Volume 9, Issue 3 - March 2008

Ones to Watch  

Mikron Has Two New VPs
Kent, Wash.-based Mikron, a division of Quanex Corp., has two new vice presidents. Bonnie Butler has joined the company as vice president of human resources Mark Milburn has joined the company as vice president of finance.

Butler held the position previously of human resources director for the News Tribune, a division of the McClatchy Company. She also has held leadership positions at the City of Tacoma and Pierce County.

Milburn held the position previously of vice president of finance for Microscan Systems. He also has held various positions with other manufacturing companies, including the Marvel Group, a Masco company.

New President at Amesbury Group
Amesbury Group president Rich Koopmann has resigned from the Amesbury Group to pursue a new venture. Jonathan Petromelis, senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of the Amesbury Group, will succeed him as president. 

Petromelis has served as CFO for more than 10 years concentrating on business development activities and has more than 23 years of financial experience. He says he doesn’t plan to make any changes to the current company structure of four business units—window hardware, door hardware, sealing solutions and extrusion. He will work out of the company’s offices in Amesbury, Mass., and Sioux Falls, S.D. 

VT Industries Adds Two Employees
Holstein, Iowa-based VT Industries has added Jason Farver as its vice president of operations for the architectural wood door division and Gary Bateman as the information systems director. 

Farver’s area of oversight will include the newly acquired IDEAL Door Division. He brings nearly nine years of experience in marketing, product development and operations management to his new position.

In his new role, Bateman will manage and provide support for the information systems in each of the company’s eight facilities, including its headquarters. He will oversee the development and enhancement of software, manage and maintain networks, as well as direct the programming of automation software.

BiltBest Announces Two New VPs
Ste. Genevieve, Mo.-based BiltBest has two new vice presidents. John Ewoldt, formerly director of manufacturing engineering, has been named vice president of engineering, and Terry L. Principe, formerly director of finance, has been named vice president of finance, information services and administration.

Ewoldt has more than 21 years of window industry experience, having held engineering and manufacturing leadership positions with MW Manufacturing, Peachtree, Eagle and Caradco. He now is responsible for all of BiltBest’s engineering, research and development and quality efforts.

Prior to joining the BiltBest team, Principe was the controller of the Christopher Newport University Educational and Real Estate Foundations in Newport News, Va., and prior to that position served as director of finance for the man-machine interface division of Lucas Control Systems in Hampton, Va. Her new responsibilities include leadership for all finance, information systems, legal and administrative functions at the company.

CMI Promotes Fancher
CMI, the Chicago-based manufacturer and marketer of CraftMaster interior doors and other products, has promoted Steve Fancher to managing director of CMI – Europe and Asia and has appointed him to the company’s management team.  In his new role, Fancher is responsible for all export activities of CraftMaster brand products in Asia and Europe. He also will oversee all commercial aspects of CMI’s recent equity investment in Jilin Fudun Timber Company Ltd.As an 11-year veteran of CMI, Fancher has served as sales manager, Japan and Korea; export manager, Europe; and sales manager, Masonite Formtec Korea.  He will report directly to CMI president and chief executive officer Bob Merrill.

Reliant Glass & Door Systems Expands 
Reliant Glass & Door Systems LLC in Sheboygan, Wis., has made three new hires. 

Brent Henschel has been added as vice president of business development. Henschel will be responsible for sales and account management, overall business development and marketing management. Prior to joining Reliant, he was the vice president of sales and marketing at Walters Buildings. 

Renee Sellin is the new manager of purchasing. Sellin will be responsible for establishing supplier relationships, inventory management and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives. Prior to joining the company, Sellin was the inventory control manager at Phoenix Products. 

Debra Forsterling was hired as contract administrator. Forsterling is responsible for reviewing requirements of customer contracts for materials, products and services and for invoicing. 

O’Keefe Joins Truth Team
Owatonna, Minn.-based Truth Hardware has appointed Jerry O’Keefe to the position of territory account manager for Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. O’Keefe joins Truth with more than 20 years of experience within the fenestration industry, most recently with Chelsea Building Products and before that Thermal Industries. O’Keefe will be responsible for coordinating territory sales efforts with Truth’s new alliance, Industrial Sales Corp. (see related story in January DWM, page 17). 

Hardman Passes Away
Barry G. Hardman, who has served in many roles in the fenestration industry, passed away on February 7 at the age of 67 after a battle with lymphoma. 

Hardman has served as chairman of ASTM E06.51.11 and E06.51.06, vice chairman of the Building Envelope and Thermal Envelope Council, part of the National Institute of Building Sciences, a member of Fenestration Manufacturers Association and was involved with the American Architectural Manufacturers’ Association. 

He helped found and served on the boards of the California Glass Dealers Association and the Bay Area Glass Dealers Association. 

Hardman is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Beaulac Hardman, and his children, Susan Jean Grass, Barry G. Hardman II, Jackie Lynne Hardman, Marjorie B. Hardman and Carolyn J. Hardman.


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