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Happy GlassBuild Season

We’ve got a special edition of the From the Fabricator podcast for you out now. Kicking it off with the outgoing Chair of the NGA, Brian Hale of Hale Glass. Fun and wide-ranging conversation with a guy who has had an amazing 45+ year run in the business.  

Then onto a newer guy in our space, Merv Campbell of Omni Cubed. Merv took a wild path from Northern Ireland to Northern California and is now doing important things with carts and apparatus to move glass safely and efficiently. Plus, he’s got a great accent, that’s worth the listen alone! 

Last the best beards in our industry are back with Brandon Bellegarde and Tyler Faulk of Drafting Marketplace stopping by with an update on the newest addition to their offerings- engineering assistance.

Good stuff all the way around. I really enjoy getting to know these folks, and I hope you all do as well. Thanks for checking it out and look for all of these people at GlassBuild and tell them you listened/watched! Watch on YouTube, or listen here, as well as on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to pods.


GlassBuild America 2023

It is indeed GlassBuild Week! So pumped. So much going on and I know this week will be a blur. Looking forward to learning, catching up with old friends and making new ones and prepping for 2024.  

As for the show floor, I need to see James Wright and the gang at Virginia Glass as they celebrate 110 years in business with cake and drinks (Cake? That could be the sugar burst needed to finish the show day strong!) Oh and rumor has it, James celebrates his birthday on Wednesday during the show, so you have to stop for that too!

Plus, I have to see what the big boys like Guardian Glass, Vitro and YKK have going on. I always have to see what new trail Michael Spellman and team at IGE are blazing (including the breaking news about IGE with KERAjet and Diptech).

I look forward to catching up with many past podcast guests in their booths like Trent Thiry, Chris Hanstad, Barry Sutherland, Mike Synon, Mike Willard, Jeff Dalaba, Ben Beeler, and Kyle Lindersmith. Also excited to see the new products that Kevin Roth and Privacy Glass Solutions are putting out, as well as seeing what’s up Joe Silva and Mike DeBotte’s sleeves at SmartLift.

So much to see. So many people to see. So much to learn. Can’t wait! Of course next week my blog will be dedicated to the who, what, when and where at the show. 

Well-deserved honor

Congrats to the great team at W&W for being named ENR New York Specialty Contractor of the Year. An absolutely well-deserved honor and one that brings positive recognition to our industry as a whole. Kudos to everyone at W&W on this and on continuing to do such amazing work out there. 

An industry loss

Sad news this week with the passing of Steve Howes. Steve was the founder of Glasslam and he was a maverick and truly original and unique guy. He developed many products over the years and was best known for his approach in the impact safety glass space. Big loss for our world and condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends and team at Glasslam.  

Window history

Last this week… my pal Josh Wignall of Quaker Window sent me this cool link with the news that Vikings during the time of 800 to 1100 had windows! Glass was recovered. Cool little read here. So that means in like year 823 some Viking Glass Nerd was looking intently at the glass to see who made it.



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