Volume 33, Number 11, November 1998



Letters to the Editor

Too Many Choices?

Dear USGlass:

My wife and I really enjoyed Glass Expo Pacific Northwest™, the tour of the Langley plant of U.S. Aluminum and the opportunity to meet some folks from the United States and Mexico. It’s always good to learn something new, which we did. We regret that we missed out on a couple of seminars that were on while the tour was in progress. A couple of other folks mentioned that it was unfortunate some of the seminars overlapped. We are looking forward to the next Expo. Thanks again.

Harry Meier
Harry's Door & Window Renovations Plus
Sechelt, BC

No Easy Answers in Blast Protection

Dear USGlass:

Your editorial in August (see USGlass, August 1998, Issue at Hand) on the tragic events in East Africa was succinct, but perhaps misleading. Though credit should be given to both the glass and film industry, it left a great deal unstated.

Mr. Simonetti’s letter to the editor (see USGlass, August 1998, Dear USGlass) on bullet-resistance said compliance for protection goes far beyond film and glass. Previous dealings with the Corps of Engineers, assigned the responsibility for establishing criteria for terrorist-blast resistance, had three areas of consideration.

If the structure’s main frame will not withstand the blast pressures, treating the other two elements would be like "putting perfume on a pig"(witness Oklahoma City).

Applied films or laminated glass products will retain the broken glass shards. Will the shattered unit stay in its framing or does the entire unit then become a flying missile? Framing material, corner assembly, glass bead attachment, glass bite, distance from any protruding building structure components, etc., must also be factored in.

Anchorage requirements including size, type and frequency to meet ICBO standards for distance to opening edge become as critical as the glass or frame. No one system can answer all of the above for all projects because each must be designed for its specific application.

There are no easy fixes and we must consider all aspects if we seek to protect human lives.

M.L. Weiss
M.L. Weiss Consultants, Inc.
Atalanta, GA

Worth Crying About

Dear USGlass:

I found "Read’em and Weep" very interesting (see USGlass, July 1998, The Issue at Hand). I thought you’d be interested in knowing how I used it to educate architects and others about the "hidden value" of glass.

I sent the column to a number of architects saying, "Take a look at where glass falls when compared with five other major building products! You will note this is since 1982. Should you not be using more glass?"

Ron Cartner
Cartner Glass Systems, Inc.
Charlotte, NC


Dear USGlass:

Your article "Read’em and Weep" was very timely. Your bright orange paperback from college, How to Lie with Statistics, was probably from a statistics class, not math or psych. Unfortunately, the glass price statistics are true and definitely worth crying about. For the past sixteen years labor, energy and raw material costs have increased for the glass industry. The cost of freight to get our products to the end-use customer has also experienced increases during the same time period. Unfortunately, flat glass prices have remained relatively flat. This situation has resulted in shrinking margins for the glass industry. This does not bode well for long-term investment in our industry. AFG continues to invest in the glass industry, but we are very concerned about shrinking margins.

F. J. Collin
AFG Industries, Inc.
Kingsport, TN

Same Day Shipping

Dear USGlass:

I was very pleased to read your article in the July 1998 issue regarding curved glass (see USGlass, July 1998, Betting on the Curve). We at PECO Glass Bending have had ongoing discussions with customers regarding the quality of faxed patterns for curved glass and would like to use this article as a reference to help explain the need for original patterns to provide quotes and fill orders.

The one point that I want to make is that your article stated that distribution is made "usually within one week for standard lites." At PECO Glass Bending, we ship almost every standard lite the same day we receive the order. Custom bends are usually shipped within four to six weeks.

We have been an advertiser in USGlass for many years and are pleased to see this article addressing some of the issues we face daily as a curved glass manufacturer.

Craig A. Behn
PECO Glass Bending

Smithville, TX



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