Volume 8, Issue 8 - September 2007

Ones to Watch

Simonton Names Jacobs VP of Human Resources 

Parkersburg, W.Va.-based Simonton Windows has named Robert Jacobs as vice president of human resources. Jacobs is responsible for managing and directing all areas of the human resources. Prior to joining Simonton, Jacobs was employed with OMRON Corp. in Schaumburg, Ill., as the vice president of human resources and administration. 

Fruzzetti Joins Mercer Windows
Beaverton, Ore.-based Mercer Windows has announced that Mike Fruzzetti will now oversee its marketing and promotions department. Fruzzetti formerly was involved with energy-efficiency projects, and, more specifically, Energy Star®.

“We are pleased to have someone with Mike’s marketing and sales background on board to help us create new and exciting promotional campaigns that illustrate the benefits that Mercer Windows provide for our commercial and residential clients,” David Mercer, president.

International Market Manager and New Hires at Edgetech

Edgetech I.G., based in Cambridge, Ohio, announced that Ramsey Bader has been named international market manager. 

Bader joined Edgetech I.G. in 2003 after earning his master’s degree in business administration with a focus on international business from the University of Akron in Ohio. He currently manages Edgetech’s business development activities in Australia and New Zealand and is responsible for international market research and providing analytical frameworks for international expansion. In addition, Bader will now manage direct sales and direct agent management in various international markets.

Prior to joining Edgetech, Bader worked for Citibank’s Offshore Corporate Bank in Bahrain and Dubai. Edgetech I.G. has also welcomed David Hill, George White and Chris DuBeck to the team.

Hill recently joined as a technical service representative. He will assist new and existing customers with equipment start-ups, training them on manufacturing quality Super Spacer® IG units and installation of equipment. White recently was promoted to engineering technician, where he will serve as the manufacturing liaison as Edgetech moves Nupro end clip production to Cambridge, Ohio, from Washington. DuBeck has been promoted to scheduler/slitting cell coordinator. He will be responsible for scheduling daily production, monitoring customer orders and overseeing the day-to-day functions of the slitting department. 

Atrium Appoints Eastern Region President
Atrium Companies Inc. in Dallas has appointed Robert Ractliffe to the position of eastern region president. He will oversee all operations at Thermal Industries, as well as at Atrium Windows and Doors divisions in North Carolina and Florida.

Prior to joining Atrium, Ractliffe served in a variety of senior executive capacities with Strionair Inc., Nortek Inc., Ply Gem Industries, Nordyne Inc., Carrier Corp. and Westinghouse Electric Corp.

New Global Marketing Director at DuPont Engineering Polymers
Björn Hedlund has assumed the role of global marketing director at DuPont Engineering Polymers (EP) in addition to his position as regional director Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA). He succeeds Timothy P. McCann, who is the new vice president and general manager of DuPont Electronic Technologies. Hedlund will continue to be based at the company’s European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  Hedlund has more than 25 years experience of DuPont’s engineering polymer business.  His career to date has involved several senior positions, including the roles of product manager for Delrin® acetal resin in Europe and regional business manager Zytel® nylon resins for both Asia Pacific and the Americas regions.  

Truth Appoints Rhoads
Truth Hardware recently announced the appointment of Tom Rhoads to the position of territory account manager for the Northwest United States and Western Canada, including the provinces of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. In his new position, Rhoads will work closely with door and window manufacturers to assist them with purchasing, specifying and the development of hardware systems. The Owatonna, Minn.-based windows and patio door designer and manufacturer says Rhoads possesses strong customer service and account management skills which parallel its customer care commitment values.

PGT Announces New Executive Appointment
PGT president and chief executive officer Rod Hershberger announced the appointment of C. Douglas Cross as vice president. Cross will oversee PGT’s vinyl products and markets. Previously, Cross owned Custom Window Products, which provides architectural shapes for the vinyl market. His previous experience includes six years as president of Atrium and 13 years as president of Ellison Windows and Doors. 

Insula-Dome Skylights Names Jim Gilcreast III Territory Manager 
Insula-Dome Skylights in Chester, Conn., has appointed Jim Gilcreast III as territory manager for Connecticut. Gilcreast previously served as manager of the company’s Chester distribution facility. In his new position, he will be responsible for new business development within the Connecticut territory. 

Two Promoted at BFRich 

Newark, Del.-based BFRich Windows and Doors announced Gary Bradley has been promoted to director of information technologies. His responsibilities include managing and controlling the building blocks of the company’s computer system.

Dianne Siebold has been with the company since 1972 and will now serve as warranty service coordinator.

CRL Promotes D.J. Friese
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) in Los Angeles has promoted D.J. Friese to the position of executive vice president. In his new position, Friese will work closely with other company leaders to develop future strategy and provide leadership for the company. He also will be responsible for managing and directing the technical sales division, which consists of five business groups/brands: commercial hardware, architectural hardware, shower hardware, transaction/hospitality hardware and key accounts. Friese first joined the company in 1992. His positions have included sales representative, regional sales manager, vice president of customer service and vice president of sales and service. Friese also is a corporate officer, serving as a member of the executive committee. 

ViWinTech Hires and Promotes Employees
Vinyl Window Technologies (ViWinTech) in Paducah, Ky., has hired or promoted a variety of its employees recently.

Robyn Taylor is the new field service manager. She has been familiar with the company and its employees since 2000 through her work at the temporary staffing company Hamilton-Ryker. Charissa Harris joined ViWinTech as co-manager in customer service. She is teaming up with Susan Dalrymple, who was promoted, to share the customer service responsibilities, which will allow both managers to work more closely with each customer service representative and validator. Harris comes to ViWinTech with 17 years of experience in customer service.

Rick Uhls joined ViWinTech as supervisor in the glass department and is now managing all aspects of the glass department from quality to production. Uhls has more than 20 years of experience in the industry with 15 of those years in positions where he was responsible for glass department production.

Eldon Reel has assumed the position of quality assurance manager. Eldon comes to ViWinTech from another nationally recognized window manufacturer. He brings 12 years of experience in fenestration ranging from manufacturing, product and process development and eight years in quality management.

ASC Welcomes Erin A. Carr 

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has named Erin A. Carr as the new marketing specialist. She is responsible for all marketing activities and communication initiatives at ASC. Most recently, Carr served as senior associate, marketing and communications, for SmithBucklin, an association management company. 

Wayne Gorell Named 2007 Diamond Award Winner

Wayne C. Gorell, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Gorell Windows and Doors in Indiana, Pa., was named a 2007 Diamond Award winner by Pittsburgh Business in the established companies category.

The Diamond Awards honor presidents and CEOs of organizations in Western Pennsylvania who have made a significant impact as a corporate leader. The established companies category recognizes an individual who has sustained and grown a business that is more than ten-years old. 

Mike Rupert Wins Shades of Green Leadership Award
The director of performance glazings technical services and product development for PPG Industries, Michael L. Rupert, has won the Shades of Green Leadership Award from the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh. Rupert, a 33-year veteran of the PPG performance glazings technical and product development team, was recognized for his leadership in the development of Solarban 70XL solar control low-E glass. 

The Shades of Green Leadership Awards are given annually by the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh to highlight the efforts of distinctive persons in Western Pennsylvania who have contributed to the region’s environmental transformation through green leadership.


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