Scott Thomsen to Lead Guardian’s North American Flat Glass Operations
Guardian Industries in Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced that Scott
Thomsen has taken on the role of group vice president for North American
flat glass operations, a new position at the company, as of March 1. Thomsen
will oversee all aspects of its North American flat glass including facilities,
fabrication, marketing, sales, financial, business development and services.
Additionally, he will continue to oversee the company’s research and development
activity at the Science and Technology Center in Carleton, Mich.
“We’re all trying to step up to the plate after Bill Davidson’s passing,”
explains Russell Ebeid, Glass Group president and chairman of the
board. Davidson, who led Guardian for more than 50 years, passed away
in March 2009 (see April 2009 USGlass, page 14, for more). As a result,
organizational responsibilities are being shifted, giving Thomsen a role
in leading North American functions for the glass group and Ebeid a broader
role overseeing worldwide operations, as well as responsibilities as chairman
of the board.
Among Thomsen’s first priorities was to establish a North American flat
glass leadership team, which includes:
• Martin Powell, vice president of sales and marketing;
• Jim West, senior director of channel and business development;
• Jim Pettis, senior director of North American fabrication facilities;
• Joe Bruce, vice president of flat glass services.
YKK Creates New Positions for Commercial Business
YKK AP America in Austell, Ga., has created two new positions to reinforce
and expand its brands. Mike Gilbert is the new brand manager
of the hurricane and blast mitigation line of commercial products, ProTek.
David Warden is the new brand manager of the enerGfacade fenestration
Gilbert joined YKK AP in 1993 as a customer service representative and
for the past 12 years has helped Georgia’s architects and glazing contractors
in his position of architectural sales representative.
Before his assignment to enerGfacade brand manager, Warden held numerous
positions at YKK AP, including product marketing engineer, applications
engineer and special projects engineer.
Harmon Promotes Two VPs
Harmon Inc. announced that Chad Hoffmann has been promoted to vice
president of operations, and Robby Sauls to vice president of contract
Hoffmann had been Harmon director of operations since December 2008, having
previously served as general manager, operations manager and senior project
Sauls had been director of contract sales for the eastern United States
since January 2009. He previously had served as a Harmon general manager
since 2000, having joined the company in Atlanta in 1999 as a project
Edgetech Promotes Two, Appoints One
Bruce Hodges has been appointed to quality engineer at Edgetech
I.G.’s Cambridge, Ohio, facility. Hodges brings more than 22 years of
related experience to his new role, most recently as manufacturing engineering
manager for Visteon Corp. Hodges has spent 22 years with multiple manufacturing
companies in various roles related to project management, process engineering
and operations management.
Lance Lund has been appointed regional sales manager for the Southwest,
including Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico. Lunde comes to the
company with previous sales experience in the fenestration industry, including
four years as an
Edgetech manufacturer’s representative in the Northwest.
Ramsey Bader has been promoted to director, international sales
and marketing, covering the company’s expansion efforts in various markets,
including all international areas outside of the Americas, Europe and
United Kingdom. Bader has been with the company since 2003, most recently
as international market manager.
Erick Sharp is now quality manager for manufacturing operations
in the United Kingdom. In this one-year assignment, Sharp will be responsible
for quality assurance and launching silicone product production at the
England, location. Sharp joined Edgetech in 2002 as an engineering technician.
Vitro America™ Announces Organizational Changes
Vitro America has announced organizational changes at its Memphis headquarters.
Luis Gonzalez, president of Vitro America since 2003, left Vitro
last month. Throughout his 25-year career, Gonzalez has held positions with
both the glass container and flat glass divisions in different capacities.
Arturo Carrillo has been promoted to president. Carrillo’s career
with Vitro spans seven years. He has held positions in strategic planning
and has served as chief financial officer since 2005.
In addition, Vitro Vidrio y Cristal in Monterrey, Mexico, has appointed
Flat Glass Sales LLC of Okatie, S.C., as its representative in the territory
East of the Rockies. Members of the sales group include Jim Charles,
who served as director of sales and marketing for Vitro America before retiring
in 2007, Jake Hall and Jim Charles III, who together have
more than 115 years of experience in sales and marketing in the glass industry.
According to a company announcement, the sales team will be responsible
for selling and promoting Vitro’s direct truckload sales of flat glass products
to fabricators, distributors and window manufacturers.
Morrison Named President, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems
Glen G. Morrison is set to become president of Alcoa Building and Construction
Systems, succeeding David W. Schlendorf, who will retire following
a 39-year career with the company. Morrison previously served as president
of Kawneer North America, part of Alcoa’s Building and Construction Systems
Morrison joined the company in 1991 as sales and marketing director for
Kawneer UK. He progressed to marketing director for Alcoa Building &
Construction Systems, then general manager of the Alcoa Architectural Products
unit of Building & Construction Systems. In 2005, he was named president,
Kawneer North America.
In related news, Diana Perreiah has assumed the role of vice president
of business operations for Kawneer North America. Perreiah has been with
Alcoa since 1986, most recently having managed extrusion operations in North
Robert Holcombe has been appointed director of product development
for North America. Holcombe has been with the company for 31 years and has
held a variety of positions in sales and product management.
The company also has announced several additions to its sales team: Paul
Clayton, Fred Weidner, Joyce Howard and Christopher
Keller all will serve as architectural sales representatives; Clayton
will represent Southern Ontario while Weidner will be responsible for New
The Wagner Companies Appoint Director of Architectural Glass
Milwaukee-based Wagner Co. has created the new position of director of
architectural glass systems and appointed Andrew Chatfield to take
on these new responsibilities. Chatfield has more than 25 years of technical
and sales management experience in the international glass hardware industry.
In his new position, Chatfield will be involved with the strategic growth
of the company’s newly created department. He will focus on stainless
steel, structural glass assembly products produced by Linox Technology.
Quality Metalcrafts/Americlad™ Announces Sales Team Addition
Quality Metalcrafts LLC/Americlad™ in Rogers, Minn., has announced the
addition of Paul Millslagle to its sales team.
Millslagle joins the company with more than a decade of sales experience
in the architectural construction industry. His duties include calling
on key customers and architects throughout the country.
Janssen Becomes Venture’s National Sales Manager
Venture Tape Corp., a subsidiary of 3M, has named Theo Janssen
as national sales manager of its fenestration and building products product
divisions. Janssen previously managed a number of industrial and construction
product groups for 3M, and he has more than 25 years of sales and marketing
experience in the industry.
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