Volume 9, Issue 7 - July-August 2008

Ones to Watch

imonton Grows and Reorganizes

Simonton Windows in Parkersburg, W.Va., has reorganized two of its management positions while also adding several new employees to the company.

Chris Monroe, who has served as the company’s vice president of marketing since 2000, has assumed the newly created position of vice president, strategic planning and business development.

Sid Spear, who has served as the vice president of sales since 2007, will assume the expanded responsibilities of marketing for the national window manufacturer. His new title, vice president/sales and marketing, permits Simonton to combine Spear’s talents for sales, marketing and communications functions, according to a press release issued by the company.

Simonton has hired Tom Danisch to take over the position of vice president of national sales. In his role, Danisch will work with the company’s network of national customers and assist in growing the company’s business in various market segments throughout the country. 

In addition to these moves and additions, the company has added a number of new managers and employees and has promoted several from within Simonton.

Bruce Kuni is now the company’s director of global sourcing to coordinate strategic sourcing and purchasing.

Lisa Edwards has been hired as the inbound logistics and distribution manager to implement cost-saving programs and practices at Simonton. 

Teresa Cox, who has worked for Simonton since 1993, has been promoted to corporate quality analyst. She will perform quality reporting and analysis of standard reports along with special projects. 

Brian Bliek has been promoted to manufacturing manager after serving several years as a process engineering manager within the company. He will work on implementation of lean manufacturing principles and production management in his new role. 

Maria Barnhart, who has worked as an associate product manager at Simonton since 2006, has been promoted to the position of corporate process engineer. She will support lean manufacturing efforts along with the company’s continuous improvement program. 

Dan Pennock has been promoted to corporate manufacturing project manager at Simonton with responsibilities for leading efforts to improve operational performance and capacity utilization at company facilities nationwide. 

Scott Sheffield, who has been with Simonton since 2003, has been promoted to the position of plant manager for the company’s McAlester, Okla., facility. He will oversee the operations at the 202,500-square-foot manufacturing plant in the Steven W. Taylor Industrial Park in McAlester. 

Amesbury Promotes Kline and Welbig
The Amesbury Group promoted David Kline to director of sales and marketing for its window hardware division, which consists of Balance Systems (BSI), Omega and Fastek Products. The company also promoted Tessica Welbig to the position of inside sales assistant for Amesbury Door Hardware. 

Kline served previously as window hardware sales manager for Fastek Products, and, prior to that, was with Builder’s Hardware for 11 years. He will now focus on driving the growth of the window hardware division, through the sale and promotion of existing products and the introduction of new, recently developed products, according to a statement from the company.

Welbig has been with the window hardware division for three years in sales and product support. In her new position, she will continue to support the sales department while taking a more active role in sales development.

Bystronic Appoints Knisely VP of Sales and Marketing
Bystronic Glass Inc. has announced the appointment of Scott Knisely as vice president of sales and marketing for all activities in the NAFTA Region. Knisely has been with the company since 2006, and most recently served as general manager for Bystronic Solution Centre Inc. “ … Scott successfully managed both the technical and business aspects of the company while maintaining Bystronic’s tradition of placing primary emphasis on servicing each customer’s specific needs,” says company president Claus Rieger.Hurd Names Two New VPsHurd Windows & Doors has named David Roberts vice president of sales, and Joe Herman has assumed an expanded role as vice president of marketing.

Roberts had served previously as eastern region sales manager for the Medford, Wis.-based company. In his new role, he will oversee all U.S. and international sales initiatives and will be in charge of the national and international sales force.

Woman President is Elected (of CWDMA)

The Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA) elected a new president at its annual meeting in Quebec. Eva Ryterband of Screenco Manufacturing will replace Henry Banman of All Weather Windows. 

When being introduced to the membership as the new president, she joked, “Hillary Clinton, eat your heart out.”

She also noted that one of her goals is “to increase the number of members who join [the] organization.”

Jack Semling Passes Away
Jack Semling, chief executive officer (CEO) and president of Semling-Menke Co. Inc., passed away on May 24, at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Semling-Menke Co. Inc. is one of the founding member companies of Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and, according to WDMA, had served the association for many years. He served on the board for a total of 15 years between 1959 and 1996. He was also chairman in 1973 and 1975 and treasurer from 1988-1996. His daughter, Linda Semling, currently serves on the WDMA board as treasurer. 


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