From the Fabricator: Award Winners!
I was very excited to see the latest round of Glass Magazine Awards announced and more deserving companies recognized. These are the industry’s most prestigious awards, and there’s no doubt the judges must have had a very difficult time choosing. There are a few winners I want to recognize.
The Most Innovative Energy Efficient Glass Project really excited me, because the mix of products and companies interested me. Knowing that the tremendous people from Architectural Glass & Aluminum were involved made sense. Whatever they touch usually does turn to gold... or in this case, green.
I was also happy to see the folks from Pleotint win Most Innovative Commercial Window. You know me. I bang the drum hard for dynamic glazing, and this is yet another piece of evidence that this product segment is going to be very hot.
When GGI’s new website launched, I noted the great look right here on the blog. It's nice to see the judges agree with me. I had not seen PPG’s Visualizer yet, so that is now on my list of things to do.
Overall our industry really looked great here, so a hearty congrats to all of the winners… jobs well done!!
- There’s still the people portion of the awards to come and you can vote on them now. This year, I am not familiar with any of the folks with the exception of one, so I’ll be reading all of the bios and making my decisions soon. Please take a few minutes and go vote. These are obviously deserving candidates who were nominated and then made the cut to the best three in their categories. Congrats to everyone who made it to this point!
- Last week, I noted how positive things seemed to be out there, and some of the reports backed me up. We've seen great job addition for construction, and the best construction spending since September of 2009. Keep it going!
- The bad side is surely the worry that our industry is experiencing a severe lack of skilled labor. Between companies cutting back during the slow period and the fact that what we do is very difficult (and dangerous in some points), we have a massive worry out there on the horizon. This is one concern that I have chatted about a few times, but it is sadly a concern that does not have an easy answer.
- I did go see “Man of Steel” recently. I thought it was OK—a little too long, with too many unnecessary pieces for my liking. But once again, I do have to laugh that every time one of these movie heroes visits a town in the film, the local glaziers have to rejoice, because they break every piece of glass around. To the glass guy in Smallville, Kan., what a great business you have!
- And finally, just a programming note. There will be no blog next week from me. I’m going to give my fingers a rest. See you again week of July 28, unless major news breaks of course.
The author is founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm for the building products industry that specializes in marketing, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management, as well as website and social media, and codes and specifications. E-mail him at MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.
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