G3: Industry Insiders Talk Glass
Exhibitors weigh in from GlassBuild America 2013: The Glass, Window & Door Expo
“We’re adding to our impact-resistant product lines for Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast areas. They’re products we’ve had for some time, but not with these ratings, so we’re doing a lot of testing and product development. We’re also [developing] high-performance thermal products [to help] meet the new energy codes, especially in northern climates. 2014 looks good for us as we expand, add to these product lines and look at new products as well.”
—Walt Lutzke, marketing promotions coordinator, Tubelite
“Business has been really good, both domestically and internationally. Things are picking up, so I think the market must be picking up. Wood’s Powr-Grip is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, and with our growth in sales, we have plans to introduce lots of new products.”
—Lisa Hagel, advertising/marketing coordinator, Wood’s Powr-Grip
“We’re planning to see a lot more growth in 2014. We’ve been growing and expanding, but we’re adding more branches in the coming year and plan to be in every state by 2015.”
—George Schalk, vice president of sales, Spydercrane
“We have already seen significant recovery of the market, and we expect that to continue in 2014 … the hardware side is growing significantly [as is] the renovation market. People want to upgrade their homes; companies want to upgrade their offices. They’re looking toward sleeker, more in-style looks with ample glass that bring in more light.”
—Arne Klöfkorn, president, Bohle America Inc.
“The market is headed in the right direction. Business is not great, but it’s getting better. We are ramping up. We have more people in the shop, and we are generally optimistic.”
—John Weise, president, F. Barkow Inc.
“Business is good. We’ve seen more international business as word about our product has spread, and web traffic helps. 2014 is pretty promising. The Middle Eastern market is opening up, and that’s a big opportunity for us.”
—Brad Plumb, director of sales & business development, GlasWeld
“We have been very busy, and have seen an upswing in business. People have been sitting on their hands, but are beginning to make investments again.”
—Kip Crabbe, corporate accounts, machine sales and logistics, Salem Distributing Co.
“Our sense is that 2014 should be OK, maybe even better than 2013. We are cautiously optimistic.”
—David Balik, president, GGI
“In 2014, I expect to see more growth. There are a lot of companies that haven’t replaced their machines in so long. As they become busier and need to keep up with demand, they will begin purchasing again.”
—Peter DeGorter, manager, DeGorter