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5 Bad Things about More Work

The contract glazing business is very busy right now; both projects and backlogs are up. But, as with most things, for every upside, there is a downside. Here’s a short list of five not-so-good things that usually come when contract glazing companies’ business is up and contract glaziers are busy. They are the five “Bad Ls” of a healthy contract glazing market: Lengthy Leads: When business is good, lead times get longer. And, as the glass used in such projects is more performance-driven and less commodity-based, the number of manufacturers that supply it dwindles. So we are faced with an increased demand but no ability to provide increased supply. While… Read More »

Liability Creep

I admit it right up front: liability creep is my own shorthand for a phenomenon that afflicts the glass industry with frequency like no other. It’s expensive, ever-expanding and dangerous. Liability creep is downright creepy. Let me explain. Over the years, I’ve reported on a never-ending series of lawsuits and settlements that slowly but consistently expanded the liability of contract glaziers into areas you would never expect. Contract glaziers work for general contractors (GCs). And years ago, when agreements were signed they detailed what the contract glazier would do and what the general contractor would pay. The move to more detailed performance specifications has led to increased liability for the… Read More »

A Riddle

I want to throw a riddle at you today—one that has perplexed me for years. See if you can solve it, as I’ve been trying to for most of my adult life and all of my adult career. Riddle me this: When is the price increase not a price increase? Answer: When it’s a price increase in the glass industry. Our industry does pretty much anything it can to avoid owning a true price increase. It imposes mileage surcharges, fuel and gas surcharges, utility and load surcharges, additional overtime charges and a whole variety of other charges, but it rarely calls them price increases. My favorite technique ties price changes to some… Read More »

A Glaring Omission

It’s been a silent killer really, ignored for far too long by the glass industry. It’s been discounted—a glaring omission really. Based on what I am hearing 2017 will be its year. Just as we have become educated about energy performance characteristics, followed by the development of energy ratings, then learned about acoustical qualities followed by the development of acoustical ratings, I predict we are going to learn a lot this year about glare. That’s right, glare. A few months ago, I attended a whole symposium session during Façade Tectonics devoted exclusively to glare and the science around it.  And I have to say it was fascinating. Glass, for example,… Read More »

How the Pie Slices

Nick St. Denis, USGlass magazine’s research editor, just completed two major studies—one of the contract glazing industry and the other of the manufacturer/fabricator segment. While summary results of both with be available during the upcoming GANA Building Envelop Contractors (BEC) Conference, Nick has been kind enough to delve into the contract glazier research in two areas that are of intense interest to me. They most likely will be to you, too. Here are my conclusions in those areas, based on a review of the data: Gargantuan Growth: The size of the contract glazing market has increased tremendously over the last five years. In fact, it’s nearly doubled. And as we… Read More »

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

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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 »

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