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A Tale of Two Buildings: Embodied Carbon Series

As I take over the “On the Safe Side” blog for 2024, I’ve wondered about the best way to introduce myself to you. Sure, we could take a dive into my LinkedIn profile to gauge my professional journey (though, admittedly, that might not make for the most riveting blog content). For those who already know […]

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Reaching Across the Aisle is Good for the Glass Industry

Do you ever think that fire-rated glazing is the “have your cake and eat it too” option of the building product world? It’s the material that architects can rely on when glass is essential to their vision, but they’ve got tough code and structural requirements to meet. Maybe it’s not for every project, but it […]

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Change Management in 6 (Hundred) Simple Steps

You don’t have to be a creature of habit to recognize why an entire consulting industry has sprung up to hold business owners’ hands through the unsettling business of change. Changing over a float glass line is child’s play compared to the process of business change management. Fortunately, having been through more than a few […]

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Why We’re Going Back to the Past to Get to the Future

If you keep up with the news, you’ve probably noticed that things have been pretty busy for us here at Vetrotech. We are in a year of big transitions here. This is, of course, on top of all the transitions that have been shaking the industry and the world over the last few years. Shaking […]

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Who’s Ready for More Change in 2023?

It’s that time of year when we all take time to reflect on the changes of the year just past and the changes ahead. I don’t know about you, but I’m a little worn out from even the idea of change. It’s a funny thing. Change is synonymous with innovation, and that’s our bread and […]

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Relearning the Three R’s

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I think it’s safe to say we’re not facing business as usual. But unlike this time last year, I’m not sure I expect there to be any real return to normal, not as we’ve seen in the past. I’ve worked through three recessions. I was around […]

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Industry Solutions Required to Help Protect Our Communities

After the recent mass shooting tragedies (over 250 for the year so far), once again we are talking as a nation about what we can do to keep students and communities safe. I don’t have the answer when it comes to preventing these horrific events. Like some of you, I’m thankful my children are grown […]

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Looking Back

About 19 months ago, almost to the day, I wrote a blog about not being able to wait until “business as usual” returned. Well, that aged about as well as a gallon of milk. Over the past almost two years, we have navigated an industry and a world that seemed to change daily, while at […]

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America the Resilient: Navigating an Unusual Recovery

Remember last year this time, when we were all working to navigate “business as unusual,” waiting for the pandemic’s end so we could get back to shaking hands with our business partners and holding face-to-face meetings? We may be seeing an end to the pandemic now, but we can’t quite say everything is back to […]

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Why All Buildings Need a Balanced Fire Protection Approach

In 2019, the U.S. saw 3,074 fire-related deaths, a steady increase of this type of tragedy since 2012, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. That same year, fires accounted for $14.8 billion in damage, a 75% increase since 2010. While I dare say even one death is too many, these tragic trends are a powerful […]

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