Volume 39, Issue 1, January 2004


Good Glass Things
For Once Let’s Talk About Good Stuff in the Industry

by Max Perilstein

Another year in the books. Wow! Was it me, or did 2003 just fly by? In fact it went by so fast that I was unable to arrange my live online chat. Darn! It was so successful last year; this year surely would’ve set records and shut down servers all over the country. Oh well. First and foremost, allow me to wish all of you a happy and healthy New Year. Thanks for reading and supporting this awesome magazine.

I decided that I whined too much or complained too much in my past articles, so this column (and probably only this column) will be an upbeat, 
what’s-good-about-our-industry article. Gonna be tough to fill 700 words with my sarcastic nature, but we’ll try. 

Good Things
Good people. You know, we take a lot of hits about many different downfalls, but we do have our smattering of good people in the industry. Folks like Bob Lawrence, who are upstanding, truth-telling people, are what make this industry a better place to be. You may not agree with what he writes, but he does it with class and conviction, and those are qualities that we just need more of everyday, everywhere. 

From a product and technology side, Viracon is another good thing. Yes, I know that many people just fell out of their chairs that I would even bring this up, but they do deserve a pat on the back. And no, I am not being sarcastic either; remember, this is my column on good things in the industry. When it comes to developing products and shaping the architectural market place that company has done more to advance our segment than anyone. While everyone seemingly catches up, Viracon is always moving forward—for instance, with its announcement a few months ago on a new spacer technology, it is just a matter of time before everyone else will have to develop or transition into new ways to follow. It may seem like a pain in the butt, but bettering the technology does better the industry. 

Organizations and Education
Good also equals the Glass Association of North America (GANA). It’s funny; I always called them “Gana,” saying the initials all-together like the country in Africa. But the folks who work there call it G-A-N-A, spelling it out letter for letter. Any way you say it, they are good for the industry. They are working all the time to improve awareness and educate the masses. Many people donate a serious chunk of their time to support G-A-N-A and they do it because they believe in the focus and mission of the organization. While in some areas our industry is this rudderless ship, G-A-N-A does everything it can to give direction where it is able. And now that they have a forum in this magazine it will be even easier for you to stay in tune.

And speaking of this magazine, USGlass and its publisher Deb Levy are good things. Not because they allow me to write mediocre and boring articles six times a year, but because they have taken our industry’s communication ability up quite a bit. Whether it’s this traditional magazine, or their groundbreaking, daily GlassBytes updates, Deb and company have done an amazing job trying to improve our industry’s perception. While I’m obviously biased, this magazine actually has content that is enjoyable to read and on a personal level. When you pick up one of the other architectural or construction magazines, there is absolutely nothing in there to keep you from keeling over … deep in sleep. This magazine mixes information and education and does it in a clean, professional and witty way. Plus, you get columns from people you actually know and may even see at a show or in your office and not from a public relations firm or architectural back room. The daily e-mailed updates (available at www.usgnn.com) are an amazing way to keep up on the goings-on in our industry. 

Well, that’s it, a few good things that I see in our industry these days. Now I guess I can go back to yapping, complaining and grudge-holding, which is what I do best. 


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