Sunday, April 06, 2014

Bad News on the Horizon?

Do you have any friends or people around you that like the negative?  You know the folks that always look for the dark cloud looming instead of soaking in bright shiny day?  Today for this post, it’s going to be me…. But only with stories of doom and gloom, and not really my attitude.  This past week, both the USA Today and the New York Times ran stories predicting a crash in the markets.  The USA Today piece even put a date on it, predicting that in mid May, the market will reach 1,311 trading days since the bull market began, meaning based on past history the market will crater.  The entire story, with details and statistics is actually pretty interesting.  Add in last Friday’s drop and this theory may have some legs.  So will this happen?  Let’s hope not….but surely a worry given the coverage popping up in the media.

Elsewhere…

--  More good news on people with new gigs this week… Was thrilled to see the story on Chris Cotton at Dlubak Specialty Glass.  Chris is a class man and I think he'll do well in his new role.  I feel a connection with Chris on another area as well as he has to deal with what I do every day… that is the adventure of having a more popular brother in the industry….

--  One news item that deserves more focus is “Product Category Rule” or PCR as it plays a big role in the latest version of LEED and is a big component people are looking for when it comes to sustainable building practices.  The Glass Association of North America just finished a PCR for flat and float glass and it’s a tremendous first step for our industry.  Props to Urmilla Jokhu-Sowell and her team at GANA for a job well done.  Believe me you will see the acronyms PCR and LCA a ton more in the coming months and years. 

--  I noticed Glass Magazine added a new blogger last week with the addition of Jeff Razwick of TGP.  I am a big fan of Jeff (and his company overall) and he’ll do a super job in that space.  It’s a real thrill/honor for me to share spaces with guys like Jeff, Bill Evans, Rod Van Buskirk, Chris Mammen and the great writers of Glass Magazine. 

--  A great follow on Twitter is @TedBleecker as he always has good and interesting links and this one on the look differences in NYC storefronts in just the last 10 years may be one of the coolest stories I have ever seen.  Great piece! 

--  Kind of ironic that in the week I write my BIPV- Boom or Bust column, a new report says that market will grow to 2.7 billion in 2019.  I guess that would be boom eh?  I did get several e-mails on this subject and most people are still very leery of the possible success of BIPV- specifically on the curtain wall and storefront sections of the building envelope.

--  Next week, if all goes well, I plan on having an interview in the space with a player in a market that is growing quite a bit… so stay tuned. 

 --  Last this week… don’t forget the Glass Magazine Award nominations are due April 17th.  This is the most prestigious award program in our world, so do not miss your chance to recognize the people and projects that deserve it!

LINKS of the WEEK

--  Really smart thinking students in Washington with a plan to pay for college.

--  I am friends with several UPS drivers.  This makes me mad that the company is doing this to its drivers…

--  A professor teaches the wrong subject matter all semester long.  Seriously?  How does that happen??

VIDEO of the WEEK

Wild video… just watch… a few seconds after the Fed Ex truck passes it will pass again… uh oh…






2 comments:

Thomas Lee said...

Where I live, I hear nothing, but great things from people I've met that work for UPS. Reading the story, it sounds like the workers, not UPS, are the ones who broke the union contract with an unapproved strike, not the other way around. That being said, firing all 250 instead of suspensions or reprimands seems an extreme first step.

Thomas Lee said...

Where I live, I hear nothing, but great things from people I've met that work for UPS. Reading the story, it sounds like the workers, not UPS, are the ones who broke the union contract with an unapproved strike, not the other way around. That being said, firing all 250 instead of suspensions or reprimands seems an extreme first step.