Volume 9, Issue 8 - September 2008


one's to watch

JELD-WEN Names Homrighaus New COO
The JELD-WEN board of directors has promoted window division president Barry Homrighaus to chief operating officer (COO).

After initially being hired as a temporary production employee 35 years ago, Homrighaus graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa and entered the company’s management trainee program. He worked in five of the company’s window plants from Pennsylvania to Oregon.

Employees and colleagues of Homrighaus say he is known as an insightful mentor because he draws from both his operational expertise and creative, artistic nature. “Barry’s approach to leadership is a unique blend of science and art,” says vice president Tom Takach, who has worked under Homrighaus’ direction for 16 years. “He is a logical and systematic decision maker, but a true artist when it comes to motivating his team and casting vision.”

Homrighaus resides in Klamath Falls, Ore., where the company is headquartered.

JELD-WEN’s former COO is Bob Turner, who continues in his role as vice chairman on the company’s board of directors.

Homeshield Promotes Two
Homeshield Inc., a division of Quanex Building Products, has promoted Bill Gribble to the position of director of sales and marketing, and Jack Conway to the position of vice president of operations.

In his new role, Gribble will be responsible for the management/ direction of all sales and marketing functions within the Homeshield window components business. He joined the company in April of 2004, as a sales engineer and has served as the national account manager for the Homeshield window division for the past two years.

Conway will be responsible for the management/direction of the company’s operation and materials team within his new position. Conway joined Homeshield in July of 2003 as the divisional business development manager and shortly thereafter was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for window components, where he has served the past four years.

Atrium Companies Inc. Announces
New Central Region Leadership Atrium Companies Inc. has appointed a new leadership team at its Champion Window division in Houston. The team includes Bill van Ravenswaay, senior vice president of operations; Dan Rucker, vice president of builder sales for Atrium’s Central Region and national builder sales development; and Justin Pfeifer, Champion’s Houston Metro sales manager.

Allied Building Products Hires Disalle
Allied Building Products Corp. has hired industry veteran Gino DiSalle as outside sales representative. DiSalle will oversee a team of inside sales who will work to develop and manage relationships with new and existing custom builders and door and window installers throughout the Denver area. DiSalle’s 12 years industry experience includes working with products a number of manufacturers, including Pella Windows and Doors, Cutting Edge, Great Lakes, MilGard and Weather Shield.

Edgetech I.G. Appoints New Employees
Edgetech I.G. has promoted Todd Haney to director of operations. In addition, the company has hired Keith Berg as a Florida-based technical service representative.

Haney has nearly ten years of experience both with Edgetech and its parent company, Lauren International, and will be responsible for the company’s manufacturing, engineering, supply chain management and mixing technology. Haney joined Edgetech in 2004 as engineering manager, where he was responsible for engineering, facilities and maintenance, supply chain management and material developed. Prior to that, Haney spent six years with Edgetech’s sister company, Lauren Manufacturing, most recently as tooling manager. He also spent three years at Hutchinson Sealing Systems in Church Hill, Tenn., as a business unit manager.

In Berg’s new role, he will cover all of the Southeast United States, providing equipment installation and training to Edgetech customers. Berg has more than eight years of experience in technical service for window manufacturers and will report to Mike Burk, technical service manager for Edgetech, in his new position.


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