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“glass industry”

The Other Employee Problem

Finding and retaining quality employees has always been one of the glass industry’s biggest challenges. It’s consistently been the number 1, 2 or 3 largest problem cited in every glazing study we’ve done over the years. The glass industry had this problem long before every other industry did. Now that every other industry has the same problem, it’s become worse than ever for the glass companies to find new and good employees. Glass installation competes against everything from convenience store employees ($20 an hour around here) to other building trades. Glass installation is physical work, often in unpleasant conditions. Even though they should, glaziers don’t get the respect that electricians… Read More »

Part of the Problem

It’s the one problem you hear about over and over again–no matter what size, no matter how old the company. It’s a problem almost every contract glazing company has. And unfortunately, we are part of the reason for it. By we, in the broadest sense, I mean the construction industry. By we, in the most narrow sense, I mean contract glazing companies. The problem, of course, is the lack of skilled and qualified labor available to contract glaziers. Time and time again, I hear stories of companies at capacity because they can’t find qualified help. They must turn additional work away because they can’t find qualified people to perform it…. Read More »

Hard Facts about Codes

In the beginning, there were a few different code groups, and what code you followed depended on where the project was located. Three groups, BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI, administered codes in different geographic regions around the country. Over time, these code groups, and the codes they produced, merged into one organization—the International Code Council—that administers the International Building Code (IBC). Such consolidation was welcome but short-lived as energy, hurricane, green and other codes were created. Glazing contractors went from being compliant with one code to complying with many. The “how” and “why” of codes change underwent an evolution as well. Long gone are the days in which a particular product… Read More »


Do you know what Hyalophobia is? It’s also known as Hyelophobia or Nelophobia. In all my years in this business I never heard of it, until a Jeopardy answer (or question depending on your point) of “What is Nelophobia?” clued me a few weeks ago. Hyalophobia is an insidious disease and can be deadly, especially when it affects architects. And based on what I’m seeing we could be on the cusp of a pandemic if the glass industry doesn’t come to attention quickly. Hyalophobia is a fear of glass. (Nelophobia is more akin to fear of glass breakage and injury from glass, by the way.) It is synonymous with Hyelophobia… Read More »

Heart Songs

Next week is the annual AIA Conference in Orlando, Fla., so for the April issue of USGlass magazine, we’ve focused it on the intersection of glass and architecture—sometimes it results in a chaotic collision and, other times, a cacophony of innovative design. The glass and glazing community loves to grouse about architects—heck, we’ve even written articles about all their faults and foibles—but here’s a secret about architects we never share. I am breaking the glass industry code to tell you, but here goes: the glass industry secretly loves architects. Here are the top five reasons why: 1- For what they create with glass. We love architects for their ability to… 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 »

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