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May/June 2002


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Strong Relocates to Tokyo
JAYSTRONG Asahi Glass, which is based in Tokyo, has named Jay N. Strong, the former president of Florence, Ky.-based AP Technoglass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi, as president of its global automotive strategic business unit. Strong has relocated to Tokyo to take up his new responsibilities.

The new assignment came shortly after Asahi announced that it had initiated a public stock tender offer for 90 percent of Glaverbel S.A. Asahi expects the new streamlined organization to improve customer service and operating efficiency.


Castleberry Named Western Sales Manager
Dow Automotive/Essex ARG of Dayton, Ohio, has named Bill Castleberry to the position of Western sales manager. In this position, Castleberry will be responsible for all automotive replacement glass product sales, service, sales development and supervision, including activities relating to new product introductions for the company in the Western United States and Canada. He will be based in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Previously, Castleberry served as sales manager for Burco Mirrors, and before that, he was the sales manager for ADCO Products’ aftermarket automotive replacement glass products division.  


IGA Elects New Officers
The Independent Glass Association (IGA), which is based in Idyllwild, Calif., has elected its officers for the next three-year term, as follows: Kurt Muller, board president; Marc Anderson, board vice president; and Bob Steben, board secretary/treasurer.


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