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Quick Hits

Different format this week… quick hits as I clear off the desktop…

  • The Dodge Momentum Index was only slightly down in its latest reading for May. But before we get too positive, this report is a 3-month moving average, and so expectations are that this index will see some serious drops in the next month or two. It bears watching for sure.
  • Also watching this week as the latest Architectural Billings Index comes out. Will it drop further (absolutely), and what will the new project inquiry side look like? I’ll break it all down on next week’s post.
  • Thirsty Thursday Webinar, on May 21, is a big one for many in the glass industry. This week will feature the most current updates and changes impacting glass railing in the International Building Code (IBC). If you play in this world―and so many fabricators and glaziers do― click here and get registered.
  • Once upon a time, I had the honor of presenting at Garibaldi Glass Day. This event always attracts the best of the best in the Pacific Northwest and attendees and speakers always come away with a greater knowledge base. Unfortunately, like so much else these days, the 2020 version of Glass Day was cancelled. But the team there did put together this video to give us all that walk through the past and continue to provide hope that eventually we will be on the other side of this. Classy work here by the Mobius family and entire team at Garibaldi.
  • I’m not going to Dusseldorf this year but those of you who are, you gotta check out this structure: Europe’s largest green façade.  I can’t even fathom how it works and how it can be maintained. Sorry, I’ll stick with glass and glazing every day of the week.
  • I’m a big fan of Kevin Haynes of Tubelite and he has a pretty deep look at high-performance curtain walls in educational facilities that recently got published. Good read here, and nice work Kevin!
  • I really liked this Chris Kammer’s blog on digital marketing. Right now, the companies that are being strategic are positioned better than their competition. Chris’ piece gives a good taste on one avenue to follow.
  • Last this week … with everyone limited to no face-to-face interaction, we are all online more. What are some “under the radar” follows worth your time with social media? This week I’ll do LinkedIn and next week I’ll do Twitter. On LinkedIn, these are groups/companies that are posting interesting, helpful, and sometimes fun content:

    National Glass Association: Maybe not “under the radar,” but if you’re not following you are not staying on top of your industry and latest happenings and updates.
    FeneTech: They mix fun and information perfectly, in my opinion. 
    Kovach and Momentum Glass: Good look at projects and process.
    United Architectural Metals: I am a fan of the team there and projects they do, plus they’ll share an interesting read as well.
    Linetec: May be one of the best all-around feeds in existence. Creative and smart. Love their approach!
    Super Sky: A classic brand, and I’m enjoying seeing project and representative profiles. Reps often get no love or respect, so it’s nice to see a company recognize them.

Obviously there’s tons of major players and companies I did not mention that hopefully you are following already; if not and you need some ideas, ping me and I’ll gladly share and you please do the same!


Max Perilstein

Max Perilstein

Max Perilstein 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. Contact him at