Things We Can’t Even Imagine – But Did

Happy New Year.

Welcome to another year of things we can’t even imagine that haven’t happened yet. I guess that’s true every year, but last year was especially so. Some of those things will be good, and some will not, but most of them will be full of surprises and change and that’s what makes news, so let’s get to it.

A New Home for Binswanger

It took about only six months from when I predicted that Binswanger would be sold til it was. Grey Mountain Partners of Boulder, Colo., acquired Binswanger Enterprises LLC of Memphis, Tenn., from Sun Capital last week. It’s nice to see this story have a happy ending and beginning for the many great people who work at Binswanger and for Arturo Carillo, its president and CEO.

“We are very excited about partnering with Grey,” said Carillo. “This is the first time that we’re not tied to a fabricator. Before, we were owned by ACI [Glass Products of Memphis], then Trulite [Glass and Aluminum Solutions of Deerfield Beach, Fla.], this is the first time that we’re independent. We’re happy to get back to our roots as a glass installer.” The news came on the heels of word that Grey Mountain has also acquired Global Security Glazing of Selma, Ala.

Please be sure to check for more updates today over at our daily e-news service, USGNN.com.  What’s especially nice about this is that it gives another true installation company with a quasi-national footprint the ability to compete. And I am excited to see Mr. Carillo, who is an extremely impressive guy, get his shot at this as well.

(People sometimes ask me what USGNN stands for. It’s the USGlass News Network. This came about because of a dream I had of someday hearing James Earl Jones say: “This is GNN.” I doubt that will ever happen though, because when James Earl Jones came to speak at a local college last year, someone asked him if he would say a certain phrase from Star Wars.  He declined citing the fact that he was handsomely compensated for doing such things, so I don’t think my dream will ever become a reality. I can still hear it in my sleep though.)

Buy America

Just yesterday I was watching an interesting documentary about our trade with China. Most of the experts consulted, from across the political and ideological spectrum, agreed that legislating or mandating “Buy American” programs would not work. The results, the experts feared, would lead other countries to adopt similar such programs and hurt, rather than help, America in the long run.

The discussion reminded me a news report by ABC News that our associate publisher, Lisa Naugle, recently received from Mark Imbrock of EDTM.

The news report was eye-opening for a few reasons. Notably:

1. It amazed me that absolutely no glass manufacturers and less than 20 fenestration-related products were on the list of products produced in the USA. Glass made in the USA should shout it from the rooftops.

2. The basic laws of economics still apply. If there is more demand for “Made in America” products, there will be a greater supply. And that can be accomplished one person at a time.

The Week Ahead

Ever since I was a young girl, I have always wondered, with a mix of excitement and trepidation, what new things the new year would bring. Every year ever since has had some good and some bad in it, but they’ve all had things I could have never imagined. On to 2012.

One Response to “Things We Can’t Even Imagine – But Did”

  1. Mac Dilannio says:

    Thank you Deb. I think you are right on this. Everyone of us has the power to buy American if we want to. No one forces us to buy anything else. We make a value judgement ever time for whatever reason, usually one of price, to buy outside America. Each of us can put America first if we want to.

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