Subscribe to USGNN!

USGNN Original StoryGood News for Some Glass Companies? House Votes Against Bailout Measures

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 228-205 today to not accept legislation designed to prevent potential economic meltdown. Under the Bush Administration's proposed $700 billion bailout plan, the U.S. Treasury would have purchased difficult-to-sell assets, such as troubled mortgage-backed securities, from banks and other financial institutions. According to, not enough House members "were willing to take the political risk just five weeks before an election."

The House's vote against the bailout comes as good news for some glass industry companies. Moments before the House's decision was announced, Jack Carter, president of Carter Glass Co. Inc. in Springfield, Mo., told™ that he saw the bailout as a mistake. He said it seemed as though the government was attempting to follow the same path it did in the 1920s and 1930s and the government should learn from history.

And as far as the glass industry specifically, Carter said companies have already been hit with price increases this year, "and more are on the way."

"Historically, ¼-inch clear glass has cost $1.50-$1.75, depending on the supplier. Right now it's running around $2.25 to $2.46 from a price increase issued at the beginning of September," says Carter. "So we've seen huge increases in inflation there."

Other groups, such as the Aluminum Association, spoke out in support of the proposed legislation. The group issued a statement today saying, "The bi-partisan agreement … is an important step forward to ensure market fluidity." The association had commented that passing the legislation would safeguard the market's ability to support businesses and consumers.

But for Carter, not passing the legislation is the only way to go.

"I don't know of any other solution then to let the failed businesses fail," he says. "I see no reason to reward greed, and that's what caused them to fail to begin with."

Need more info and analysis about the issues?
CLICK HERE to subscribe to USGlass magazine.