Volume 39, Issue 8, August  2004


Fixed Surcharge?
Dear USG,
I thought the energy surcharge was a fixed cost to the suppliers on a truckload of glass or, as we have been told, $700 a truckload. Here in Florida we have different surcharges from each of our suppliers. Certainly, bidding jobs is now much more difficult and time consuming. We have a chart to explain the surcharges and there is no logical method they have used.

As I was checking invoices the other day I realized that the actual surcharge has nothing to do with a piece of glass and everything to do with the cost of the glass. One of our suppliers charges a percentage of the cost. Check the surcharge on a piece of ½–inch Starfire as opposed to a piece of regular ½-inch. We bought a piece of Pyrex glass 1/8 x 8 ¼ x 19 ¾ and $9.90 was the actual surcharge on my invoice. Did that truck only carry 71 pieces of this size of glass on it? I’ll bet not. Why is the charge on a piece of fabricated glass the total of the glass and fabrication?

Ah, life is full of injustice and maybe it only seems that we get more than our fair share.

Cheryl Sandor
Vice president
Vero Glass and Mirror
Vero Beach, Fla.

Outta Here!
Dear USG,
Well, I have decided to leave the glass business. It’s not that I don’t like it, I just see a great opportunity. I was really inspired by Johnny “The Mooch” Rago from Lyle Hill’s column. I have taken a sales position with Labrada Nutrition. The pay is about the same, but I get to split the soon to be imposed “fuel surcharge.” Boy am I excited; I will no doubt be in six digits by the end of the year, and after that a director or, dare I say … vice president of sales. I will not start my surcharges until August just in case some other glass guy moves into the nutrition field and “forgets” to pay them in July.

Joey Fotheringham
Via e-mail

A Surcharge for Suppliers
Dear USG,
One thought that might get the suppliers attention: we should charge a surcharge to them, commensurate with their own, for visiting with any of their salespeople. After all, they are taking up space in our offices, using lights, heat and, in some cases, water. They are taking valuable parking spaces. They often require a secretary or receptionist to announce their presence. There are surely numerous other opportunities to recover costs incurred by their sales force.

Terry Carter
Carter Glass Co. Inc. 
Kansas City, Mo.

International Building Code Book
Dear USG,
First, I just wanted to say that I really enjoy USGlass. I find it very informative and recently read the article about the new International Building Code (see November 2003 USGlass page 22). Can you tell me where I can get a code book? 

Jacqueline Greer
Missouri Glass Company 
St. Louis

Editor’s Note: The International Building Code is available through the International Code Council. visit www.iccsafe.org or call 703/931-4533. 


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