Volume 13, Issue 2 - March/April 2011

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Longtime PPG Auto Glass Exec Frank Archinaco Passes Away

Frank Archinaco, who spent many years with PPG Industries’ auto glass business (now Pittsburgh Glass Works), passed away on February 17 at his home in Sewickley, Pa. He was 67.

Archinaco joined PPG’s glass contract and supply department in 1965 as a management trainee in Newark, N.J. He subsequently held a series of management posts in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico and Illinois. He became director of marketing and development for PPG’s automotive and aircraft glass business in 1979, general manager of auto replacement glass products in 1981, and general manager of European glass operations in 1984.

Archinaco returned to the United States as vice president of automotive original equipment glass products in 1986. Five years later, he was named vice president of automotive and aircraft glass. He was made vice president, glass, in 1994, and a year later was promoted to senior vice president, glass. In 1997, Archinaco was elected corporate executive vice president for glass and chemicals, prior to his retirement on July 1, 2002.

In February 2008, Archinaco rejoined PPG as president and CEO of PPG’s automotive glass and services business, a position he held until PPG divested the business to Kohlberg and Co. in September 2008.

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