“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Elliot

The glass industry has been my home for more than 40 years (yes, I started insanely young). In those 40 years, I’ve grown to love it. I love glass, the building material like no other. I love the people in the industry; most of them are caring, ethical and kind. I love our desire for continuous improvement and advancement. I love what a necessary material glass is and the vital industry that surrounds it.

I love the industry’s zest for innovation. Just compare how much bricks have changed in the last four decades to how much glass has. You can’t. There is no comparison, as bricks are still manufactured in basically the same ways, look the same and have the same characteristics. Not so with glass, which has evolved into a multi-performance product capable of great beauty, function and efficiency.

Our quest for industry advancement continues. In this issue, you’ll see spotlights on new technology such as thin triples (see page 48), advances in decorative glass (page 34) and the use of metal (page 32). You’ll also find the USGlass magazine 40th Annual Guide to New Products. And now that we’ve lifted the COVID veil (or should I say mask) off, research and development departments are again humming, with new products being
created and brought to market. Ellen Rogers and our editorial team have put together an expansive guide that showcases these new products and services. It begins on page 38.

For as much as I love the glass industry, there are, sadly, a few things I don’t like about it. I call them the “Big Five.” They are the inherent problems in the industry, the things we need to fix and make right but somehow haven’t, or the improvements we need to make but don’t. We will explore them all beginning in September. What about you? What do you think are the best (and worst) things about the glass industry? Email me at deb@glass.com, and we can compare lists. All responses are strictly confidential unless you don’t want them to be.

We will start in September for two reasons. First, we already have something planned for the next issue that goes with its content. Second, for this year only, we are combining our July and August issues into one July/August issue. We are doing so because postal schedules have changed so dramatically that we need to adjust our printing schedule. So July and August will be combined for this year only. It’s a special issue, and we have a
few surprises in store. I can’t wait for you to see it. But first, take a look at what’s new. It’s in your hands.

-Deb

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