Contract Glazier Outlook
Index Shows Positivity
on the Horizon
B y N i c k S t . D e n i s
iring plans,optimism and back-
log increases signal a positive
attitude among the glass and
Collectively, glazing contractors were satisﬁed with overall business in 2016.
On a 0-100 scale, to what degree did 2016 meet your expectations
in terms of overall business?
glazing industry as it heads into 2017,
according to USGlass magazine’s inau-
gural Contract Glazier Outlook Index.
The Index is part of the USGlass 2017
Glass and Glazing Industry Outlook,
which was released this month (for
more information on where to f nd it,
see the end of this story).
At the end of 2016, contract glaziers
nationwide of all sizes were asked
in a survey about their recent hiring
activity and satisfaction in business
last year, as well as their future hiring
expectations, conf dence in the year
ahead and backlog change.
Most glaziers hired new full-time
employees in 2016, and a majority plan to
do the same in 2017. This also indicates
a positive outlook in the years ahead—
more work requires more labor. However,
like the rest of the construction industry,
glaziers are very concerned about the
current skilled labor shortage, as outlined
in the 2017 Glass and Glazing Industry
These five criteria formulate the
Index, which puts a numeric value
on the industry’s outlook for the year
ahead. The scale ranges from 0 to 100,
with any number above 50 represent-
ing a positive outlook—the higher the
number, the better. USGlass will doc-
ument this index annually and track
year-to-year changes as an indicator of
the state of the industry.
Did you hire additional
full-time employees in 2016?
Do you plan to hire additional
full-time employees in 2017?
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | February 2017