Well, the U.S. election is finally over, with excitement for those on the winning side and the absolute angst of defeat for those on the losing side. Regardless, the deal is done, and the hope on both sides should be that the dysfunction junction that is Washington D.C. gets it together for the good of our world. As for our industry, the focus will return to the lending institutions, as many of the projections in the last few months noted that the election would have an effect on construction. So, we’ll now surely see what that effect will be.
Lots of good news this week; let’s hit a few...
- Congrats to an old friend and coworker of mine, Jeff Ziesche (also known as my Mom’s third-favorite kid behind my brother and sister). Jeff was tapped by the sharp folks at CRL to become director of sales & marketing for the US Aluminum Division. I am thrilled for Z and family: a great spot for him.
- Kudos to Arlene Stewart, one of the keenest minds ever to talk energy, who was named the Florida Home Builders Association Associate Member of the Year. Arlene brings credibility and passion to all she does, and it’s nice to see the FHBA recognized that.
- The folks at YKK AP picked up an award from Architectural Products Magazine in their “Innovative Products” section for their latest curtain-wall release. More than 50 judges from all angles of the construction industry selected YKK for the honor. Congrats to Oliver Stepe, Mike Turner and all of the folks there.
- This week is Greenbuild, and I will miss it, but I know plenty of folks who are going, so we’ll have any pertinent details when I post again.
- And speaking of posting again, this will be the last post until the week of November 25. I'm giving my fingers and brain a break for the holiday. Of course, if there's any more breaking news, or hot and heavy acquisition rumors, you will be able to find them here.
- Last week saw another acquisition for the Consolidated Glass group. They are surely on the move. Loved seeing my old pal Don Power have his name in the news too. If you know Don, you know he’d rather be anywhere than in the media.
- By the way, a huge story this week involved the ICC pushing to laminated glass for handrails and guardrails. That should have a significant effect on business and design, that's for sure. The bad news is that with how slow municipalities are to adopt measures, it will be awhile before this truly shows its value.
- Last this week, two items: a happy birthday to my Mother, and Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers. Hope everyone can take that day to sit back, relax and enjoy, and get away from the race and pressure of this breakneck society we live in.
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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