Over the last 2 weeks an amazing resource was released. One that I think is a must to have bookmarked for future use especially considering the adventures of supply. The National Glass Association and Glass Magazine launched the very slick website www.worldofglassmap.com and it’s appearance only can continue to help with the information and communication flow in our industry. I advise you if you have not checked it out to do so and consider a subscription to stay fully up to date. Congrats to the folks at NGA and Glass Magazine on this excellent proactive piece.
-- Monitoring the Architectural Billings Index (ABI) as always… the latest scores for January were slightly off coming in at 49.6. (50 is the break even). New product inquiries also were down from December. The good news was a nice bounce out of the northeast, and the fact that January historically has had softer numbers. I am not worried on 2016 at all at this point and will be watching the February totals on both the ABI and the Dodge Momentum Index for any signs of true weakness.
-- Speaking of 2016, Glass Magazine had a great article in the most recent edition on the potential growth in our industry. If you have not seen it, check it out here.
-- Actually that entire issue of Glass Magazine is loaded. Great articles on:
- The energy code adventures in Florida
- Structural Glass (which is a VERY hot product area right now)
- Tips to avoid labor shortage issues- which obviously is a major deal in our world these day.
-- I have written a few times on here about the difficulty we have as an industry finding project managers. I do think I have another position that can rival that. CAD Technician. Looking on various job boards and the need for CAD people both in our industry and out are really mind blowing. On that note it is good to see many high schools (including where my kids attend) offering 4 years of CAD classes as this surely looks like an area the world needs. Maybe though we can get schools to offer glass and glazing project management to help on that problem too!
-- More industry meetings this week with IGMA and GANA having technical conferences in California. I am unable to attend, but will follow along online as much as possible. It’s at these conferences where much of the heavy lifting happens with regards to standards and guidelines in the glass and glazing industry. So keeping tabs on it is very important.
-- Last this week; I was reviewing a residential interior design site and looking at some of the projects that they felt were best in the past year. The one thing that stood out to me was the amount glass that was used- specifically decorative glass used as counter tops, wall cladding, and backsplashes. Decorative glass has been growing on the exterior quite a bit and being used in more and more commercial interior applications but the residential application is looking like a very hot area and one where more and more glass can be used in place of other building products.
LINKS of the WEEK
-- Story that could be sad but swerves into the comical
-- I am not a big Facebook user but this piece helps explain some of the new additions to the site. By the way, you can now “love” a post…
-- I ran this story a few weeks ago, and this is a wonderful update to it!
VIDEO of the WEEK
Anyone watching “The People vs OJ Simpson” on FX? It’s been decent- though I think when it comes to that case I’ll watch and read anything. This week- fun video from that series of David Schwimmer playing Robert Kardashian and saying “Juice” over and over…. Oh and by the way- the Kardashians have played an interesting role in this whole mini-series so far…