Loyalty Oath?

If you are in the East, you know it is sweltering today, and that most human beings who’ve been outside for more than ten minutes share a striking resemblance to a spent dishrag. So it was that the decision was made to forego a more usual luncheon salad for a climate-appropriate small Vanilla Milwaukee Cream Custard. It was the only sensible thing to do.
You see, my plan was to eat said custard and write today’s blog.
Well, the custard had long since cooled my parched, dry throat as I continued to wrestle with the topic of what to write about today.
News wise, we are awaiting a major story, but I don’t think that’s going to arrive before deadline.
My other two choices were to write about loyalty, particularly business loyalty (because I have been thinking a lot about that lately) or to write about my 12-yer old nephew Kevin, who I had the pleasure of watching for a weekend a few weeks ago. He taught me some interesting lessons but I’ll save them for another time.
As I continued to bounce back between topics, having not yet written a word, I got this email from Bill Stone, who is also one of our bloggers. Here’s an excerpt of what he wrote concerning my June column:
“Deb, I love you dearly but United Glass never filed for bankruptcy. This was repugnant to Larry O’Connell and myself. As a result we let the Sun Capital transaction go forward without legal shennanagins. We wanted all of our long time suppliers and employees taken care of. If we would have been slickers, filed for chapt 11, we might still be in control of our company. Reputation is everything to us and we should at least be acknowledged as different from all who used the legal system to stiff their suppliers. Please retract that statement in future columns. Thanks, Bill Stone.”
In looked back at the column and the way we did some last minute editing did indeed make it look like UGC had filed for bankruptcy, which it did not as we all know.
I apologized to Bill and told him I’d run his note today. So you see in the end this blog wrote itself. It was supposed to be about loyalty after all and what some people will do to take care of their employees and suppliers.
With rare exceptions like Bill, they say there is really no such thing as loyalty left in the glass industry. What do you think? I want to know. Are “they” right?