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Volume 8, Issue 1        January/February 2006

Industry Insiders
   People in the News


Shat R Proof Names Three to New Posts

Shat R Proof Corp., located in Savage, Minn., has appointed Paul Schulte vice president of sales for North America.

Schulte, who joined Shat R Proofís parent company, TCG Inter-national in 1990, has served as VP of sales (U.S.) for Autostock Distribution and marks his return to SRP sales management after a two- year absence.

In his new position, Schulte is responsible for leading the sales efforts for Shat R Proof Corp., which includes SRP Totalseal Adhesives, SRP Surface Restoration Products, and Novus Plastic Polishes. Prior to joining TCG International and SRP, Schulte worked for Ford Motor Co. (now Visteon) in its Glass Division in a variety of national aales and marketing positions.

The company has also promoted David Osland to the position of director of marketing and product development.

In this position, Osland is responsible for leading the marketing and product development branches of Shat R Proof Corp. (SRP Totalseal Adhesives, SRP Surface Restoration Products and Novus Plastic Polishes).

Osland has spent the last four years as product manager for the company. Prior to joining Shat R Proof, he worked with Honeywell International for 10 years where he held a number of marketing and product management positions.

Shat R Proof has also promoted Chad Olson to product line manager for SRP products.

In his new role, Olson manages new product developments, analyzes market op-portunities and provides technical and sales support to SRP sales force and customers. Olson also participates in direct marketing activities for both new and existing customers, and carries out the development and implementation of new training programs for all SRP products.

Olson has worked for Shat R Proof Corp. for the past five years, most recently as SRP technical support specialist.


Skorupa Joins Creative Extruded

Steve Skorupa has joined Tipp City, Ohio-based Creative Extruded Products as the companyís new account manager. He will focus on the automotive aftermarket and other accounts. Skorupa has been in the glass industry since 1996, and has experience with float glass through to the final product. He has worked for Guardian Industries and, most recently, with Dura Automotive Systems as an account manager.



5 Minutes with Tom Dresbach

Tom Dresbach retired on December 31, 2005, after 45 years in the industry. AGRR spoke with him just before his retirement about his career in the AGRR industry and the changes that he has seen over the years.

AGRR: What is your current job title?

TD: Regional manager [at Mygrant Glass] reporting directly to Mike Mygrant.

AGRR: Tell us about your career in the industry.

TD: I started with Shatterproof Glass Corp. in October 1960 in Detroit, Mich., in quality control. I left the company for a short period in 1963, made my way to Southern California in 1964 with Guardian and was re-hired by Shatterproof as its sales representative in Southern California in 1966. I remained in that position until 1972. I was then hired by U. S. Auto Glass to start its California operations. I was in charge of sales and operations and stayed until 1977. That was when West Coast Glass Distributors/National Auto Glass hired me as vice president retail to expand its retail base. In the same year, the company was bought by Glass South Africa, which by necessity, made many changes. We exited retail and stayed in wholesale distribution. I became executive vice president wholesale auto glass distribution and we grew markedly. We were purchased by PPG in 1987 because Solaglas saw more growth potential in retail and became Windshields America. I stayed with Windshields America for a short period and ultimately opened a business wholesaling auto glass. Mygrant Glass Co. bought my business in 1991 and employed me as regional manager for Southern California. 

AGRR: What are the most important changes youíve seen in the industry?

TD: An important change was the introduction of tempered glass to replace flat laminated. It allowed car designers eventually to offer concepts never before considered. It also ensured the place for auto glass distribution. Many more parts were now required to supply needs. 

Auto glass manufacturers entering AG distribution in a large way changed the face of distribution. The independent distributor was forced to buy from its competitor. Yet, in spite of this, the well-run independent thrived. 

With the age of computerization came networks offering claims services to insurance companies. Some would say complete vertical integration. It certainly has been a challenge for the independent retailer.



5 Minutes with Kelli Dimick

Kelli Dimick is auto glass supervisor with Jones Paint & Glass in Cedar City, Utah. She may also be the only auto glass installer who is also a grandmother. AGRR recently spoke with her concerning her career in the industry.

AGRR: When did you get into the auto glass business?

Kelli Dimick: I started working for Jones Paint and Glass in 1993, in the paint department.

AGRR: How did you get into the auto glass business?

KD: My father has a body shop and Iíve always had a great interest in autos, so when the paint shop was slow I would go out back and work with the guys and learn to install. A position opened up sometime in 1995 or Ď96 and I put in for it. My boss was great. He always encouraged me. Anyway, I love it. Iíve always enjoyed working with my hands. I consider myself pretty handy. I must have been given the supervisor position sometime in 1998? Iím not sure. Time has flown by.

AGRR: As auto glass supervisor for Jones Paint and Glass, what are your duties?

KD: Like most department heads, I oversee all aspects of the department. I feel like I have an advantage because I am an installer so I really relate to my installers. I do all purchasing, billing of insurance, accounts and cash customers, scheduling. We stay busy and have a great time most days. I really enjoy working with people and I love my job.

AGRR: You became a grandmother this past June?

KD: Yes, I became a grandmother last June; granddaughter Alexis Faith is yet another beautiful gift in my life. I have truly been blessed. I am married with three almost grown children 15, 20 and 21. My family has been very supportive of my choice in work over the years. I put in a lot of hours some weeks. 

AGRR: What advice do you have for other installers, and specifically, what advice do you have for other women who want to become installers?

KD: My advice to anyone who thinks this might be the thing for them, especially women, is go for it. If you like to tinker, if you take pride in your work and like the accountability of being held responsible for your work, jump in. Every day is really something new. The industry is always changing. And, of course, I think that women have a better eye for detail. Also, itís not a matter of strength. It has to do with training and having the tools and equipment to make your day-to-day duties easier. Work smart, not hard. 

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