Volume 7, Issue 9 - October 2006

Ones to Watch 
eople in the News

Mikron Announces New President
Mikron announced that David R. Wemmer has accepted the position of president. Wemmer is a top level manager with 28 years of experience.

Michael Bayles, who has been the acting president since early this year, will continue as president of the building products group of Quanex Corp., the parent company of Mikron. 

“Wemmer’s past experience and successes running Milgard Windows’ PVC extrusion operation has equipped him with extensive knowledge and presence within the window business. In addition, his prior management positions in other building supply categories with Ingersol-Rand will broaden the kind of lean thinking and programs we continue to implement at Mikron. Wemmer’s background of customer focus and continuous improvement discipline will help keep Mikron competitive, growing, and profitable,” said Bayles.

Prior to Wemmer’s employment at Milgard and Ingersol-Rand, he held management positions of increasing responsibilities at Westinghouse and Hewlett Packard. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in industrial technology and a Masters of Business Administration both from San Jose State University.

Randy Iles Joins Silver Line Building Products
Silver Line Building Products Corp. of North Brunswick, N.J., has welcomed Randy Iles as its new executive vice president. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the building industry to his new position.

Iles most recently served as corporate vice president and general manager at Kimball International. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at Pella Corp., where he served in a variety of leadership roles including president and chief operating officer of Pella’s entry systems division. Iles also spent 16 years with Armstrong World Industries in a variety of marketing, national sales and general management roles.

He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business administration/marketing from Pennsylvania State University. 

Tringham Joins Simonton Windows®
Simonton Windows has hired Jeff Tringham as vice president and general manager of the company’s Vacaville, Calif., operations. In his new role, Tringham is responsible for overseeing the manufacturing, sales and marketing operations for Simonton’s West Coast facility.

Tringham brings 19 years of experience with Kohler® Co. to his new position at Simonton. Most recently he served as director of sales in the Western Region for Canac®, a kitchen and bath cabinetry division of Kohler Co.

Tringham earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine and the University of Madrid. He also holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management.

Greg Irving Named Vice President/General Manager for Great Lakes Window®
Great Lakes Window has named Greg Irving to the position of vice president/general manager.

Irving, who has more than 20 years of experience serving the window and building products industries, will be based at the company’s headquarters outside of Toledo, Ohio. He most recently served as vice president of Simonton Window Co. for the past four years. Previously, he was in leadership roles for The Pella Window and Door Co., Dayton Technologies and Rolsafe International.

Andersen Corp.’s Youngest Intern Gains Valuable Experience
Emory Luth, a 19-year old college student, recently concluded his second summer internship with Andersen Corp. in Bayport, Minn. He entered into the program immediately after his freshman year in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois, and at the age of 18 at the start of two consecutive internships, was the youngest intern in the company’s 103-year history. 

Luth gained a valuable experience during the summer programs.

“Throughout my two summers at Andersen I gained a vast wealth of knowledge ranging from software programming to machine design … The quality experiences that I have had at Andersen will put me leaps and bounds ahead of peers at school and in my career,” said Luth.

Gerard Lagos, a materials and technology development engineer at Andersen Corp., worked closely with Luth and explained why he was able to participate in the program at a young age. According to Luth, his fellow interns were 21 years old. His high school industrial technology/WoodLINKS USA teacher at Shiloh High School, Mark Smith, said he thought Luth obtained the internship without the help of a school program. 

“Emory was a very unique case for an Andersen intern. You could say he slipped in, but the truth is he did not let his age be a deciding criteria for being hired. He instead focused on his match with Andersen. We could tell in the interview that he was a good fit for the program. He was poised, very confident and obviously prepared,” said Lagos. 

Luth said that he worked in supplier technology development during summer 2005 commercializing two products that were launched in early 2006. 

“I supported an international task force while working abroad, worked on cross functional teams developing design of experiments for several projects, and enjoyed the excellent network of talented professionals and mentors at Andersen.” 

Lagos expanded on Luth’s progress while at the company.

“He was immersed in a real project with real budgets and deadlines his first day. The project continued throughout his first summer. His high energy level, pragmatism and creativity was a great combination and made it clear he would be successful the following year,” said Lagos.

During his second summer 2006, he worked in corporate product evaluation services. He worked with product testing group, in addition to other tasks he led a development project for new test equipment. The design was reviewed and approved by management.

Andersen Corp. takes approximately 40 students in its paid internship program every year. The main objective of the internship program is to give talented students real world corporate experience to enhance their studies.

The program was challenging and fulfilling for the students.

“I particularly like the extra activities that are established for the interns. I truly enjoyed the intern Habitat for Humanity build. I especially enjoyed the first intern exchange where we were able to meet interns from other companies within the Twin Cities,” Luth said.

With two summer’s worth of work experience, Luth is laying the ground work for success in the future.

“There are many talented interns at Andersen each year. I enjoyed working with (Luth) and think he would be an asset to Andersen when he finishes school,” said Lagos.

What is next for the 19-year old? 

“I look forward to the opportunity to grow with Andersen in the future and can definitely envision myself continuing my career with Andersen upon graduation in May 2008,” he said.

WoodLINKS is a wood products manufacturing course designed to prepare students for entry-level skills into the wood products industry or admission into a one-, two- or four-year wood products college degree program in United States or Canada.

Manufacturers interested in hiring students for internships can contact Mark Smith at marks@shiloh.k12.il.us

Dennis Stephen Retires from Stiles Machinery
Stiles Machinery Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced the retirement of Dennis Stephen, vice president of technical sales after more than 30 years of dedicated service and contributions to the company.

In 1970, he was hired by Web Stiles, then owner of Stiles Machinery, as one of the company’s first field service technicians. Stephen continued his employment when the company came under the direction of Peter Kleinschmidt, the current president, in 1975. From 1977 to 1980, Stephen managed the parts and service departments; he became a sales engineer with the company in 1980 and continued in that position until 1989. In 1990, he was promoted to director of special projects and in 1992, he assumed the position of vice president of technical sales. 

The company says it will miss Stephen as a vice president, business associate, colleague and friend.

AAMA Names New Southeast Region Leadership
AAMA Southeast Region has welcomed Scott Warner of Architectural Testing as its new vice president, a position that was previously vacant. Bill Emley of MI Windows and Doors, who has been serving as president of the region’s association, will continue to fill the presidency of the regional chapter for the next two years.

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Truth Hardware of Owatonna, Minn., has appointed Kelly Delaney to the position of territory account manager for the South Central United States. He will assist door and window manufacturers in purchasing, specifying and developing hardware systems used on their products … The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has named Joel Hoiland as its new president. Turn to page 16 for more information about the association’s new leader … Shawn Hannux recently joined Edgetech I.G. Inc. as the regional sales manager for the Northeast United States, which includes the New England states as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Tony Palandrani has also joined the company as a regional sales manager trainee. He has experience in news reporting and broadcasting for such companies as ESPN, and other cable networks … Grand Rapids, Mich.,-based Stiles Machinery Inc. has promoted Mike Miller to director of building automation. The company has also hired Tom Mack as a sales consultant.

A new brochure from National Adhesives of Bridgewater, N.J., “BONDMASTER® Adhesives for Residential Windows and Doors,” provides information about bonding solutions for wood, wood composites and synthetic substrates … Door and Window Manufacturer (DWM) magazine has a free weekly online newsletter offering the latest industry news. If you don't yet receive it go to www.dwmmag.com to sign up. 

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