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Clear Collaboration and Camaraderie in California

The newly-formed California Glass Association, an NGA-affiliated chapter, met on Jan. 1 at the facilities of PRL Glass and Aluminum. The evening included a presentation by NGA's Tara Lukasik, managing editor, regarding the major reports, and findings, of the Association's magazines. 

January 23, 2024

2024 Predictions- Take 2

It's funny I have been writing this blog since 2005 and for the first time ever, I wrote it all and then deleted it, and cleared the trash too, hurriedly because I am a putz, by accident. So hopefully this version will work, but as I sit down to rewrite, I swear my mind is blank. Yikes. Ok, so here goes. 

By Max Perilstein | January 22, 2024

“Upward,” “Limitless” and “Sweet Embrace” offer optimistic outlook for 2024 finishing trends

Color palettes for coatings and finishes are trending towards “cozy” vibes in 2024, with warmer, less saturated colors. Get a forecast of the most popular colors, and their palette collections.

By Tammy Schroeder | January 18, 2024

New Pod, Predictions Reviewed and More

The newest podcast in the From the Fabricator series is up and it’s a fun one that has some younger stars in our space. I kick it off with Sterling Guyette and Luke Jacques of Insulite Glass. They have done some amazing things with that fabricator, took excellent approaches and are really sharp and grounded guys. Then I get to visit with Stefanie Couch of Build Women and also the new Grit CRM. She spoke at GlassBuild and rocked it and she delivers again on my podcast.

By Max Perilstein | January 16, 2024

Demystifying the Build America, Buy America Act

Several pieces of U.S. legislation encourage American made construction materials. Understanding the recently updated Build America Buy America Act is critical to sourcing and fabricating aluminum fenestration in accordance with new policies.

By Mary Avery | January 11, 2024

2024 is Here... Let's Go!

Happy New Year! Back at it here on the blog as we head towards the 19th anniversary of this effort. As I always joke, I started the blog at and around the same time as Facebook and Twitter launched. Man, did those folks miss the boat with their ideas vs. mine!  Anyway, it’s another adventurous year ahead and I do think 2024 will surely be of the rollercoaster variety.  

By Max Perilstein | January 08, 2024

How to Internet in and Around Industry Events | Part 2

Next steps, at the show and best practices for social media. Whether you’re going to GlassBuild (and you should be), or another trade show, take my hand to explore the interwebs and find ways to make it rain as both attendee and exhibitor on the magical mystery tour of social media!  

How to Internet in and Around Industry Events | Part 1

The pre-game and preps. Whether it’s to make your GlassBuild, or other trade show, more successful, take my hand to explore the interwebs. We’ll find ways to make it rain as both attendee and exhibitor on the magical mystery tour of social media!  

Mixed Economic Signals

There is little agreement among economists about what 2024 will hold. They are split over whether the overall economy will enter recession. They are split over labor market expectations. Over interest rate projections. Over the future of inflation. Construction economists are similarly split in their expectations for the coming year.

Year End Pod and 2023 MVP!

The last scheduled post of the year is here! Lots to cover. First up, my annual one on one year end interview is with John Dwyer of Syracuse Glass; now a part of the Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope family.

By Max Perilstein | December 18, 2023