COMINGS AND GOINGS
Quanex Announces Management Changes Resulting from Acquisition
Quanex Building Products has announced several management changes in its
Engineered Products Group (EPG) as a result of the company’s recent purchase
of Edgetech I.G.
August (Gus) Coppola will assume the role of senior vice president,
corporate development, chairman and chief executive officer of Quanex
Building Products. He is now responsible for managing the company’s acquisition
process, along with its solar adhesives and aftermarket businesses. Coppola
previously served as senior vice president for Quanex Building Products
and was responsible for launching Project Nexus, a company initiative
that brought together the sales and marketing teams of EPG’s three disparate
fenestration businesses: Mikron, Truseal and Homeshield. Prior to that,
he was president of Truseal Technologies.
Michael Hovan, who previously served as president of Edgetech,
will assume the role of senior vice president, sales and marketing for
the EPG. He is now responsible for the EPG’s national and regional sales
initiatives and also oversees Edgetech’s international operations and
global sales. Hovan, who served as president of Edgetech from 2000 to
2011, spent 17 years at Edgetech’s parent company, Lauren International.
George Wilson will assume the role of general manager of Edgetech.
In this role, he is now responsible for Edgetech’s U.S. operations. Wilson
was with Lauren International for two years and held senior positions
in human resources and operations. Prior to joining Lauren, Wilson spent
15 years with Federal Mogul, a global manufacturer of automotive and power
All three report directly to Quanex Building Products chairman and chief
executive officer David Petratis.
Arkema Hires Market Development Manager for PVC Additives
Arkema Inc. has appointed John Pruett as market development manager
for the company’s functional additives division. Pruett is responsible
for developing the company’s new acrylic Plastistrength® and Durastrength®
business with a strong focus in the rigid PVC and cellular PVC foam and
profile markets. He also will lead new marketing efforts for both processing
aids and impact modifiers.
Pruett has more than 10 years of marketing and business development experience
through various positions at CertainTeed/Saint-Gobain, Principia Partners,
Propex and more recently through his own industrial market research and
advisory services firm Radnor Research and Advisory Services LLC.
Window World Names New President
Window World has promoted Dana Deem to president. Deem has held
a leadership role at Window World since he joined the company in 2004.
He most recently served as vice president of sales, where he directed
sales strategy and operations. Previously, he worked for 21 years in sales,
purchasing and management for Lowe’s Home Improvement.
Deem succeeds Blair Ingle, who has served as president of the company
since July 2009.
Tyler Promoted at DMSi
DMSi has promoted Dane Tyler to general manager of productivity
solutions. In this role, he will be responsible for providing customers
with additional tools to achieve growth and profitability.
Tyler has been with DMSi since 2004, when it acquired his company, Lumber-Pro
Software. Tyler had served as president of Lumber-Pro.
Daukas Named Vice President of Operations for Gorell
Gorell Windows and Doors has named Steve Daukas vice president
of operations. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of operations,
including production, safety, scheduling, quality, engineering, shipping
and maintenance. Daukas’ primary focus is to upgrade the company’s operations
area and assist president Brian Zimmerman in implementing a lean
Daukas has more than 30 years experience in operations and manufacturing
and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, certified as a Lean Master and
Gorell also has named two new regional sales managers. Carol Leonard
now serves the state of Texas in this role, and David Brown is responsible
for sales in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, and parts of
Tennessee and Missouri.
Lincoln Owner and Co-Founder Jane Bierman Passes Away
Jane Bierman, the co-founder and owner of Lincoln Windows and Timeline
Vinyl Windows in Merrill, Wis., passed away on April 28. She was 91, and
had been actively involved in running the company until she suffered a
stroke earlier this year.
Bierman and her husband, Carl Bierman, founded Lincoln Wood Products Inc.
in 1947. Together, they began manufacturing many types of wood products
and components, and, in the 1960s, the company evolved to become a manufacturer
of complete wood window and patio door systems. In 1994, the Biermans
established Timeline Vinyl Products Inc., an all-vinyl window manufacturer,
to complement Lincoln’s wood line of products. Carl Bierman preceded his
wife in death in 2002.
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