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March  2004

Ones to Watch

Weather Shield Adds to Sales and Marketing Team 
Medford, Wis.-based Weather Shield Windows & Doors has named John Chamberlain director of sales. In this position he will oversee all national and international sales for the company. Prior to joining Weather Shield in 2002, Chamberlain was with Andersen Windows for 16 years, during which he served in sales and managerial roles as well as in distribution.

The company also recently added two new members to its marketing department, Louise Ingman and Lindsey Widak.

Ingman is Weather Shield’s new event marketing supervisor. She previously held marketing positions at Sunrise Medical, a Green Bay advertising agency, and the Kohler Co.

Widak is the company’s new communications project specialist. Previously she served as marketing director at Fairview Millwork in Bridgewater, Mass.

Sunrise Windows Hires National Sales Manager 
Sunrise Windows of Temperance, Mich., has hired Mike Roncato as national sales manager. In that role he will oversee the company’s sales division and strengthen Sunrise’s relationship with its dealers and distributors. 

Roncato, who has 30 years of experience in the fenestration industry, most recently with Great Lakes Windows, is excited about his new venture.

“I was attracted to the leadership and entrepreneurial spirit that gives Sunrise the ability to create innovative new products and features that keep it on the leading edge of the industry,” he said. 

Thomas New Regional Manager for Pilkington 
Pilkington North America has named Gregory Thomas as new regional territory manager for the south-central United States. Thomas, who will be based in Burleston, Texas, is responsible for the sales and marketing of the company’s residential and architectural products in that region. He will work with Pilkington customers, including window manufacturers and fabricators, to serve as a resource for the company’s products. Thomas has been with Pilkington since 1996.

Hurd Promotes Hans Vetter
Hurd Millwork of Medford, Wis., has promoted Hans Vetter to director of business development. In his new role Vetter will oversee national marketing and new product development activities. Vetter, who joined Hurd in 2002 s national accounts manager, has more than 29 years of experience in the building-products industry.

Milgard Adds New GM in Oregon
Milgard Windows of Tacoma, Wash., has named David Nachreiner as the general manager of the company’s facility in Tualatin, Ore. Nachreiner has served as the company’s sales manager there for a year and a half. He succeeds Geroge Lorance, a 25-year Milgard employee. Lorance will serve in a training and consulting basis until he retires at the end of this year. 

“We are looking to expand on the foundation that George built for this location,” said Nachreiner. “As you can see by the significant investment Milgard has made in the Tualatin facility, we are committed to growing our Oregon operations.”

Deceuninck North America Makes Management Changes
Deceuninck North America, parent company of Vinyl Building Products (VBP) and Dayton Technologies, has announced some management changes.

Darwin G. Brown, chief executive officer (CEO) of Deceuninck North America/Dayton Technologies, is retiring after 20 years with the company: ten years as vice president of sales and marketing and most recently ten years as president and CEO. 

Ralph Weiss, current CEO and president of Vinyl Building Products (VBP), has been appointed to CEO of Deceuninck North America. Weiss, who has been with VBP since 1995, has served as CEO of the company since 2000.

“Here are two companies that are outstanding performers—each in its own way—and we expect this combination to give us numerous opportunities to be a better supplier of all of our customers,” said Weiss. “We will not lose sight of our goal to constantly improve customer service, reliability and product quality, as well as continued innovation.”

Michael J. Hutfless has been promoted to chief operating officer for Deceunink North America. Hutfless, who has been at Dayton since 1999, for the past year as president, will assume responsibility for the company’s four extrusion plants in North America. 

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