OGMA Newsletter – April 2020

OGMA Newsletter – April 2020

SAD NEWS: It is with sadness that we bring the news of the passing of a long time contributor to our industry and to the OGMA. ARCHIE McINNES left us on January 21, 2020, following a lengthy struggle with deteriorating health. Archie grew up as the ninth kid in the family on a farm and only got as far as grade nine before embarking on the working world where he made his mark in the glass industry. He got his start in the business with PPG in the early 1960s and moved up to the position of sales manager with Glaverbel Glass in Concord, Ontario in the early 70s. It was there that he met Peter Alexander with whom he eventually teamed up to start Trulite Industries in 1975. Trulite became a huge success story and Archie took great pride in the relationships he made while growing the insulating glass company. He received the prestigious OGMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Archie was an avid golfer, loved business, loved people, and was one of those guys you were always happy to have seen. You’ll be missed Arch.

TOP GLASS: It’s a great way to spend a day to catch up with everybody who’s anybody in the industry, including the big shots from the OGMA. Come rub shoulders, schmooze, attend a seminar, and find out what’s going on. Look for more info in the magazine.

SPRING GOLF: Golf season is just around the corner. Mark Thursday, May 28, 2020, in your calendar now and plan on being out at Piper’s Heath Golf Club in time for lunch that day. Watch your inbox for registration details.

OGMA Newsletter – August 2019

ENERGY SURCHARGES: Please read Frank Fulton’s You Bet Your Glass column then do your part by calling your glass supplier to lobby them to do the right thing by dropping their ESC. Send your feedback to Frank at fultech.fc@gmail.com. FISH ON: Be ready to get on a boat bright an early in Port Credit on […]

The Last Word on ESCs

by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, August 2019 Issue In the last edition we found that starting benchmark values used by glass manufacturers to calculate energy surcharges were far lower than what the actual costs were at the beginning of the surcharge program in 2002, meaning that surcharges can be vastly overstated […]

OGMA Newsletter – June 2019

OGMA President Andrew Dolphin and former director Steve Gusterson had the honour of presenting the prestigious Awards of Excellence at the Top Glass show on April 17. The award for execution was presented to Angelo Cairo of Stouffville Glass for the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study Building at the Schulich School of Business at […]

The Smoking Gun of Energy Surcharges

by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, June 2019 Issue Energy surcharges – the smoking gun In the last edition we took an overview look at the business ethics of adding service fees and the energy surcharge (ESC) on glass products. We questioned why there is such a wide ranging discrepancy between the […]

Passing of Bernie Leaman

Passing of Bernie Leaman August 2, 1936 – May 12, 2019 It is with sadness that OGMA shares the news of the passing of our friend and former royalty of the architectural metal industry in Canada. In our business, occasionally you will come across people who made a real impact on the industry. One of […]

Why Does This Industry Accept Arbitrary Surcharges?

by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, April 2019 Issue Corporate entities are a lot like governments when they impose a tax. I’m sick and tired of being gouged. Administration fees, facility fees, set up fees, convenience charges, baggage fees, event service fees…call them what you will, they’re all just a means of […]

OGMA Newsletter – April 2019

The OGMA voted in its new board for 2019 at its meeting on February 28. Here are your leaders for the next year: Andrew Dolphin, president (BV Glazing); Jeff Makimoto, vice-president (TAGG Industries); Brian Wiles, treasurer (Walker Glass); and Lee Baker, secretary. The Spring Seminar takes place April 12, 2019, at the Richmond Hill Golf […]

CSC Building Expo 2019

The Ontario Glass & Metal Association invites its members to attend CSC Building Expo, Canada’s longest-running technical trade show for architects, designers, developers, engineers, facility managers, specification writers, and construction professionals. The show takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on February 27, 2019. This year’s theme is Construction, Connectivity, and Wellness. WHY SHOULD […]

The History of Glass

by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, February 2019 Issue This column so happens to mark the 10th anniversary of yours truly. This column just so happens to mark the 10th anniversary of yours truly penning You Bet Your Glass for Glass Canada magazine. One of my favourite columns over the years was also […]