If you live on the East Coast between
Philadelphia and Caroline County, Va., you can stop reading here, because
you lived it. In those areas and our own D.C. suburb of Stafford, Va.,
we received all-time record-breaking, massive amounts of snow just one
week ago. At right, you can see a picture of my backyard. What is most
notable about it is that the fence in the photo is six feet high. That
should give you an idea of the amount of white stuff with which we were
left to deal.
Now to those of you who deal with this type of snowfall all the time and
are chuckling, I have just one thing to say: of course you are chuckling,
you deal with this all the time. You have things like high-powered plows
and Caterpillars. We have to call out the National Guard. Your schools
maybe open an hour or two late. Ours closed Friday, February 5, and 11
days later they were still closed due to the snow. Our offices were closed
for four days because you couldn’t get here from anywhere.
I learned a bunch of things from the snow. I learned that, even though
it is beautiful and is generally good for the glass business, there really
can be an event that brings too much of a good thing. I learned that the
ancient Greeks were right and their dictum “nothing in excess” holds true
But the most important thing I learned from the snow was something I already
knew. I’m writing this on Sunday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, and beginning
at 9 a.m. this morning a team of the absolute best people in the world
you could work with descended on our offices to put this issue to bed.
Because of their efforts, you should get it toward the end of the month
as you normally do. What the snow taught me, reminded me really, was how
in the end it all comes down to people. People make or break a company.
And I feel fortunate I get to work with some of the most professional,
dedicated people around. There’s more to this story, but that will have
to wait until next month.
Two other quick notes: On page
15 you’ll see news that USGlass magazine has been named a finalist
in the prestigious Jesse Neal Awards—the Pulitzer Prize of business-to-business
journalism. We are honored to be one of only three finalists in the “best
feature article category.” Congratulations to editor Megan Headley and
author Tara Taffera.
I also hope to see you at Glass Expo Midwest ’10 in Chicago next month.
It should be a great event and even includes a tour of the famed “Ledge”
in Chicago. For more details see page
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