It’s here and it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to those who are well informed. I speak here of the incredible demand for materials and labor in the glass industry as we move through the fourth quarter. In talking with any number of people in the industry, including several that I spent time with at Auto Glass Week™ a week and a half ago in Baltimore, it has gotten a little crazy out there as lead times have really been stretched and qualified people can’t be found. A number of manufacturers have followed Viracon’s lead (of a couple of months ago) by simply not taking new orders until they can catch up with current production demands. I am personally involved with two jobs that have seen material lead times double and have personal knowledge of a glazing contractor turning down a very nice mid-size project that he bid last June but that he can no longer man in the timeframe the job is needed. How much longer does this last? Who knows? But it is an interesting time in which we are operating. Go get ‘em guys!
Here’s Something That’s Kinda Scary
According to a recent report released to Bloomberg Business Week, only 36 percent of adult Americans can name the three branches of government. This is pretty pathetic. We used to study this stuff in school and get tested repeatedly on it. So why wouldn’t at least 90 percent of the populace know that the three branches of government are the military, the IRS and the post office? What’s wrong with you people???
And This Is Maybe A Little Scary Too
Did you know that Chinese nationals spent approximately $22 billion on U.S. homes last year and that predictions are that this amount will go up even more in the coming years? Just asking.
Not Again – Please
According to both the Farmer’s Almanac (which has an incredible level of historical accuracy) and the National Weather Service (which has an accuracy level less than the Farmer’s Almanac but still not bad) have now predicted a winter season for the upcoming season that will be similar to last year’s winter season. This is not good news. Remember the “Polar Vortex” thing. Well my friends, it is apparently coming back for a winter rerun. Get ready!
The Sports Thing
This is that time of year when a guy like me can suffer from “Sports Overload” and I’ll give you just a couple of quick examples. To start with, I am the official photographer for the Willowbrook (High School) Renegades varsity hockey team. I had to cover a game last Saturday night (away game) and the team’s home opening game on Sunday night. This team is the team that my grandson Sam plays on. I also got to a game that grandson Ryan plays on earlier in the afternoon on Saturday. This made for three in-person games in a span of about 28 hours. Last night the Giants beat the Royals in the first game of the World Series but I only caught bits and pieces of it because I was much more interested in the Blackhawks – Philadelphia Flyers NHL game (Hawks won 4-0). I’m also trying to keep up with the NFL games (my Bears were pathetic this past Sunday afternoon) because I am intent on winning the USGlass pickem contest at least one week this season. So as you can see, OVERLOAD is definitely taking place here!!!
Last week’s winner in the NFL “Pickem” contest was Tara Taffera of DWM magazine.
The Quotable Thing
This week’s quote comes from Amy Newling (Allstate) and is, in its own unique way, thought provoking. The quote is credited to columnist George Crane.
“There is no future in any job. The future lies in the person who holds the job.”
Have a Wonderful Week, Everyone!