Short Blog

That’s right, a short blog today because I just got back yesterday from a long week of travel … first our national staff meeting, then on to GlassBuild and then from Atlanta to Memphis for the first-ever Auto Glass Week. Just got back yesterday afternoon after an intense week out. We provided a lot of coverage of GlassBuild last week, so I’ll just mention that Auto Glass Week was excellent—and lots of fun. To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of the auto glass industry have been greatly exaggerated. It was alive and well in Memphis and it was great fun to be part of it. Our slide show… Read More »

Twofer Tuesday

GlassBuild Day Two This blog begins with a journalistic triumph, a tour de force of investigative detective work worthy of Bob Woodward, if I do say so myself. Ready? You might want to sit down for this one. Here goes: I found out the identities of the “terrorists” who were under the Barkow truck taking pictures the other day. They found themselves targets of a World Congress Center-wide search as a result. I’m pretty proud of having muck-racked this out of them. How, you might ask, did we ferret out this amazing information? Well actually, they just walked up and told me, with just a hint of pride in their… Read More »

GBA Day One

John Weise’s week at GlassBuild America sure started with a bang. Imagine the F. Barkow exec’s surprise when he arrived at his booth to find a group of Atlanta police searching all over the truck he had on display. The police told him that they were searching for bombs and the like. Nothing was found. Turns out that his “single stack” truck is so new and innovative that an enterprising group of competitors, who the police thought might not have been from this country, decided to go all the way underneath the truck, camera in hand, to take pictures of how he did it. Nice compliment, but not quite fair,… Read More »

9/11 Reminders

Our daily e-news service,,  includes some powerful remembrances of 9/11 today. I just added my own at the end. What’s yours. Please let us know by adding your comments below. COMMENT

Is It Really September?

Well yes  it is. It’s 10:50 a.m. on Labor Day here in the States and, as I write this, about half our staff is in the office with me and hard at work. Why? Because we have a perfect storm of events coming up next week, our annual company-wide 2012 planning meeting, followed by the GlassBuild America show (visit us in booth 2411) and the inaugural Auto Glass Week Conference and Competitions (visit us there too.). All three events are next week, hence our work here today, on final details, shipping and all.  Labor Day has caused me some reflection in two areas. First one is how much I like… Read More »


If you’d told me as recently as a week ago that I would experience both an earthquake and a hurricane all in the same week—and in my home state of Virginia yet—I would have shaken my head in disbelief at your hubris. Because never in my lifetime would I have imagined that could be the case, especially here in North Central Virginia. And, had I driven just a few miles to the northeast, you could have thrown in a tornado to boot. A trifecta of natural disasters all within five days! Luckily, neither our employees nor I nor any of our collective family or friends sustained any injury or property… Read More »

Just One of Those Weeks

If we at USGlass Magazine hear from each of our 40,000+ subscribers just once a year, that means we hear from an average of 155 or so of them every work day … and some days it feels like it. Good thing it’s one of the favorite parts of my job. Just this past week, three readers contacted me with issues that tugged at me. All of them revolve around the current economic climate and the bankruptcies and closings our industry has endured. Let me share each story with you and perhaps you can help me fashion some advice for them: Reader 1 put a plaintive plea on our architectural… Read More »

The Brand’s the Thing

There’s been a lot of talk lately about “branding,” especially among the glass manufacturers. A number of manufacturers believe that consumers will respond and one day request PPG glass, or Guardian, let’s say on the strength of the brand. I’m guessing the hope is that they will request one of these brands, rather than a no-name product. This has already come to pass in the auto glass industry, where glass manufacturers such as Pilkington, Guardian and PGW are working hard to distinguish their glass from the “generic” products toward which insurers forcefully push their customers. It’s a scenario that has been repeated over and over again in many industries. The… Read More »

Time for the Fix

My blog today was going to be about branding. It’ll have to wait a bit. That’s because of the influx of e-mails I’ve received today from various financial entities with which we do business. I am sure you got some today too—or perhaps a call from a broker or two. The people who administer our pension fund wrote me, and so did the “friendly bankers” with whom we have our checking and payroll accounts. Shoot, I even heard from a major credit card company which weighed in on the subject as well—that subject being the recent downgrade of the U.S. credit rating by one of the agencies that does this… Read More »

A Warm Welcome

I would like to lend my blog space this week to our newest employee. Many of you know Sahely Mukerji from her many years of covering the glass industry for another publication. We are thrilled to have Sahely join our editorial team today. It’s always been gratifying to me how all the best industry writers and editors sooner or later end up here. Welcome Sahely! In honor of your arrival, I thought I’d turn my “blog space” over to you today. Check out Sahely’s first.  

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