Volume 2   Issue 2               Summer 2001

Ones to Watch                 

GED Expands Sales Staff
Glass Equipment Development Inc. (GED), based in Twinsburg, Ohio, has added several individuals to its ranks. Mark Dobransky has joined GED as regional sales manager and is responsible for serving the Western region. In addition, Bill Weaver and Loyd McCoy have been named insulating glass sales directors.

As regional sales manager, Dobransky will promote cost-effective business solutions to better serve insulating glass fabricators in the Western states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, Arizona and New Mexico, as well as British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada.

McCoy has been with GED for six years, during which the company says he has developed a solid understanding of the insulating glass process and the equipment GED provides. As director of Eastern insulating glass sales, he will be responsible for transferring the product, process and system knowledge to eastern regional sales manager, Dan Reinhart, and Midwest regional sales manager, Eric Dietrich. Likewise, Weaver, as director of Western insulating glass sales, will work with Rick Mathews, Central regional sales manager, and Dobransky, in the same effort.

Truth Adds Four to Team
Truth Hardware of Owatonna, Minn., has added several individuals to its ranks. Becky Haas is joining the company’s sales team; she will cover the Eastern Canada territory. Robert Kinsella is joining Truth as a product specialist with the company’s patio door hardware line. Greg Hultquist has been appointed to the position of plant manager for the company’s Pennsylvania facility, and Doug Holmes will serve as quality manager from the company’s headquarters.

WDMA Elects 2001 Officers and Board
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) recently elected its board of directors and officers for 2001 at its 74th annual meeting in La Jolla, Calif. The association elected Rick Liddell, vice president of architectural doors at V-T Industries Inc., to serve as chairperson. Previously, he served as vice chairperson of the door division and, before that, as a regular member of the board. 

Jerry Mannigel, president of Marshfield Door Systems, was selected to replace Liddell as vice chairperson. In addition, the WDMA re-reelected Kurt Heikkila, senior vice president of technical/business development for the Andersen Corp., as vice chairperson of the window division. Linda Semlin, vice president and general manager for Semling-Menke Co., also was re-elected to the position of treasurer.

The association elected the following to serve on the board of directors as well: Dave Beeken, president of Eagle Window and Door Co.; Brian Buckles, chief operating officer for Algoma Hardwoods; Roger Lumm, senior technical sales representative for Schnee-Moorehead; and, Peter McKibbin, senior vice president for Contact Lumber.

NWDA Elects Officers and Board for 2001
The Northeast Window & Door Association (NWDA) has elected its new officers: president, Keith Oakley, AirChek Manufacturing Inc. of Clifton, N.J.; first vice president, Kim Fondrk, Ventana USA of Export, Pa.; treasurer, Clark Burget, Progressive Door Corp. of Murrysville, Pa.; second vice president, Victor Skukalek, PPG Industries of Millersville, Md.

In addition, the following were elected to the NWDA board of directors: Terry Rich, BF Rich Co. of Newark, Del.; Rene Wimmer, Rusco of Salem, Va.; Mike Sugrue, Winchester Industries of Saltsburg, Pa.; Jim Ruby, Lockheed Window of Pascoag, R.I.; Bill Donnelly, Custom Craft Plastics of North Brunswick, N.J.

These board members will join the following existing board members: Willis Schlabach, Sugarcreek Windows of Sugarcreek, Ohio; Jon Hill, Dayton Technologies of Monroe, Ohio; Mark Kristo, Bayform of Cadiz, Ohio; Mike Mackereth, Architectural Testing Inc. of York, Pa.

TruSeal Announces Two Promotions
Cleveland-based TruSeal Technologies has announced that Lee Burroughs has been promoted from director of manufacturing to vice president of manufacturing. He is now responsible for TruSeal’s manufacturing operations in Barbourville, Ky., and Ontario. 

During his 17 years with the company, Burroughs has served as supervisor of quality control, production supervisor and production manager in various locations. He is also part of the management investor team that helped spin off TruSeal from Tremco in 1997. Burroughs graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering.

John Kessler has also been promoted to vice president of sales at TruSeal. His new responsibilities include heading up the company’s global sales efforts by directing a staff with representatives around the world. 

Prior to promotion, Kessler held the position of director of sales for almost four years. He has been with TruSeal for more than 21 years and also participated in the management investor team that created TruSeal from Tremco. 

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin — Stout with a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts. 

AMAF Names PGT’s Olmstead to Board of Directors
The Architectural Manufacturers Association of Florida (AMAF) has named Dave Olmstead, product specialist for PGT Industries in Venice, Fla., to its board of directors. Olmstead has held various positions in product development, marketing and customer service at PGT since he joined the company in 1994. He is also a member of Southern Building Code Congress International and Building Officials and Code Administrators International.

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