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“Saint Gobain”

A Problem for All Time

Saint-Gobain had a problem—and a very big one at that. In fact it’s a problem no primary manufacturer in North America has ever had to face, so there was no precedent and no playbook for how to handle it. And to make matters worse, the problem was time-sensitive and therefore, so was the solution. Yes, the French building products manufacturer had a happy problem to solve. At issue: how to celebrate its 350th anniversary. In October 1665, Louis XIV signed the Letters Patent, creating the Manufacture des Glaces de Miroirs in Paris, 350 years ago this year. Few companies in existence on the globe today come close to Saint-Gobain in… Read More »

The End of an Anno Domini

Okay, okay, we’ve been talking about it for the past few weeks so I’ll just come out and say it. Here are my picks for the top five glass industry stories of the year. Now when I say “top five” I don’t mean in terms of popularity or shock value. These five are my picks for the stories that will have the most impact and effect on the industry. Here they are in order: ASHRAE’s withdrawal of its addendum to 90.1 that would have reduced the amount of glazing allowable in buildings.  (See the story here). That addendum had the potential to do more damage to the glass industry than any… Read More »

Music to My Ears

Wait, what’s that I hear? Can you hear it, too? It’s been so long since my ears have been pinged by it, I barely recognized it. But I hear it loud and clear, and now that I do, I want it to play on and on. What’s that sound? It is the sound of major business being done. And it’s music to my ears. If I had to sum up the Glassbuild America trade show going on right now in Las Vegas in one word, I’d say “solid.” It’s a solid, strong show and, given the economy we’ve all lived through these past few years, that is a better-than-expected event…. Read More »

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