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See You at GlassBuild America 2022!

GlassBuild America is approaching again. It's an opportunity to get the latest updates on industry trends, new tech, education, and generally join in a celebration of the glass industry in all its glory.

Catching Up All Over the Globe

Before I get into this week, my thoughts are with everyone in Florida and those that were in the path of Hurricane Ian, including the home of the Daubmann family and their D3/MyArchitecturalGlass business. From what I hear, all is okay there with the plant, though they did have some damage. Obviously if anyone can rise above, it is that family and company. While I was overseas for glasstec, the latest Architectural Billings Index was released.

By Max Perilstein | October 03, 2022

The Ultimate Team Sport

Construction and manufacturing, like team sports, benefit when employees work as a team. Working together towards a goal requires us to understand both our individual and collective perceptions and assumptions.

A Guide to Earning LEED Points: Materials and Resources’ Building Product Disclosure and Optimization

The newest version of LEED includes a Materials and Resources’ Building Product Disclosure and Optimization, which can add two points to a total score. Manufacturers can earn those two points through two different methods: using reporting compliance or providing compliant material ingredient optimization report.

By Mary Avery | September 26, 2022

The Giant glasstec Recap

After 4 years, glasstec was back and it was an interesting experience to say the least. The vibe overall was positive, people hungry for new equipment especially and also new technology/products. 

By Max Perilstein | September 26, 2022

Germany On Tap and Exciting News to Share

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.  We also take a look at some industry milestones and an exciting opportunity for the glass industry that will be highlighted on HGTV this week. 

By Max Perilstein | September 19, 2022

Happy 80 and 100-plus Forecasts, Firms and More

It is anniversary time on my latest edition of the From the Fabricator podcast. First up is the duo of Lee Harrison and Ross Christie from Walker Glass, celebrating 80 years in business. Then on to the 100th anniversary of Reed Rubber Products and Clark Reed. That was a great chance for me to chat with someone new and learn about a very successful operation. 

By Max Perilstein | September 12, 2022

The Musings of a Very Pregnant Fenestration Industry Worker

As I prepare for the arrival of my daughter, I'm thinking through how we can care for and support parents, inside and outside the workplace.

The Benefits of Protective Glass Coatings

Glass has always been an ideal building solution owing to its broad applications, functionality, as well as the abundance of design options. Designing for durability, wellness, and ease of use places glass surface protection high on the list of value-add glass enhancements, satisfying the needs of a project both practically and visually.

By Brad Thurman | September 06, 2022

Tours, Trends, Awards, and Football

This past week I had the opportunity to tour some incredible facilities and it really drove home the pure talent and drive we have in our industry.  As you know, I love seeing different operations, I always learn something. This time it was a chance to see plants that were truly built from the ground up and in constant evolution mode.  

By Max Perilstein | September 06, 2022