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Day One: Simon(son) Says

So which do you want first, the bad news or the bad news? That seemed like the question being asked at the Glazing Executives Forum held yesterday in conjunction with the GlassBuild America show. Attendees were socially distanced, so it was harder to estimate, but it seemed the most popular sessions attracted about 120-150 people. The most popular was entitled “Supply Chain Challenges,” led by Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors (AGC). Simonson painted such a negative picture that it prompted an audience question at one point, asking, “Is there any good news?” Simonson responded that he’s an economist and it’s his job to highlight the problem… Read More »

Hitting the Spot

Trade shows, and the industries they encompass, have a cyclic rhythm. Companies engage in a fair amount of research and development, then cycle over to applying new technology to product which they then introduce at trade shows. This, in turn, starts a whole new round of R&D and well, here we go again. The 2019 GlasBbuild America, held in Atlanta, September 12-14, hit the industry’s sweet spot as we cycled from the heavy R&D the last few years to the introduction of game-changing new products and processes. Here’s my take on the top trends this year: 1. Automation Innovation: If you can move glass a certain way, then you can… Read More »

Brought to You by the Letter E

Anyone who has been a kid, or raised kids or grandkids, in the past 50 years knows how the show Sesame Street usually starts. It opens with a Muppet popping up to tell us which letter of the alphabet is sponsoring the program on that particular day. Well, if GlassBuild America 2019 (GBA) had a Grover, Elmo or Big Bird pop up, they would surely say “this show is brought to you by the letter E.” E? Yes, here’s why. The e-vent which ended today at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, is both exhaustive and exhausting, but it’s also an exhilarating ode to the glass industry played out… Read More »

Vegas: Worthy of Consideration

Overall, this year’s GlassBuild America garnered good reviews from almost all with whom I spoke. There were some common-themed suggestions that I heard a number of times during my week in Vegas. They are: Most likely the result of an attempt to integrate GANA’s Fall Conference into the GlassBuild architecture, the old GANA annual conference stretched to four days, with only one meeting on most days. Other events such as the Glazing Executives Forum overlapped show hours, as did the Window and Door Dealer Day which was held at a separate location entirely. The overlapping conferences and their times and location was a bit confusing. Holding the cocktail party on… 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 »

Vegas: Yeah, That Happened.

Robotics are in and finding enough workers is out; accelerated depreciation of up to 100 percent of cost is in and recession is out. All these factors combined to make the GlassBuild America (GBA) show, held in Las Vegas September 12-14, 2018, the best and business-busiest show in a decade. The exhibition felt like a trade show should, full of people coming to make educated purchases and decisions. Throw in a number of new products, a whole lot of new technology and well … Las Vegas … and you have a very successful event. Trends were everywhere. Here’s my own top five, Vegas-style: 1. Jumbotrons come indoors. Cruise the strip… Read More »

A Show in Two Parts, Part Two

Now that the Glassbuild America (GBA) show has been in the rear view mirror for nearly two weeks, it’s even clearer that the first half, thanks to Hurricane Irma, was pretty much a proverbial wash-out. But the second half, Wednesday afternoon through Thursday, was quite respectable. Not to overdo the two-show analogy, but I have always contended it’s actually two shows anyway. The odd years in Atlanta attract more serious buyers and more machinery manufacturers; the even years in Vegas still get buyers, but also attract people who don’t mind combining a bit of business with all that Las Vegas has to offer. So it makes sense that the serious… Read More »

A Tale of Two Shows

Mother Nature showed everyone last week, including the glass industry, that we are not the boss of her. In the form of a tempest named Irma, Mother Nature managed to extinguish life on at least one island, kill and injure scores, cause property damage in the billions of dollars and split a major glass industry show into two. This is a tale of those two shows. Before I go there, I want to tell those in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and the Caribbean who were affected that you are heavy in our hearts, on our mind and in our prayers. Though our hearts break for you, we know that your… 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 »

Taking Care of Business

This Barkow truck, decked out with the company

Thursday was quite the day at the glass show here in Vegas. I swear I saw tears of happiness in the eyes of a few exhibitors, and I know I saw blisters of pain on the foot of at least one attendee—because he showed me. Hard to get those images out of my mind at what is the busiest national glass show in nearly a decade. As predicted, the slow start Wednesday had ramped up by the end of the day and continued to build through Thursday. “We have not seen this level of activity since before the recession,” said John Weise of Barkow, who was promoting a truck with its new… Read More »

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