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Worn on the Fourth of July

Well the Fourth of July celebration has begun to fade into a semi-distant memory. The hamburgers will have been devoured, flags waived and fireworks exploded. But the cause for celebration will remain. I will explain. The glass industry has provided us all with tangible examples of the American Dream fulfilled. It has taught me a lot about what makes the U.S. work and what we can take pride in. Over the years, I have gotten to write about and follow numerous small business owners and entrepreneurs as they grew those businesses in gigantic corporations. I’ve seen the American dream in action. It lives in people like Russ Baumgardner, who loaned… Read More »

Vegas: Cause for Celebration

The city of Las Vegas is for celebrating—and the glass industry did its part during the GlassBuild America show, held there September 12-14, 2018. Celebrations abounded both on and off the show floor. Machinery manufacturer Mappi commemorated its 25th anniversary. Tool and equipment supplier EDTM did as well. Veka celebrated 35 years in North America. Caldwell Manufacturing may have been one of the oldest companies, marking its 130th year in business, but its slogan as the “gateway to the Internet of Things” certainly rings current. And a number of individuals in the glass industry celebrated anniversaries as well, including Bob Price formerly of J.E. Berkowitz, reaching 40 years in the… Read More »

Good Tidings

Well it’s almost Christmas, a joyous (though often stressful) time. And to add to that joy and stress, we are vacating the offices we’ve had for the last 19 years and moving. More stress, hopefully followed by joy. More on that next time though, because here are my picks for some of the top stories of the year: The sale of C.R. Laurence (CRL) to Oldcastle Building Envelop®(OBE). This may have been the deal of the decade, let alone the year, as OBE chose its acquisition targets with skill and strategy. And its acquisition of CRL is akin to Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars franchise or the Muppets in… Read More »

Five Take-Aways from GBA

The GlassBuild (GBA) show has existed, in some form or another, since the mid-’70s. Its name, focus and venues have changed and continue to evolve, but one thing is for sure: it’s a great place to see your industry colleagues and take a look at some of the newest products. In addition to catching up with friends and compatriots, it’s also a good “looking glass” into the future. Here are my top five trends from GBA: Automation Nation: The robotics seen in Europe for the past 10 years are finally making their way to the United States, particularly in the area of glass handling. Automated efficiencies will reduce the number of workers needed… Read More »

Counting to Ten

I’d always known him as a steady, quiet man of few, but powerful words. Unfailingly polite and professional, I’d never seen him lose his cool—until last Thursday, that is. As I heard his voice rise way above its normal corporate cadence, my head snapped around in response. “What,” I thought, “had this longtime C.R. Laurence employee so upset?” If you attended Glass Expo Northeast ’15 on Long Island last week, you know what had CRL veteran Doug DeRusha so animated. And, as many things are, it was all about money—money left on the table by our industry. “We miss a lot of business opportunities,” DeRusha said during his seminar. Though… Read More »

Still Vegas, Baby!

The Ramapo/Kommerling booth won a daily prize for merging two companies in a stand with a Euro-American feel

The GlassBuild America show opened Tuesday in the only city in the world that could pull off having an Atomic Bomb Testing museum and an Organized Crime Museum less than three miles from each other. Las Vegas is just that kind of town. And what about the show being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center? Well … it’s a pretty darn good one so far. The traffic has been steady and the mood optimistic. It’s been especially nice to see the return of some European-style booths scattered amid the usual inline ones and to see machinery manufacturers actually displaying machinery again. Though the machines’ presence is smaller than is… Read More »

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