Shortages are becoming a seemingly popular issue these days. From soap shortages to gas shortages, we have seen more in the past 12 months to even keep track. But now, we have one that is hitting really close to our KC home: a glass shortage.
As you may or may not have heard, the glass shortage is floating into 2021, causing an upset in numerous industries. Due to various factors, including the global pandemic and international tariffs, glass is becoming harder to find and more expensive to purchase.
Unfortunately, due to the recent global pandemic, various factories and manufacturers have had to put a halt to or slow down glass production, making it extremely difficult to meet demands that are currently being placed. Getting back on their feet after being closed or at minimum production for so long can be extremely difficult, especially if they aren’t at normal work capacity due to health and safety guidelines. And now, with the COVID-19 vaccines being a top priority to both the public and the health industry, the abundance of glass that is being dedicated to the cause is lessening the amount even more for other industries. Thus, the shortage.
The glass shortage will definitely affect the construction industry. Already impacted from the lumber and labor shortage combined with the heightened prices over the last 12 months, the construction industry has taken continuous hits during the pandemic. Over the shut-down period, people were investing both time and money to rebuild or remodel their homes, creating a need for supplies. However, with the decrease in production and the increase in demand, it has been difficult for the industry to keep up. Now, with the difficulty to find and obtain glass, the industry is being set back considerably again.
From alcohol companies to car manufacturers, all types of businesses are taking the hit because of this issue. As a window and glass company, we are obviously feeling the pressure. Our number one supplier has warned us about unavailability, price increases, and extended lead times — all impacting our ability to serve our customers at our normal efficiency.
It isn’t the first time a glass shortage has happened, and it certainly will not be the last. Here at KC, we are anxiously waiting to see the impact this shortage will have on our business, but we will continue to stay hopeful that the situation will turn around sooner than later. With our customers being our first priority, we will try to provide the best service possible amidst the challenges we are all facing.
We will be sure to keep you updated on the situation to the best of our abilities. We want to thank you for your continued support and patience, and we will strive to do our best and continue offering great products and even greater experiences.