Oprah and has been trying for more than ten years to get tickets to the see the show. Now most people would have given up hope by now but Janeen, in a nod to the premise of Oprah’s beloved book “The Secret,” believed that her dream would come true. And two months ago it did. Janeen got four tickets to the 21st-to-last taping of the Oprah show in Chicago. “I want you to come with me,” she said to me, along with… Read More »

Donn with Two Ns

Amid all the news of the past two weeks a little retirement notice slipped by quietly on our daily e-news service, USGNN.com™. Though the news was quiet, the person it was about is anything but. You can read the announcement of Donn Harter’s retirement here. It talks about his many accomplishments with the California Glass Association (which later morphed into Americas’ Glass Association)—so many, in fact, that the association will pass into history upon his retirement. In addition to all the work the announcement mentions, there are a few other things you should know about the Donn with two Ns: He was one of the most effective influencers of codes… Read More »

Contract Glaziers Viva in Las Vegas

MARCH 30–When you walk down the hall at the Paris Hotel and see three guys practically dismantling a huge Vegas mirror from the wall, or sit down at a breakfast table where the hot topic is embeds, you know you are at the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference. With all due respect to the companies that start with sand and end with glass, or those who take it and fabricate it in a myriad of ways, the guys at the BEC Conference make the glass and metal world go round. They scale tall buildings and crawl into tiny spaces. They are the work engines of this industry and are engaged… Read More »

Singing the LOGICal Song

MONDAY, MARCH 28 — There is so much going on in Vegas that it’s hard to keep track of it all. Here’s a very rough breakdown: Wednesday-Thursday IGMA Friday-Sunday Glass Week Sunday-LOGIC Sunday-Tuesday BEC Tuesday-Thursday NFRC If the acronyms don’t drive you crazy, the schedule will but, as always, it’s full of substance. A few thoughts thus far: –It’s always impressive to see how hard the GANA committees work. The committee members toil over everything from informational bulletins to surveys. The hard work shows in what they produce. –There’s a lot of buzz about the new LOGIC event for leaders in the glass industry held yesterday (more below). There’s an… Read More »

Looking Back at Glass Expo Northeast

Glass Expo Northeast 2011 (GENE) just hit the history books and with it, a number of great memories for me. Among them was a most excellent education program. It included the most relevant BIM program I have ever seen, presented by Joel Kaskela, vice president of operations for LTS Drafting and Engineering Company in Centennial, CO. Unlike the many BIM “experts” out there, Joe has actually completed a number of projects using BIM. He was able to detail the ups and downs, cost savings, additional expenses as well as the new vocabulary used … Likewise, a detailed mirror installation program by Long Island’s own mirror master, Michael O’Sullivan of Hampton… Read More »

LEED-ing Lawsuit

From the sound of the court documents, Henry Gifford is a man on a mission.  Gifford, an energy savings consultant with Fuel Saving Inc. is the lead plaintiff in a massive lawsuit that takes aim at the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system (see related story.)  In court documents filed last week in a U.S. District Court in New York, Gifford and his co-plaintiffs allege that USGBC’s advertisements that buildings certified under its LEED program “are, on average, performing 25-30% better than non-LEED certified buildings in terms of energy use:” is false. The complaint further alleges the Council’s claim that LEED provides… Read More »

The Kegelbahn and Auf Wiedersehen

Glasstec 2010 is now history for the 45,000 who visited during the four days. Organizers released a press release citing an air of optimism and I think they got that right for the international glass industry as a whole. U.S. attendees brought a blank slate—neither too optimistic nor too pessimistic. “We are sitting on the elevator in the basement,” said one attendee, “I don’t think we will go down any more, but we are sitting still waiting to go up.”  Professionally, glasstec 2010 marked an achievement for USGlass. We were told it was the first time a news organization ever covered the show with daily video reports every day—and we… 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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