Volume 40,   Issue 9                                  September  2005

From the Fabricator

Covering Lots of Bases
Clearing Off My desk after a Summer Vacation ...
by Max Perilstein

As it’s been noted here in the pages of USGlass, the NFRC had its summer meeting in July (see page 22). Progress was made on some of the issues that will affect our industry, but there’s still a very long way to go. One thing to keep in mind is that there will be six slots open on the NFRC board of directors. Getting some new blood in there, especially people who know and understand the commercial industry, would be very helpful and positive. 

Making Changes
The NFRC still continues to do things oddly and behind the scenes. In June, when one board member resigned, she was quietly replaced by someone else from her company. No press release or announcement on the change, despite the fact that the person who resigned was the treasurer and had to be replaced by another board member. Yes, the NFRC board is allowed to name an interim person, but doing it quietly and undercover (when they send e-mails and have a constantly updated website) makes no sense and gives you reason for pause. 

I promised I would not go NFRC crazy in my columns, so I’ll end this rant with a quick note on where the NFRC summer meeting was held—Quebec City, Montreal, Canada. A beautiful place, no doubt, but you have to love a charitable organization that’s mission is to police products made and sold in the United States taking its business to Canada. I’m sure they want to spread their wings, and I enjoy Canada as much as the next person, but when you get your money from the United States government (Department of Energy) and 99 percent of your membership is American, why in the world can’t you support the American economy? 

Vegas, Anyone?
OK enough NFRC; let’s move to something more fun like the Glass Association of North America’s Building Envelope Contractors conference. Every year it has grown and the reason is that no other conference is as complete, informative or enjoyable. Molded for the glazing contractor, it offers information that every walk of life in our industry can enjoy. Add in the fact that it takes place in Vegas in February and you have a great recipe. If you want to stay a step ahead of the industry, learn new things or hob-knob with pretty much a complete who’s who in the industry, this is an event to attend (see www.glasswebsite.com for more details). In fact, if enough people attend, I promise to never bore you with NFRC stories again. 

Hurricane Season
Every year I seemingly also write about hurricanes and their effect on the world. This year has been especially tough with more early-season hurricanes than any time in history. Now comes word that global warming may be one of the reasons we are getting pounded.

Whatever the case, hurricanes and the rules that govern our industry are here to stay. In fact, Texas is continuing to get on board promoting its hurricane rules even more intensely than in the past. After what Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have gone through, it shows that hurricanes are not just a problem for Florida.

Lastly, a few words about a good man who could truly use your thoughts and prayers. Brian Craft, PPG’s Midwest architectural sales manager, was diagnosed with Leukemia in mid July. Brian is one of the classiest and coolest guys I have ever worked with. I constantly drive him crazy and he always finds a way to come through for me as well as many other people with whom he comes into contact each day. He is also one of the most talented people in our industry and having him off the beat for any reason is tough, let alone something as vicious as this. While he is recovering well, please keep Brian and his family in your thoughts, as I know he would appreciate that. 

The Author:
Max Perilstein serves as director of marketing for Arch Aluminum and Glass. His column appears bimonthly.

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