Update on Glass Supply Challenges
In March 2015, OGMA released a bulletin to its members to make them aware that glass supply was anticipated to become a challenge and more costly due to double-digit increases in demand in the United States, the reduction of glass production capacity in North America, an escalating U.S. dollar, and a severe shortage of transportation capacity. Many glazing contractors and fabricators have noted that standard glass products have not been a huge problem, but that getting some high-performance and specialty products has been difficult at times.
Viracon, one of the largest glass fabricators in the U.S., recently released an open letter to the industry to make users aware that glass supply in 2016 may be more stressed. They also identify actions that can be taken to help alleviate the effects of these potential shortages on your projects. Click here to read their press release.
For companies in the glazing contracting industry, it will be critical to proactively forward plan your projects to lock in your glass supply, pricing, and delivery. It will also be prudent to let your contractors and architects know that they will not have the luxury of delaying decisions on the glass for their projects as they will almost surely expect delays in closing.
– Frank Fulton
OGMA/WSPS Health & Safety Policy Manual
With the constantly changing laws and regulations regarding workplace safety and workers health, a glazing contractor owner or manager cannot possibly stay up to date and in compliance without the assistance of a professional in this field. To address this province-wide industry need, the Ontario Glass & Metal Association teamed up with the Workplace Safety […]
A Chance for Change
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, October 2015 Issue You may recall that in the June 2015 issue we discussed the press release from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General where the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP had been appointed to conduct an expert review of the Construction Lien […]
OGMA Newsletter – October 2015
The legal review of the Construction Lien Act is now well underway and an information package has been completed by the legal review group for distribution. The outcome of this review could be the most important piece of legislation in decades and could make a huge difference in your ability to be paid for work. […]
Construction Lien Act Review: Prompt Payment Ontario Survey Deadline Extended
OGMA members, The deadline for completing the PPO survey has been extended by one week and is now due by no later than October 2. The response from the OGMA membership has been disappointing. I urge you to take the time to do the survey NOW. Your input will go a long way to improving […]
OGMA Newsletter – August 2015
The Ontario Attorney General has commissioned a review of the Construction Lien Act. The OGMA has approached the commission to present the concerns of our industry to the review panel. In addition, we have invested $10,000 with an organization of construction trade associations called Prompt Payment Ontario, which was formed for the sole purpose of […]
In the Stretch Run
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, August 2015 Issue It was a way back in February 2010 when I penned that hard hitting journalistic gem about our cronies expedition to Las Vegas to commemorate the 60th birthday of good, old Brian Wiles. You may recall the good natured banter about Brian and our trip […]
Seeking Prompt Payment
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, June 2015 Issue A bid for fairness A full year has now passed since Bill 69 was set aside by the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills of the Ontario Legislative Assembly. You may recall that Bill 69, named the Prompt Payment Act 2014, was […]
AODA: Are You in Compliance?
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, February 2015 Issue In November, the Ontario Glass & Metal Association hosted a multi-topic seminar where the 65 people who attended took away a ton of informative, valuable and eye opening information. David Thompson and John Hodder, building science specialists with Entuitive Corporation discussed “Positioning Glass […]
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, October 2014 Issue It’s no small feat managing a manufacturing and glazing contracting business in today’s construction market. It’s a tough business with no shortage of landmines, challenges and highs and lows, but Tony Menecola, president of Applewood Glass and Mirror Inc., has been winning the […]