By: Allen Anderson / August 27, 2015

The United States glass supplier industry generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. That is not to say that being a successful glass supplier is an easy feat. The glass industry faces a number of challenges including the effects of changing economic conditions, a highly saturated market, advanced technological innovation and growing environmental concerns. In an effort to become a key player in this space and fight out competition, glass suppliers will need to overcome these obstacles.

Economic Conditions

The glass industry is largely dependent on the health of the economy and current market conditions. While this is favorable during a booming economy, an economic downturn can leave lasting, harmful effects. The recession of 2008 halted the majority of both residential and commercial construction, largely affecting the glass industry. Contractors weren’t building, which in turn meant there was little to no demand for glass. The industry has since experienced slow recovery, only recently seeing small growth. However, things are looking up. Growth is projected to pick up this year, and in subsequent years, due to the increase in construction activity, especially within commercial construction market.

High Competition

There is very high market concentration in the glass industry in densely populated urban centers. These areas experience the most construction growth, making them prime locations for glass suppliers. The downside of such saturated markets in highly developed areas is that the competition is everywhere. Contractors have a surplus of glass suppliers to choose from, so it comes down to being the best in the business. In order to succeed, glass suppliers need to set themselves apart from the competition through high quality products, aggressive pricing, world-class customer service and technological innovation.

Technological Innovation

Glass products are constantly changing. Staying ahead of the technological innovation is crucial. To keep up with the competition, suppliers need to invest a significant amount of time and money into research and development to bring new innovative products to market, enhance the recyclability of each product and improve the energy efficiencies involved in glass manufacturing. While maintaining the status quo is the easiest and most cost-effective solution, glass suppliers will fall quickly behind competitors that are maintaining a lead in R&D.

Environmental Concerns

The manufacturing of glass requires a significant amount of high-temperature energy. Every glass supplier is posed with the issue of trying to keep energy usage to a minimum in an effort to stay as environmentally friendly as possible. Not only do companies want to stay energy efficient to remain environmentally conscious, but also to keep production costs down. Energy accounts for a significant share of production costs when manufacturing glass, so it is of utmost importance to ensure energy efficiency when striving to decrease overhead costs.

In today’s economy, the glass industry is experiencing growth, and suppliers and contractors alike are reaping the benefits. However, the dependency on the volatile market conditions makes the glass industry very unpredictable. In order to combat that issue and rise above competition, glass suppliers must heavily focus on technological innovation and environmental efficiencies.

By: Allen Anderson / August 13, 2015

One of the best products for weatherproofing is Dow Corning® Contractors Weatherproofing Sealant. Dow Corning® is a silicone company that designs products from aviation to construction to oil and gas. Their silicone-based products are popular amongst glass contractors due to the following reasons:

1) Applicable (and Primerless) On Most Surfaces

Contractors Weatherproofing sealant can be applied on most surfaces without a primer, which is great for time efficiency. Furthermore, Albion’s cordless guns can increase your productivity. For best results you should use a silicone-based primer before applying the sealant to ensure for best adhesion quality to non-porous materials.

2) Weather Resistance

Dow Corning® Contractors Weatherproofing Sealant is weather resistant, meaning it will repel water, minerals, pollution, and other invasive materials. That being said, if any section of applied sealant is damaged, be sure to replace it as soon as possible. The Dow Corning® 123 Silicone Seal is perfect for repairs due to its simplicity.

3) Same-Day Pickup

If your order is made online with Smalley and Company, you can pick up your order on the same day. Due to Smalley’s high levels of inventory, and our nine distribution centers across the Southwestern United States, we can maintain a high level of inventory to provide for a wide range of construction needs.

4) Choice of Color

Dow Corning® Contractors Weatherproofing sealant comes in over 20 standard colors ranging from ivory to transparent. There are also 19 made-to-order colors, as well as custom colors. The multitude of choices for colors provides for more customization in your projects to keep your completed project unique and exciting.

5) Packaging Size(s)

These products come in three different sizes depending on your project’s needs. They are packaged in:
• 10.3 fluid ounce canisters (12 per case)
• 20 fluid ounce “sausage packs” (16 per case)
• 2 gallon pails

6) Long Shelf Life

One of the best qualities of Dow Corning® Weatherproofing sealant, is its one year. This feature helps limit the amount of wasted product, while also keeping expenses low. If any weatherproofing product is left over after the construction’s completion, they can be stored until a new job comes along, or until repairs need to be made.

Dow Corning® is an industry leader in silicone products, and their weatherproofing sealant reflects that fact. If you have any questions about an upcoming project, or a certain product, make sure you contact us.