Sunday, June 18, 2017

Streamlined and Smart

The newly integrated format with GlassBuild America and the GANA Fall Conference was released this week and simply said- it’s awesome.  Yes for folks that aren’t big fans of change, it is different, BUT, it is a good different in being a smart and streamlined event that makes the most of everyone’s very valuable time.  The incredible volunteers and their committees will still have the time they need to do the work for the industry and also be involved in the show- but more importantly this is YOUR chance to get involved and have your voice heard.  If you are coming to GlassBuild and you are involved in the fabrication side of the business you owe it to yourself and business to attend the technical sessions so you can stay abreast of what is happening our world and have an impact.
It’s exciting times… I talked with a fabricator from the Northwest that normally would not attend the Fall Conference but since its combined and integrated into GlassBuild that company will attend and finally see and hear what is happening all around them and their business.  Good things are happening in our industry and the GlassBuild-Fall Conference combo is certainly one of them.


Three updates from past stories and trends…

--  The Glass Connections event in Canada I spoke of previously was a big success.  My good friend, the extremely talented Rich Porayko had an in-depth recap HERE.  Check it out.

--  The trend of jumbo sizes continues… we’ve seen the news via Viracon, and Vitro and now a jumbo coater is coming to my home state courtesy of Guardian.  The folks there announced that their Carleton, Michigan location would be the home for the oversized machinery.  I have been lucky enough to tour that facility and its adjacent Science & Technology Building and I hopefully will get an invite once the new coater is up- will be fun to see!

--  Last of the three angles previously hit on… Railings.  I have talked about some of the great companies in that world, their folks, and also noting the code pieces as well.  This week news of a formidable combo was released with Q-railing and Bohle America partnering up on distribution in the US.  This will surely push that segment even more with the reach and product offerings both companies possess.

--  Wrapping up this week…  the monthly Glass Magazine review… the Top 50 Glazier edition.  First and foremost major kudos to Beth Moorman and team for a jaw dropping design.  Very sharp and classy.   

--  The issue itself is jam packed with detail and info on the glazing side. So much intelligence to take in… including interesting looks at some of the companies on the list, the markets, and solutions for the community.  I also loved Katy Devlin’s look back to 1992.  Neat! Overall this issue was really well done and a must read.

--  The ad of the month plays into a theme I mentioned above… railings… CR Laurence gets the nod this month with their railing focused ad.  Normally I don’t like a ton of text, but this ad made it work and the images on the page stood out so much that made it a winner for me.  Kudos to Andrew Haring his team on a job well done!


As an Ohio Bobcat myself, I’ve never seen one of my brothers do this…lol

Incredible story of a criminal doppelgänger


With one child going to college this fall and another next year this movie appeals to me… may have to try this…

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