Volume 45, Issue 8 - October  2006



Dunbarton Corp. Hires Residential Products Manager
Dunbarton Corp. of Dothan, Ala., has hired Artie Buckner as residential products manager. He will focus on metal bi-fold and mirror wardrobe sales and will meet with large apartment developers, homebuilders and do-it-yourself companies.

Buckner has more than 22 years of experience in the building material, millwork and specialty products industry. He has worked in the contractor, distribution and manufacturing segments of residential construction. Buckner has worked as the national sales manager for Karona Door in Caledonia, Mich, for the past six years.

Triad Announces Representation for Eastern Canada
Triad sales manager Lanny Morris has announced that Michel Mercier and his staff at Assemblatech, located in Plessisville, Quebec, has signed on to represent the Triad line of wall panel equipment for both wood and light-gauge steel framing, as well as Triad stair manufacturing equipment for the Ottawa, Ontario, area as well as the Quebec Province in Canada.


SHELTER Magazine Hires New Assistant Editor
Key Communications Inc., publisher of SHELTER magazine and Door and Window Manufacturer (DWM) magazine, among others, welcomes Drew Vass as a new assistant editor of SHELTER magazine. Vass brings with him a unique combination of “hands on” experience (in framing and finish carpentry, siding, roofing and construction management) and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He currently lives in Richmond with his wife, Jennifer, and grew up on a small horse farm just south of SHELTER’s home in Aquia, Va. 

“The combination of Drew’s construction background and writing skills will be a tremendous benefit to SHELTER readers,” says editor Samantha Carpenter. “His excitement and enthusiasm about working on SHELTER editorial is contagious.”

Don Harrower Joins Infinity Stairs
Infinity Stairs Inc. of Fort Myers, Fla., has added Don W. Harrower as its general manager. 

Harrower has 20 years of expertise in all facets of the construction industry. Prior to joining Infinity Stairs, he served as construction manager for W.B.C/Select Build and field supervisor for Dan Fluharty Inc. 

He also served in the U.S. Army for six years, with duties ranging from special operations to operations Sergeant.

Iles Joins Silver Line Building Products Corp.

New Jersey-based Silver Line Building Products Corp. has announced that Randy Iles has joined the company as executive vice president. Iles brings more than 30 years of experience in the building industry to his new position.

Iles most recently served as corporate vice president and general manager at Kimball International. Prior to his role with Kimball, Iles spent 11 years at Pella Corp., where he served as president and chief operating officer of Pella’s entry systems division. Prior to that, Iles spent 16 years with Armstrong World Industries in a variety of marketing, national sales and general management roles.

Iles has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration/ Marketing from Pennsylvania State University. 


Frank Joins Owens Forest Products
Owens Forest Products (OFP), parent company of Heritage Veneered Products and Owens Flooring Co. based in Shawano, Wis., has announced Tom Frank as OFP’s new president and chief executive officer. He was also named to the board of directors. 

Bob Owens, who has been serving as OFP’s president for 32 years, is now the chairperson of the board and remains the company’s sole owner. 

Prior to OFP, Frank served as vice president of industrial business development for American Wood Fibers in Schofield, Wis. From 1996 to 1999, Frank was president of Teel Plastics of Baraboo, Wis. He was responsible for research and development and technical manufacturing at Medex Inc. of Dublin, Ohio, from 1985 to 1993.

Kerfkore Co. Announces Management Changes
Interior Products Inc., doing business as The Kerfkore Co., announced several management promotions at a company meeting recently. Ed Peede will become chairperson and chief executive officer, Thomas Phillips was promoted to president and chief operating officer and James Sorrells is now vice president.

Peede has been the president and chief executive officer of Interior Products since 1985. Prior to joining IPI, he was employed for 16 years by Armstrong World Industries. Peede was responsible for the marketing and sales of a multimillion-dollar business through a national sales organization and distribution system. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing. Peede will continue to focus on new products and new business ventures for Interior Products.

