Volume 34, Number 12, December 1999


About the cover Artist - A Family Tree of History
Dolores Joyce
has stained glass art in her blood and her experience in the industry reads like a family tree. Dolores’ father, Charlie Dlubak, founded Dlubak Stained Glass Studio in 1940 when Dolores was a child. His success in creating original art design and custom stained glass windows for churches was carried on by Dolores’ mother, Helen, after Charlie’s early death. The company later grew under the leadership of Dolores’ brother, Frank Dlubak, and Dolores’ husband, Dick Joyce, who began to explore the architectural and high-tech arena.
As Dlubak Corporation continued to evolve and move into the twenty-first century, Dolores felt compelled to carry on the family legend. Unsure at one point as to whether she should sacrifice fingernails and her long hours to the craft, Dolores says her father twice appeared in her dreams reaffirming her intention.
Now after more than 15 years and countless works sold throughout the country, Dolores is coming into her own creating beautiful stained glass works using a European art form Americans have grown to love.
Dolores lives in Natrona Heights, PA, with her husband. They have five children, seven grandchildren and the couple continues to enjoy their relationship with Dolores’ mother, Helen.


Fuldner Retires
Terry Fuldner
, co-founder and chairman of Monett, MO-based EFCO Corporation, announced his retirement as of September 30. He began his long career in the glass industry selling steel windows in 1949. Three years later, EFCO was created to supply screens for aluminum windows.
Fuldner received the national Small-Business Person of the Year award in 1984. He was also inducted into the USGlass Glass and Metal Hall of Fame™ in 1997.
Fuldner leaves EFCO in the hands of his son, Chris Fuldner, the company’s president.

Benney Joins NFRC
James Benney
has joined the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) as director of education. Benney formerly served as director of the Primary Glass Manufacturers Council.
In his new role, Benney will oversee the implementation and promotion of NFRC’s new rating procedure for site-built products. This will include serving as liaison to suppliers of site-built products; assisting in the adoption of the site-built procedure by code bodies; and implementing an American Institute of Architects continuing education program focusing on site-built products.
Benney will be based in the NFRC’s Topeka, KS, office.


Safelite® AutoGlass Appoints Wilson Senior VP
Safelite Glass Corporation of Columbus, OH, has appointed Dan Wilson to the position of senior vice president of operational excellence and business development. Wilson, who will serve on the company’s operating committee and have responsibility for the call center and the network, has experience in distribution center operations, merchandising and sales and marketing. He worked at Wal-Mart during its early growth period and ran the Western Auto wholesale and retail operations.
“Dan is a valuable addition to our team,” said Safelite chief executive officer John Barlow. “Our customers want better service, while our industry faces strong price pressure due to increased competition—so we need to do business smarter. Dan’s experience with other companies who have faced the same pressures will be invaluable to us in this effort.”

Wausau Names French Architectural Rep
Wausau Window & Wall Systems of Wausau, WI, has named Charles French as an architectural sales representative for California and Nevada. French has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. For the past six years, French worked in the Los Angeles office for Curtainwall Design and Consulting Inc.

Cadillac Plastics Names IT Director

Kerry Given is the newest addition to Cadillac Plastics of Troy, MI. Given has been promoted to director of information technology; he previously worked in this position for Amoco Chemical Intermediates Business Unit. His responsibilities will include managing the CPG/Perot System relationship and developing IT strategy for the company.
“I believe the internet/intranet will be a primary focus area as we go forward,” said Given. “My expectation is to develop a web-centric strategy because it’s cost-effective, easy to use and a one-stop source for information.”


Minick Passes Away
Tom Minick, former manager of ARG technical services for PPG Industries, passed away October 29 at the age of 66. He retired from in 1996 after 42 years with PPG. Minick received the Glass Professional of the Year award in 1996 for his contributions to the glass industry. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna DeLuca Minick, and his six children.

Stolk Passes Away
Len Stolk, a Canadian technical services team member for Carlite of Dearborn, MI, recently passed away on October 4, after a long battle with illness. Stolk guided the Carlite Auto Glass Technicians School for many years and was well-known for his commitment to safe installation procedures, according to Carlite.

Joy Lawson of Old Dominion Glass Passes Away at 46
Joy Lawson, vice president and general manager of Old Dominion Glass in Norfolk, VA, died suddenly during an operation on November 19, 1999. Lawson, who rose through the ranks at Old Dominion Glass, was respected and admired throughout the glass industry. She is survived by her parents, Bill and Gilda Robertson; and son, Steven. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the memorial fund at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 2333 Hilliard Rd., Richmond, VA 23228.


Wausau Promotes Gille
Wausau Window and Wall Systems of Wausau, WI, has promoted Steve Gille to Advantage program manager. Gille, part of the Wausau family for 17 years, most recently served as pre-bid engineer for the Eastern Region.

Reynolds Promotes Two Employees
Reynolds Metals Company Architectural Products group of Richmond, VA, has promoted two of its employees. Paul K. Emert is the new business unit manager for North American operations. He will be responsible for customer service and Reynolds Eastman, the Georgia production facility. He will also continue to oversee sales in North America and Mexico.
Scott D. Bacon has taken on the additional position of sales manager for North America and Mexico. He will also continue to be the global marketing manager for architectural products. He joined the company in 1996.                                


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