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glasstec 2022 kicks off

Good chance this week to do an international “vibe” check as I’ll be in Germany at glasstec. I'm really curious to see how people are feeling about the industry. If you are going or are there, depending on when you read this, please stop on by the National Glass Association booth in Hall 13, Stand C48. I’ll be posted up there quite a bit and will also be walking the other 9 halls.

This should be an interesting event given it's first outing since 2018 and what is happening in the world right now. I really don’t know what to expect attendance wise, but I am looking forward to seeing some of the folks who have already noted to me that they’ll be there. Next week I’ll have typical show review along with the who’s who of the event. Please wish me good WiFi while there too! Big stretch ahead with this and then the most important event of the year in GlassBuild. I'm looking forward to it!


Well-deserved promotion

Good news in the industry last week with the note of the promotion of Paul Robinson to President of Pioneer Cladding and Glazing Systems. Paul is an all-time favorite of mine. Great guy and industry leader. For years Paul was the big “go to” in the BEC planning committee, always helping and providing tremendous insight. He is a person that “gets it” and I am happy that he continues to rock in his career. Congrats to Pioneer and Paul!

Industry spotlight on HGTV

Also big news that on Sept. 27, an episode of the extremely popular HGTV show “Good Bones” will be showing our industry off. The episode will have a visit to Isoclima Specialty Glass, formerly known as Dlubak Specialty Glass, and the host and team will see how bent glass is produced along with many other products.  

It is awesome when our world can be positively seen in the mainstream, so I am pumped to see what this all looks like. So set your DVR or schedules now for the show on the 27th at 9PM EST. I will try and get more on this on a future post.

The latest pod

Reminder on my latest podcast, great for listening on a long plane ride to Europe by the way, It features guests Lee Harrison and Ross Christie from Walker Glass and Clark Reed from Reed Rubber Products. Reaction has been great, thank you. The Walker story: 80 years and tremendous evolution had people buzzing and Reed’s 100th, along with their focus on our space gained a ton of feedback for me. So please check it out!  Thank you.  

Watch here or listen here, as well as on Spotify, Apple, Google, etc.

Glass Magazine review

I am behind on my Glass Magazine reviews. This one is for the Glass Magazine Award issue and obviously the awards aspect was very cool and once again so many in our space just step up and blow me away.

The issue also features a Q&A with one of the classiest guys in our world Mike Goldfarb of Glassfab. Good insight there! Plus Andrew Haring had an awesome article on a fabulous Mother/Daughter team in LA that is a must read. All good stuff as always from the team at Glass Magazine. Check it out online if you don’t get the printed version. 

Ad of the month

Ad of the month was a brutal challenge for me. People are really picking up their creative games that is for sure. The winner this month is Fenetech with a “Smash and grab” ad that absolutely caught my attention. The look and layout were perfect and the ad did what was intended to do, make the reader stop and check it out. Props to Ron Crowl and team on this winning effort!

1,000th certified glazier

Last this week… one more milestone/set of congrats! This to Jeff Dalaba and the team at Architectural Glass & Metal Technician program for certifying their 1000th glazier, Mike Marye of Hoosier Glass Co. in Indianapolis. This program, along with the NACC one continues to grow and they both bring important and needed measures to our industry. Keep up the great work Jeff and congrats to Mike and the other 999 folks who have achieved certification status!


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