Volume 9, Issue 9 - October 2008

Ones to Watch

Formtek Promotes Wilson
Formtek Metal Forming promoted Rick Wilson to senior vice president of sales and marketing. Wilson’s new duties include directing all external machinery sales and marketing efforts for North America on a regional basis, focusing on the following Formtek brands; CWP, Rowe and Coilmate/Dickerman Press Feed, CWP and Rowe Coiled Metal Processing and B&K Leveler products from Formtek Maine, Coiled Metal Processing and FMI/Dahlstrom Flexible Fabrication products from Formtek Iowa and the Yoder/Dahlstrom/Tishken Forming and Fabricating Lines, B&K Metal Construction Products and the Winpro Fenestration products from Formtek Cleveland.

Truseal Expands Sales Department Truseal Technologies Inc. has made three new appointments within its sales department. The company has hired Peter Donoghue as vice president of sales, appointed John Westfall as sales manager for its southeast U.S. division, and hired Tom Italiano as sales manager for its western U.S. division.

Donoghue served most recently as an executive at Sherwin-Williams. In addition, he spent 11 years at Truseal in technical services and sales roles and was once a recipient of the company’s President’s Award.

In Westfall’s new role, he will develop and manage sales and sales strategies for Truseal’s insulating glass sealant and equipment platforms in the southeast, as well as oversee sales personnel in the territory. Westfall, who has been with Truseal for seven years, served as a sales representative previously. Prior to joining Truseal, he served as regional sales manager at Vytex Windows in Laurel, Md.

Italiano will manage the western U.S. region’s sales and customer service programs, including market promotion and support. He most recently served as director of sales and marketing at Soft-Lite Windows in Cleveland. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a regional sales representative for Truseal.

Simonton Expands, Promotes Simonton Windows has announced the appointment of several new managerial team members:
• Joe Reckard has been hired as the company’s business support training specialist; • Jon Latimer, who has worked for Simonton since 2004, has been promoted to the position of quality manager at SimEx, the vinyl extrusion company operated by Simonton;
• Daniella Gayle has been hired as the company’s regional human resources manager for West Virginia; and
• Joshua Wagner has been promoted to the position of associate product manager within the marketing department.

ATech Appoints New Managers Hande Kilic is the new marketing manager and Al Yoldas the new technical service manager for ATech Machinery of Gaithersburg, Md.

In her position, Kilic is responsible for the organization, prioritization and management of all requests that come into ATech’s marketing department. She also is in charge of media, promotions and publication of ATech’s newsletter. Yoldas is responsible for the company’s vinyl, aluminum and wood window manufacturing machinery. His responsibilities include material and process development, as well as research and physical testing of a variety of products.

Rovtar Joins Frank Lowe
Frank Lowe Rubber & Gasket Co. Inc. has hired John Rovtar to handle its business development. Rovtar brings more than 30 years of experience in the fenestration industry to his new position and has a background in administrative operations and business development. Prior to joining Frank Lowe Rubber & Gasket Co. Inc., Rovtar served as general manager of Air Tite Manufacturing and director of product development and technical service at Survivor Technologies Inc.

Rogers Joins HOPPE
HOPPE North America Inc. has added Paul Rogers to its North American staff as national sales manager. Prior to joining the Fort Atkinson, Wis.-based company, Rogers was the vice president of sales and marketing for Truth Hardware.

Sunrise Windows Expands Engineering Department Sunrise Windows has made three recent additions to its engineering staff: Steve Welter, information technology (IT) manager; Steve Haubert, engineering manager; and Andrew Melick, engineer.

Welter, who has more than 12 years IT experience, will be responsible for planning, coordinating, directing and designing the IT and telecommunication activities of the company, as well as providing direction and support for daily operational activities of the IT function.

Haubert will oversee a broad scope of areas, including product configuration, raw material specifications, quality and technical support. He also will provide leadership and direction to the engineering team, which includes Sunrise’s technical and installation support department, and participate on the company’s new product teams.

Melick will focus on reviewing all gauges and fixtures on the production floor and developing a system for gauge and fixture tracking. He also will be responsible for implementation of process improvements.

Michael Collins Writes Twice-Monthly Blog Michael Collins, DWM columnist and vice president of the building products group at Jordan, Knauff & Company, an investment banking firm that specializes in the door and window industry, now writes a blog for DWM’s electronic newsletter.

Collins, a noted expert in the industry travels to various industry events educating door and window manufacturers about various industry trends and what they need to do to stay alive in this competitive market. As with his columns and articles, his blogs tackle various topics affecting manufacturers.

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