Volume 34, Number 6, June 1999




Former Andersen Corp. Chairman Dies

Andersen Corp. of Bayport, MN, has announced the recent death of its former chairman and president, Earl C. Swanson. He worked 54 years for the company and was the vice president and secretary of the Andersen Foundation and a director of the Bayport Foundation.

Swanson became the company president in 1960 and was elected to chairman in 1975. He retired from active company service in 1981.

"We at Andersen, as well as those in the industry and community have all been very fortunate to have witnessed Earl’s leadership and vision. We will miss him and his contributions," said Donald L. Garofalo, president and CEO of Andersen.



Harmon Announces Personnel Changes

Harmon Solutions Group of Minneapolis, has announced that Dave Henry is its new vice president of service center operations. Henry will oversee operations of the Eau Claire, WI, Des Moines, IA, and Orlando, FL, service centers. His background includes eight years in service center management with Wheels Inc., a corporate leasing and fleet management company

Jan Vasile has been hired as manager of the Harmon Solutions Group call center in Eau Claire, where she will oversee 155 employees. Previously she worked as the call center director for Progressive Insurance.

Harmon Autoglass of Worcester, MA, has promoted Kay Jacobsen to regional sales manager for Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Long Island. Jacobsen worked as a regional account manager for a large retail auto glass company and as general manager of a car rental company.

Apogee Enterprises Inc. Elects Horner to Board of Directors

Apogee Enterprises has announced that it has elected J. Patrick Horner to its board of directors, according to PRNewswire. Horner is the president and board member of Management Support Technology. Previously, Horner was the founder, president and chief operating officer and board member of Perot Systems Corporation.



Keith Currens Joins United States Aluminum

Keith Currens has joined United States Aluminum of Waxahachie, TX, as human resources manager for the commercial products group. Currens will establish and manage a human resources department at the company’s Texas facilities and be involved in special projects on a corporate-wide basis.

Prior to joining United States Aluminum, Currens worked as a personnel assistant with Tom Thumb/Page Supermarkets in Dallas, and spent the last 12 1/2 years in steel fabrication with Trinity Industries in Dallas.



Rayborn Named Vice President for Linetec

Dick Ray-born has been named vice president sales and marketing for Linetec of Wausau, WI. He joined the architectural finishing unit of the Apogee Wausau Group in 1976. Since 1995, Rayborn has held the position of vice president of business development. In his current position, he will be responsible for heading up all sales and marketing activities for Linetec.

Combustion Tec Promotes Damsell to Marketing Manager

Combustion Tec of Orlando, FL, promoted Mike Damsell to marketing manager. Previously, Damsell was a combustion engineer, selling the company’s products in various locations worldwide. He will be responsible for the company’s sales efforts in England, Turkey, the Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent.


Glen Crow Retires After 41 Years

After 41 years in the glass industry, Glen Crow of Capitol Glass (AFGD) in Salt Lake City, says he is "hanging up his glass hat." Crow retired from Capitol Glass on May 21.

Crow left the military service in 1958 and said he joined Capitol Glass "temporarily" simply to earn a steady income. But, after receiving opportunities for advancement, Crow opted to stay at the company. He worked in all facets of the business, starting in the shop, moving to sales for a few years, then settling in purchasing, where he spent the last 26 years.

Crow said he turned his "temporary" job into a permanent one because he found the industry so interesting. "The glass industry was sophisticated and always changing and I found this very interesting and rewarding," he said. Crow said he is amazed when he thinks of all the technological advances which have occurred in the past 40 years.

Crow said what he will miss the most about Capitol Glass is the large circle of friends he developed. "The association with other professionals in the glass industry is what I will miss the most," said Crow.


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