Volume 43, Issue 11 - November 2008

From the Fabricator

Thanksgiving Time
There's a Lot to be Thankful for in Our Industry
by Max Perilstein

My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving. While most kids preferred Christmas or Hanukkah, I was always on the Thanksgiving train. For me it meant incredible food, football and the chance to gather with family. Nowadays I feel pretty much the same way but I also see the deeper meaning and the opportunity to give “thanks” for all we have been blessed with. 

From an industry standpoint we do have a lot to be thankful for and I decided to throw together my list for this column.

I am thankful for my co-workers, as you should be yours. We all go to battle everyday and without good people around you it can be miserable. I, for one, am very fortunate in that regard, and I know so many others can share this sentiment.

I am thankful for the technology this industry has put forth. One example, the soft-coat low-Es have been a revelation, game-changers that truly do not get enough credit. Without the technology of the various equipment manufacturers we’d never have a chance to produce this material with the success that we do. 

I am thankful for the opportunity to speak my mind in the column and on my blog, and the ability to communicate and give forum to issues that in the past were only limited to a few people in the “know” or at an industry show or gathering. Now the communication goes year-round.

I am thankful for laminated glass. What an underrated but crucial product. The ability to protect against hurricanes, bombs and other various catastrophic events is an incredible feature, and it’s one that so many of us take for granted.

I am thankful for guys like Greg Carney with the Glass Association of North America (GANA) who dedicate themselves to the industry and fight for what is right, even though some battles are very uphill.

I am thankful for the new focus on energy from all corners. It’s about time, but we need to keep at it and provide the best possible scenarios for the end-user. As an industry we have the products, such as warm-edge and thermally improved spacers for example, that can make a difference.

I am thankful that in February I will be hosting the GANA Building Envelope Contractors show for the final time. Now some of you may read this and say “Why would you be thankful for that?” Well, simply put, I am thrilled that the event has grown the way it has and, now that my time is up, new people will come in and take it to the next steps—but I also am glad I have one last crack at it.

I am thankful that so many of you get that the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is not a great thing for our industry. But I also sit scared because so many of you still think the NFRC is either a conference in the NFL or a division of the NRA. Believe me, folks, if these guys get what they want, it will not be pretty.

I am thankful that a new magazine focused on Decorative Glass is out. That industry segment is strong and will only get better. Now there’s a professional forum that makes it even more exciting. 

I am thankful that our industry has so much insight from Canada. Our wonderful neighbors to the North bring tons of talent and enthusiasm to the states and without them we’d be a lesser group for sure.

I am thankful for USGlass Magazine. It truly is the “Voice of the Industry” and every month it brings its “A-game.” And without the talented people like Megan Headley (who has to fix my mush of a column every other month) you would not get the insight that you need to stay ahead.

On that note, I have to thank Deb Levy for giving me this chance to write. Without this “therapy” I would be for sure sitting in my kid’s tree house talking to myself. (Wait, I do that already—scratch that.) Anyway, Deb takes a lot of heat for me, and I will always be appreciative of and thankful for that.

To all of you reading, may you have a great holiday season and a healthy and happy new year ahead. And remember, no matter how rough it is out there, there’s always a lot to be thankful for. 


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