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New Pod: Paints, Innovations & More

Paint and finishing

The latest “From the Fabricator” podcast is now live for your listening and/or watching pleasure. Kicking it off with 2 guys who are incredibly detailed and strong on the paint and finishing sides. Neil Chrisman III and Chris Incorvaia were great in running down the various issues on that area of the world, many of which I had no idea and some that are a continuing pain for which solutions were offered. Neil is flat out brilliant on this subject matter (The King of Paint) and Chris was incredibly impressive too. Good learning for me.  

Then next up was Tom Donovan of Thompson Innovative Glass. I had no idea about some of his travels, but I did know the focus on systems and service he has in place. They’re paying off as Thompson is rocking right now and Tom is a force out there. Plus, I can’t wait to see the heated glass he mentioned among other innovations. Good conversation range overall. So please check it out! The pod keeps growing to unimaginable heights (on iTunes especially) and that is thanks to all of you. I appreciate it!

Watch now on YouTube, or listen here, as well as on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you download your podcasts.


Industry loss

Incredibly sad news this week on the passing of Larry Johnson of Quanex. When I saw it, I truly was stopped in my tracks and my heart goes out to Erin and his family along with the entire group at Quanex. Larry was an absolute titan and winner in this industry. He was an extremely key component in the explosive growth of Edgetech and then at Quanex after they made the acquisition. The biggest appreciation I have for Larry is that he was sincerely an industry guy. He supported as much as he could and was in the forefront always. Even when times were tough, the industry could always count on Larry’s backing. That was huge. This really is a massive loss across both the residential and commercial spaces as Larry had so many connections in both and was driver of some of the most important industry awareness ever created. Again, condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers, Larry will be missed dearly. 

Glass and Glazing Advocacy Days

Glass and Glazing Advocacy Days are coming up again and you can take part in them! If you care about where we are going and want to push that messaging to those in power in Washington DC, this is a great opportunity. The NGA has the rundown on dates and next steps, so check it out and connect.

Latest Glass Mag

I almost missed reviewing the March Glass Magazine! So much was happening with events and such it slipped off my radar. However, I am glad I caught up on it all, as it was a stellar issue. The key to this one was all the details on recruiting. Everyone needs labor and this issue has several good avenues to examine. Serious resources!

In addition, I really liked Steven Aki’s (Technoform) piece on curtain wall performance, and I have always been a huge fan of Tammy Schroeder (Linetec) and her piece on finishes would’ve been even better if I read it before my podcast that focused on paints! Overall, a ton in there and well-done Glass Magazine team!

Ad of the month

Also well done… my Ad of the Month! The choice was a challenge because so many deserving candidates but this month I am going with UltraFab and their “looking good in black” ad that stood out from a design standpoint and had me interested in more. Good stuff and congrats to whomever worked on that for them! 

New newsletter

I recently subscribed to a newsletter from Southern Stretch Forming and came away quite impressed. It was a mix of industry news, company stuff and topical world items with some lighter fare intertwined. It may not be for everyone, but I loved the effort and detail and kudos to Rob Seils and the team there for a job well done!

Jury duty woes

Last this week- update… so I went to Jury Duty, was ready to go. But all the trials for the day there ended up being settled before a jury was invited. So, my jury services were not needed. Now the question is will it be another 14 years before I’m selected again? 


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