Volume 10, Issue 1 - January/February 2008

industry insiders
people in the news

Archinaco Rejoins PPG as President, CEO, Auto Glass and Services
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has announced that Frank A. Archinaco has rejoined the company as president and chief executive officer of the company’s auto glass and services businesses.

“Frank’s deep experience in the automotive glass business will serve us well as we continue to explore strategic alternatives for this business,” says Charles E. Bunch, PPG chairman and chief executive officer.

Archinaco was appointed vice president, automotive original equipment manufacture (OEM) glass, in 1986; assumed responsibility for PPG’s total glass business in 1994; and was elected executive vice president in 1997. He retired from PPG as executive vice president for glass and chemicals in 2002.He returns to PPG after Platinum Equity, to whom the company had intended to sell its auto glass business, announced it was attempting to terminate the deal (see related story on page 10).

Kellman Celebrates 90th Birthday
Legendary auto glass entrepreneur Joe Kellman celebrated his 90th birthday (a year early) in December at the newly opened Kellman Community Center in the North Lawndale section of Chicago.

Approximately 300 people, including sports figures such as Gayle Sayers, Richard Dent and Mike Pyle, attended, along with a roster of well-known politicians and businessmen and long-time auto glass industry executives including Dale Schenian and Gary Turner and former Globe employee Gladys Lazar.

Kellman was owner and president of Globe Glass and Mirror and the USA Glass Network before selling his company to Windshields America, which eventually “merged” with Safelite. He is generally credited with having developed the auto glass network concept and is known for being among the first to have exclusive work agreements with insurance companies.

The Kellman Community Center recently opened on the same spot where the original Better Boys Foundation (BBF) had been. The BBF was founded by Kellman, along with the late entertainer Buddy Hackett, who was a friend of Kellman’s.

Randy Johnson Passes Away 
Randy Johnson
of Johnson Sales in Long Lake, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2007, from pancreatic cancer. Johnson entered the glass industry with Harmon Glass, where he assisted in the acquisition of Hiawatha Glass. Johnson went on to serve as the vice president of sales with Viracon. 

He founded Northland Glass in 1978, and then sold that company to Hordis Bros. to found Johnson Sales, which sold Dow Automotive products, among others. During his tenure with Northland Glass, Johnson served as president of the Sealed Insulated Glass Manufacturers Associations (SIGMA). A longstanding member of the Minnesota Glass Association (MGA)—and a board member for the last three years—Johnson was recognized at MGA’s 2007 Midwest Glass Conference with the creation of a special Leadership Award. “Randy Johnson worked in the glass industry as a sales representative for a number of years. 

Calling him a sales representative falls far short of describing him,” says Mike Schmaltz, executive director of MGA. “Randy became a friend and trusted advisor to his customers and worked hard to improve the industry. He consulted with his customers as they dealt with change and troubles, helping them emerge successfully … We will truly miss him.” 

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