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The Post-Sandy Road to Recovery

by JSG31. July 2013 11:02

When Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Northeast this past fall, it left unimaginable devastation in its wake. Cities and communities were washed out and the effects of it were—to many in its path—a disaster. 

Some of those storm-related statistics, according to this article, are:

  • Businesses in the affected areas lost a combined $25,000,000,000
  • 8,100,000 homes lost power in 17 states
  • Sandy’s diameter measured 820 miles when it touched down in Atlantic City
  • New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island residents were forced to ration gas for 15, 11, and 9 days, respectively

However, out of disasters, help and heroism often emerge. The road to recovery is far from its end, but people are still fervently rebuilding—and helping each other rebuild. Recently, volunteers from as far as Colorado, working for Habitat for Humanity, arrived in Bergen County, NJ, to clean up, repair, and rebuild homes damaged in the storm.

President Obama, when visiting the Jersey Shore on Memorial Day, stated “Now, we all understand there’s still a lot of work to be done…there are homes to rebuild. There are businesses to reopen. But thanks to the hard work of an awful lot of people, we’ve got wonderful shops and restaurants and arcades that are opening their doors.”

We’ve seen it personally at Jeannette Specially Glass. We’ve had a huge amount of customers coming to us in need of large quantities of our Rodeo Drive product line for industrial and commercial outdoor lighting. They are replacing lighting throughout parks, city streets, and recreation areas around the region, following the devastation the storm wrought on their areas’ lighting.

As such, we are grateful that all of these customers from Pennsylvania and surrounding regions are choosing to support local, “Made in the USA” businesses, and we are proud and happy to provide them with the quality products they deserve.

While there’s still much to be done, we know everyone will come out ahead as we all continue to rebuild. 

Industry has been Showing Up

by JSG11. July 2013 09:18

Lights, camera, action…it has certainly felt like that for us here at Jeannette Specialty Glass recently, as we have been attending a few industry trade shows this spring. It’s always intriguing for us not only to showcase our products, but to see what our colleagues are working on, as well as learn about any new and emerging technologies that will certainly impact the industry.

Back in April, we attended the LightFair in Philadelphia, where new plasma companies were attending and exhibiting. At the show, we learned of a new lighting invention that is sure to become the industry’s newest and biggest trend. As plasma lighting is brighter than any other lighting source and is more energy efficient than even LED, it certainly looks as if plasma will become the “it” lighting source—especially as it is becoming more cost-effective. Why are we excited about this prospect? With the way energy is pushed through the lighting source, the plasma gives off more heat. If the wave of the lighting future, plasma will adapt well to our glass lighting options since our glass can withstand heat and thermal shock! Not only is the prospect of plasma lighting eliciting excitement through the industry, but so is the act of re-shoring—at the show, we were all able to see how much business is coming back to the States!

Later on, we attended the Kitchen & Bath Show that took place in New Orleans. While we took a year off in exhibiting this year, since we are busy working on a new product design development, we were excited to see the newest and latest in kitchen and bath designs. We even learned that there has been a 10% increase for home sales and the home improvement industry increasing, with a 20% increase for the kitchen and bath sector! There is even more of a buzz for next year’s show—as an industry first, the kitchen and bath industries (including showroom and retail outlets) will be exhibiting aside the home building industry (contractors and builders). We are looking forward to that event!

With these trends and tidbits we uncovered at our spring trade shows, we are certainly looking forward to the future of the industry and what else is in store!

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