Volume 42, Issue 8 - August 2007

the Issue at Hand
Pieces of the Puzzle
One of the things (and there are a lot) that I like most about magazine publishing is that it’s one of the few industries where you literally start with nothing each month and end up with an entirely different product. Oh sure, you can fabricate glass or bend metal, but you started with glass or metal. A magazine starts with nothing more than an idea and a plan. These are worked and churned for weeks before they take form as ink spills on to paper. 

Once you’ve decided how many pages a particular issue is going to be, you need to create and then solve a jigsaw puzzle to get it all to fit. As with most news organizations, that is our biggest challenge—being able to fit everything we would like to include. (That’s where the Internet and USGlass magazine’s Only Online sections have been helpful. They let us bring you expanded versions of articles and additional stories of interest. 

This month, for example, Only Online includes a recap of the National Fenestration Rating Council’s summer meeting and some of the latest financial news regarding industry companies. Watch for the Only Online icon throughout these pages so you know where to get even more information.)

This column is usually one of the last pieces of the jigsaw puzzle to be placed. As such, we often receive and must relate late-breaking news here. This happens quite often but, luckily, really sad or tragic stories are rare. I wish I could say that was the case this time as well, but it isn’t.

In late June, a Pilkington employee was killed in a plant accident in Rossford, Ohio. According to police reports, 30-year old April Waxler of Toledo, Ohio, sustained fatal injuries following an incident that occurred at the plant at about 2:30 p.m. on June 22.

Waxler, a production worker at the Ohio plant, “came in contact” with a company forklift on company grounds. She was dead upon arrival to the hospital. 

“We’re continuing the investigation and working closely with OSHA,” says Gregory Narsh, an attorney with the Detriot, Mich., law offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Narsh works as a legal liaison between Pilkington and OSHA on various matters including the fatal incident in Ohio. 

“This has been devastating to the employees,” says Narsh. 

“Immediately that day, we had grief counselors there [at the plant].” 

Unfortunately, I have heard of all too many accidents like this over the years and our thoughts and prayers are with Waxler’s immediate family and the Pilkington family as well.

On a lighter note, I’d like to invite you to stop by and visit us in booth 1502 at the upcoming Atlanta Show September 10-12. We have a very exciting new launch at the booth and I’d like to share it with you. You’ll learn more about it next month in these pages, but feel free to stop by our stand for a sneak peek. I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

 Regards, Debra Levy

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