September 2014 Newsletter

September 2014

Defying the odds

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 44 percent of small businesses make it past four years of operation. We learned from Matthew Rock's online article at, business lifespans have been dwindling for the past 60 years. As of mid-2013, the average lifespan was "just 18 years" and these were S&P 500 companies. A friend of ours had a business one day, and the next day he closed. Financial obligations, personnel issues, competition -- these factors play significant roles in how well a business operates and for how long.

John typically composes our newsletters, but the next few paragraphs are from Bernard F. Boyd's perspective.



If you look at Boyd Glass, we've enjoyed 36 years of successful glassmaking during a rather precarious time for American-made products. What many of our collectors may not realize is that this venture was our second careers. I started out as a barber and Sue worked in the produce department for the Kroger Company. During those years, we were also raising two children. Parenting is a career, so owning Boyd Glass makes this our third career. How many Americans can point to a career that spanned 60 years, and required three very different skill sets? How blessed we have been. I was able to work alongside my father for ten years, work alongside my son for 32 years, and with my supportive wife for 59 years. During recent weeks, we've welcomed visitors to our showroom and introduced our glass to some new collectors. Our guests are inquisitive and some old-time friends sheepishly pose the question: "So what happens next?" We look forward to walking on the beach in southern Florida. We await a Skype call from two of our grandchildren who now work in China. We catch the late day's sunrays as they filter onto our backyard deck. We read books and talk with friends. We learn how to maneuver around the latest technology. For a man who's always used his hands for work, I can boast that I have an iPad and can keep abreast of the day's events. We are in reasonably good health for our age, but we're mindful of what we must do to remain healthy. Our moulds have found a new home, without our signature Diamond B mark; some tools will arrive in glass classrooms in universities or in private studios. The once-loaded chemical room has been emptied, and some remaining boxes of glass grace our shelves or storage building. Yes, we still have glass to buy: in-person or from our website. We've never sold "seconds" and we're proud of the legacy we continued. Larger glass operations have shuttered in the past forty years, but we kept the kiln going and it's been the most rewarding time of our lives. Thank you for being a part of our adventure.



Because of the overwhelming response, we decided to extend our Customer Appreciation special through September. By entering the code "thanks" on the website, your glass purchase will be reduced by half. No quotes are needed just the letters, t h a n k s . If you call to order, just tell Traci you read about it in the newsletter.


Additionally, we lowered the regular prices on Freddie, Little Joe, Patrick and the Willie. These moulds now have the starting price of $5.00 each. All are moulds that Boyd Glass created. The Freddie is a hobo clown. The Little Joe is a horse. The Patrick is a balloon bear named after Patrick Boyd. And the Willie is a small mouse.

We will gladly add names or cross them off our list - just email us