Phillips joined Interior Products in 1998. Prior to joining IPI, he held numerous management positions with manufacturers of quality furniture and accessories for more than 25 years. Some of the companies Phillips worked with include, Lexington Furniture, Council Companies, Maitland-Smith International and Masco Home Furnishings. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in furniture manufacturing and management.

Sorrells has been with Interior Products since 2001. He has been in the industry for six years and was Interior Products’ director of marketing and western sales. Prior to his employment with Interior Products, he was with Bank of America in the Carolinas and Washington, D.C., for more than ten years. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. 


Kingsfather Named New Simpson President 
Philip “Terry” Kingsfather has taken the position of president and chief operating officer for Simpson Strong-Tie of Pleasanton, Calif. Kingsfather will succeed Steve Lamson, who announced his plans to retire in 2007.

Kingsfather has served as vice president of Simpson Strong-Tie’s Anchor Systems product line and has been with the company for 27 years. His Simpson career started in 1979 as an outside sales representative in the Pacific Northwest. 

Six years later, he moved into the position of regional sales manager. He joined the Anchor Systems sales team in 1997 and was instrumental in the roll-out of this product line. 

Prior to being appointed vice president in 2004, he had focused on national account sales for Anchor Systems.

"It has been my privilege to be a part of Simpson's success story for the past 27 years," said Kingsfather. 


Millwork Industry Mourns Death of Adonn Slone 
Surrounded by family and friends, Hardy Adonn Slone passed away on Tuesday evening, August 22, 2006, after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Slone was president of Slone Lumber and Millwork in Santa Fe, Texas, and had a long and distinguished career in the millwork industry, including a term as president of the Lumbermen’s Association of Texas. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Helen Manning Slone, his son Gregg (also of Slone Lumber and Millwork), daughter-in-law Camille, three grandchildren, his sister Sue Slone Porter, and a large extended family.

Born January 1, 1938, in Monahans, Texas, Adonn knew as a child that he wanted to be a pilot and would climb up a windmill to pretend he was flying. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1960, where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. As a private pilot, Adonn had many rewarding experiences as a volunteer pilot for Air Life Line and Angel Flight and as a certified flight instructor.

A fighter pilot with more than 4000 hours in the F4 Phantom and other aircraft and 440 missions in Viet Nam, he served as Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 323. He retired from the USMC in 1980 as a Lieutenant Colonel and his medals included the Air Medal with numeral 22 strike flight awards and one individual award, the Bronze Star with Combat V device, the Meritorious Service Medal and other ribbons and decorations for foreign service.

He has also served as Cubmaster, Scout Committee member, past president of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, member of the City of Santa Fe Planning and Zoning Commission, past president of the Lumbermen’s Association of Texas, and was currently the president of Slone Lumber Co. He was a proud member of the Association of Former Students of Texas A & M, the 12th Man Association and Faith Bible Evangelical Free Church in La Marque.

According to Adonn’s wishes, he was buried in a “pine box” crafted by Slone Lumber employees John Larson, Deana Gibson and E. J. Martinez Sr. Employees of Slone Lumber Co. also served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Class of 1960 Sul Ross Scholarship Fund, Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas, 77840 or the Missionary Fund, Faith Bible Church, 1133 Delany Rd., La Marque, TX, 77568 or the charity of your choice.


Hu Honored as one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian-Americans in Business”
Crystal Window & Door Systems of Flushing, N.Y.’s director of overseas development, James Hu, was honored by the Asian-American Business Development Center (AABDC) as one of the 2006 “Outstanding 50 Asian-Americans in Business.” 

This prestigious award recognizes Asian-American businessmen and women who have made a difference in corporate America and highlights the contributions of Asian-Americans and Asian-American businesses to the economy.

As director of overseas development for Crystal Windows, Hu is responsible for the establishment of joint-venture operations in China to serve the domestic Chinese construction markets. 

“I am honored to receive this award, but credit must also be given to Crystal management and staff which has shown the foresight and fortitude to expand into the Chinese market,” said Hu. “Through hard work and innovative practices, just as it has done in the USA, Crystal is establishing itself as a premier window and door company abroad.”

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