Volume 48, Issue 12- December 2013
Two Decorative Glass Veterans Collaborate to Form Consulting Group
Stew Langer says it’s an idea that’s been 20 years in the making, one driven in large part by a growing interest in decorative glass products.
Langer and his good friend, industry veteran Keith Elliott, made their dream a reality this summer when they formed the consulting group, Surface Elements LLC. They and a group of collaborating partners with distinct technical expertise hope to bring their years of industry knowledge on site to “advise and assist” glass shops and fabricators in production of decorative products.
“It’s a whole lot easier to begin a business with little overhead and with your knowledge as capital,” Langer says. “We’ve essentially formed a consulting group helping out those folks who want to pay an expert to come on-site to help.
“To the best of my knowledge, there is not another service like this in the industry,” Langer says.
Langer and Elliott are both deeply connected and extremely knowledgeable of the decorative glass field. Langer is the founder of UroGlass Design LLC and general manager of Stained Glass & Design Co. of Kansas City, Mo. Elliott founded both the Cast Products Group Inc. and Coral Decorative Products Inc., while also serving as production manager for both Joel Berman Glass Studios and UltraGlas.
The two men “bring to the table years of experience in cast glass technique and mold making, glass paint and coatings process, lamination, glass etching and carving, fusing glass slabs, edging, quality control and more,” according to a company release.
“We think it’s a good move,” Elliott says. “What we offer could put you in business a lot quicker, so, hopefully, there’s a need for this sort of thing. It’s just one more thing to add to the repertoire of things we do.”
The firm will offer assistance in equipment sourcing, set-up, process, troubleshooting, sales, and scaling for optimum profitability as part of its portfolio of services.
Chief among Elliott’s primary aims is to make the growing field of decorative glass more affordable.
“The only way to do that is to have more people doing it,” he says.
“I’m hoping we can really make a difference,” Elliott adds, “and also enjoy ourselves because we like what we do.”
Pulp Studio Expands Privacy Glass Ops
Pulp Studio has a new 8,000-square-foot facility in Los Angeles and will produce its Switchlite Privacy Glass at the new plant.
“We are transforming the privacy glass industry to become more of a science and less of an art,” says company founder Bernard Lax. “Our goal in opening this facility is to create standards with hard data, and make sure that every piece of glass that leaves here meets those standards.”
Banom Receives Award for Cut-Resistant Gloves
Banom, a manufacturer of cut-resistant gloves and safety apparel in Malvern, Pa., and a DSM Dyneema global licensee, received the Frost & Sullivan 2013 North American Product Leadership Award in cut-resistant gloves. Banom’s gloves for workers in the glass and sheet metal industries are constructed with proprietary high tenacity filament yarns incorporating high-performance materials such as MaxPly® with Dyneema® and TriMax® with Dyneema®.
According to the report, Banom not only uses innovative yarns that protect against cutting hazards from knives, razor blades, sheet metal and glass, they also demonstrate superiority over competing products in the market in terms of dexterity, comfort and tactility. Special coatings provide enhanced grip and reduce hand fatigue. Banom also received praise for designing gloves for specific end uses and for employing application testing for its gloves rather than a simple standard cut test, according to an announcement.
Banom also received USGlass magazine’s 2013 Product of the Year award for best safety product. Turn to page 84 to read more.