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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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Growing During the Pandemic

Some might say that a global pandemic is not the best time to expand production facilities. I say those people aren’t paying attention. This month, Vetrotech’s North American headquarters consolidated our glass and framing production facilities into one shop, which effectively doubled the square footage of our site at 2108 B St. NW, Suite 110 […]

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Business as “Un-usual”

As I sit in my home office working with Saint-Gobain internationally, Saint-Gobain North America and other Vetrotech manufacturing facilities around the world, “business as usual” is what all of us are trying to achieve. Unfortunately, that ship has sailed. The fact is, it’s absolutely “business as un-usual.” As we keep our eyes on our No. […]

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How Glass Can Help Keep Students Safe?

School safety is certainly not a new worry, but the high-profile coverage of school shootings adds an extra layer of concern for students and parents alike. So far in 2019, there have been at least 64 incidents of gunfire on school grounds, including 11 deaths and 41 injuries. But shootings aren’t the only threat at […]

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Why Glaziers Should Know LEED

There’s an issue that not a lot of glazing contractors think about—but maybe they should. When we talk about environmental standards for the building industry, LEED is it. Since it was launched in 2010, commercial projects seeking LEED certification have grown by 107%, with changes and evolutions coming almost as fast as we can get […]

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Balanced Fire Protection

Balanced fire protection is a critical topic for the building industry, especially as we head into 2020 and the revisions to the International Building Code. The importance of the topic—and the levels of nuance we’re dealing with—led me to have a conversation recently with Thom Zaremba, partner at Roetzel and Andress and the fenestration industry’s […]

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