From what I see, the industry is approaching capital investments...

Christina Lewellen
September 12, 2007
THE TALK...

Aside from the concrete floors and florescent lighting, trade shows are pretty cool environments. For me, trade shows mean reuniting with my industry contacts, learning new things and listening to exhibitors talk about what fires them up the most—their product offerings and how business is going.

There’s a lot more buzzing this week at GlassBuild America than just equipment being demonstrated on the floor. I’m hearing a lot about the state-of-the-industry. And while the big “when will it be over” question looms, I’ve discovered that plenty of manufacturers are whipping out their checkbooks to make capital investments while they’ve got the time to replace outdated equipment without interrupting production. Simpler machines like saws and corner cleaners are tired from the gangbuster years and many producers are looking for additional ways to cut costs. The market will come back, the industry says, and some manufacturers will be ready. Are you one?
Send me an e-mail and tell me if you’re shopping while there’s time to browse.

For poll results and industry feedback about this topic, click to the next page, and read Page 2 of “The Talk...”

Contact Christina Lewellen, senior editor, at clewellen@glass.org.

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