Volume 36, Number 1, January 2001



Dear Fabricator ...
The Fabricator Answers Your Questions

by Max Perilstein

It has been a year since I started this incredibly lucrative job as bimonthly columnist for USGlass magazine. So, in celebration of making it to this point (odds in Vegas were heavy that I would not be asked back), I’ve decided to dig into the “From the Fabricator” mailbag and answer some queries.

Dear Fabricator,
I loved your article about the names of glass (January 2000) and the lack of creativity involved. Any updates?
P.P., Detroit, Mich.

Dear P.P.,
Well, unfortunately things are still muddled. More confusion abounded in 2000. Heck, my wife and I even had another child and tried to give the fabricators some inkling on how to be creative and opted for their thoughts on names. If it were up to them, joining our daughter Natalie would be Natalie 2001, Solar Natalie, or Natalie Squared. Luckily, my wife and I made the call so there would be no confusion. We call the new baby Zachary Chance.

Hey Fabricator,
What do you see in your crystal ball for 2001?
D.N., Morgantown, W.Va.

Well D.N.,
My crystal ball is pretty cloudy; I try to leave the prognostications to the upper-ups in our industry that have the clout and numbers. From my perch, though, I see some mixed results. Warning signs are starting to pop up as the auto industry finished 2000 with too much inventory and amazing deals to move cars. But overall, at least as I see it, the economy will stay solid for at least one more year. Then again, I also thought the Cubs would win the National League last year, so what do I know?

Mr. Fabricator,
Any relief in the labor market, any relief at all?
R.T., Omaha, Neb.

I’m sorry, R.T., but the answer is plain and simple—nope. Maybe if the economy starts to slip, but honestly it is a tough race out there. This year saw many companies working seven days a week to try and meet expectations on jobs. Those workforces were really worn to the core. Hopefully, our industry can do something to create an atmosphere that can attract some talent. There are so many great and interesting personalities in our little world and we need to get them to reach out to the future.

Dear Fabricator,
One year down and no articles on human resources. Will we see one this year?
T.Z., Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Well T.Z.,
I could tell you everything I know about human resources in 5 minutes. In fact most of my knowledge comes from the Evil HR Catbert from the Dilbert comic strips. So while no articles will be on human resources, I am working on some interesting and helpful columns. Also any input from you or other readers is surely welcomed.

Mr. Fabricator,
How do you have time to write such interesting articles? Don’t you have other responsibilities?
J.B. Kingsport, Tenn.

Dear J.B.,
I’m pretty lucky. I have good bosses who don’t mind that I jetset all over the world doing research for the articles. Plus those suits are way too busy to even read my little column anyway, so they probably don’t even know that’s how I spend most of my time.

Well that’s the bottom of the mailbag. Thanks to all of the people who actually did take the time to write/e-mail me. It was an incredible feeling to know that people are out there reading and then taking a few minutes out of their incredibly busy lives to communicate with me. I honestly appreciate it. As always feel free to e-mail me at: Max.Perilstein@pdcglass.com.

wpe2.jpg (2313 bytes)Max Perilstein is vice president/general manager of PDC Glass of Michigan. His column appears bimonthly.


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