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New pod features glass industry greats

The latest “From the Fabricator” podcast is now live, and a fun and interesting one yet again!

  • This month kicks off with Joey and Matt Aragon of Aragon Construction. Great company and these two are absolutely tremendous. Their care for the industry and their approach to business are brilliant. Plus being on the younger side, their influence will carry for a very long time. I love it.
  • Then I chat with the delightful Kelly Whittingham of Halio. Kelly took an interesting path to our world and now is a part of some fabulous disruption with a company that is absolutely making moves in their space. Fun talk and she even flips the tables on me too.

Once again, I feel like the luckiest person around with getting to know new and ultra-cool people in our industry and then sharing their knowledge with all of you. Thank you for checking it out! 

Video version is here 

Audio can be found wherever you listen to podcasts.


Blog from Michael E Brown and Associates

I have pointed out here often other blogs or resources that l love to follow including ones from great folks like Rick Alexander, Matt Verderamo, Adrian Lowenstein, John Wheaton, and more. Now add this one to the list—Michael E Brown and Associates have had some excellent posts, including their latest on avoiding unnecessary costs for labor and material. It was a quick take, but valuable and in this day and age that is something we all need. Nice work MEB team!

Dow Corning Sealant Training

Heads up, some training available on Dow Corning Sealant including product reviews, best practices and more. This looks to be super helpful for those newer folks and not a bad refresh for the veterans on the team. More info and a handy QR code for signing up is available.

CRL’s David Nelson Celebrates Glass Industry Anniversary

Congrats to David Nelson of C.R. Laurence who is celebrating his 39th year in our crazy business! David is one of the good guys in our universe and here’s hoping he keeps trucking along and spreading the good word for years to come!

Fleetwood Mac Appreciation

Last week’s post on Fleetwood Mac garnered a lot of feedback, and thankfully (and correctly) all agreed with me that the published list was pure bunk. Love that many in our space have good taste in music! Thanks again to all who conversed back and forth with me on that. 

Top Gun Back on Screen

Have you seen Top Gun- Maverick yet? If not, please do yourself a favor and check it out. The movie checks all the boxes with great action (well done and not CGI’d) and sound, solid plot, and the pace of it was perfect. It to me is the perfect diversion from all of the turmoil we deal with daily and a great chance to focus on something else for a couple of hours.

Best Places to Live

Last this week, another list: the annual “Best Places to Live” by U.S. News and World Reports is out and of course, I need to comment. This was the line on the approach they took:

U.S. News analyzed the 150 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life. 

Now when you see the list, it makes me wonder if they live in the same world we do, because coming in at No. 5 is San Jose, California. I mean is anywhere right now in California is “good value”—please correct me if I am wrong.

The others in the top 5 were 

4. Boulder, CO

3. Green Bay, WI

2. Colorado Springs, CO

1. Huntsville, AL

Two Colorado cities in the top 4 is wild to me. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the list, were five California cities and Memphis, Tennessee. The list itself is a rabbit hole that you end up in and surely a headscratcher all the way. By the way, my birth city of Pittsburgh once rated No. 1 on this list a few years back came in at No. 26 this year, right behind Nashville and Jacksonville, Florida. 

Read the entire list.

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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