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All About the Prep

GlassBuild creeping up

Obviously everything in the industry right now is GlassBuild focused, so of course the latest Glass Magazine leads with it and goes in heavy on the event. If you are attending, being prepared by checking out that issue now will really help you get ready for the show. If you are not attending, you can at least learn a bit of what the latest and greatest of what will be happening in Atlanta in a few weeks. The editorial team at Glass Magazine did a great job in breaking down the event, it really got me fired up.

Not GlassBuild related, so make sure you catch an awesome piece from Katy Devlin on the “underground history of glass”, very cool. Also, the issue had some tremendous “food for thought” articles from regular contributors Matt Johnson of Paul Gary Law and Joe Erb of Quanex. So check this one out and get up to speed on all!

As always I award the Ad of the Month from each issue and given this is a massive edition and one of the most read, the advertisers come out strong. So a tough choice for me, but each month I do it and I’m up to the task. The winner for this month is Trust Seal. Really sharp way of showing their product both in place and then zoomed in. The color and layout were really strong and it passes the “make you stop and look” rule that I have. So whomever at Trust Seal did this one, congrats! Job well done!


GlassBuild info

One more item on the GlassBuild front, if you are coming and have not registered yet, please do yourself a favor and do it ahead of time (like now for example). Lines in Vegas last year extended out because of so many walk-ups and I would assume that could happen again this year. So save time and get it done now.

Dodge Momentum Index

The latest Dodge Momentum Index is out and it was a mixed bag. The overall ticked up, but the segment we all care about was actually down 1%. Year over year, the commercial segment is down quite a bit and so that is continuing concern. So while the headlines are positive and overall bounced back, we still have those challenges ahead. 

Glass reference

Has anyone seen the Planet Fitness commercials touting  “Low E”, they obviously are playing the Low Energy card for working out, but every time I see it, I’m thinking about our Low E glass options. I really need to get away from the industry for bit don’t I? LOL.

Best U.S. small cities

Last this week, the best small cities in the US was released. These are cities with between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. Interesting list for sure, and here goes, from 10 to 1.

10. Brookfield, WI- Been there, really nice area

9. Saratoga Springs, NY- No clue here but I do love Saratoga Springs at Disney

8. Melrose, MA- I am sure a legend like Brian Shaw of OBE knows this one

7. Milton, MA- If you are someone who knows Barstool Sports history, you know Milton

6. Fair Lawn, NJ- I’m so sheltered, didn’t realize there were any small towns in Jersey

5. Fishers, IN

4. Westfield, IN- The Hoosier state has come in strong

3. Brentwood, TN- The Nashville halo? 

2. Lexington, MA- ok is there a New England bias to this list?

1. Carmel, IN- have heard a ton good on that spot, guess I’ll need to visit some day

So looks like Indiana and Massachusetts feature some of the best small towns around. I am stunned nothing in the Carolinas made the top 10 and I assume everything in Texas is too big to make it? Anyway, always interesting stuff.



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