Volume 35, Number 4, April 2000



Wausau Brings New
Sales Representative Onboard in Texas

wpe27.jpg (2480 bytes)Michael Harvey has joined the Wausau Window and Wall Systems team as a sales representative for the Dallas area. Harvey has 15 years experience in the window and curtainwall business at Kawneer. He has training in ISO 9000 as well as other quality management programs. In addition, he has been a member of the National Glass Association, Texas Glass Association and the Construction Specification Institute.


Saint-Gobain Appoints New Board Member

Saint-Gobain Corporation (SGC) of Valley Forge, Pa., named J. Michael Hagan as the newest member of the company’s board of directors. Since 1967, Hagan had been employed by the Furon Company, holding positions of increasing responsibility, including general manager, vice president and in 1991, chairman and chief executive officer until SGC acquired the company in October, 1999.

Hagan also serves on the board of directors for Ameron International, Freedom Communications and Remedy Temp. He is also a member of the board of regents at Santa Clara University, where he graduated with a bachelor in economics.


on the move

IWC Names New Operations Manager

International Window Corporation (IWC) of South Gate, Calif., has named J.R. Short as its operations manager at its South Gate facility. Short earned a bachelor of science degree from Bradley University and has 30 years experience in manufacturing. He was previously the general manager at Alson Manufacturing.


Guardian Industries Executive Earns International Recognition

James Moore, managing director of Guardian Europe, was presented the President’s Gold Medal by Árpád Gönez, president of the Republic of Hungary. The President’s Gold Medal is awarded annually to individuals who have made significant business or cultural contributions to the Republic. Moore was honored with the award for his dedication over the past ten years to raising the Hungarian flat glass industry to international levels. In addition, Gönez also commended the role Guardian has played in providing jobs to Hungarian workers.



Smart Says Farewell to Southwall

Southwall Technology’s J. Larry Smart has decided to not seek reelection as the director of the company, and will serve until the stockholders meeting, May 25. In addition to serving as a board member, from 1992 through 1994, Smart held the positions of president and CEO. Currently, Smart serves as the director of several private companies, as well as the chairman of the board for Visioneer, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Primax Electronics Ltd., of Taiwan.



Making Changes at Visteon

Dearborn, Mich.’s Visteon Float Glass has announced several managerial changes to its sales team. New district managers include Julie Gildersleeve in the west, Bill Rooks, in the south and Charlie Thomas, who is also the new automotive products manager in the north. Visteon’s sales and marketing department also has some new faces. Curt Bolden is marketing manager and William Lyons is marketing analyst.

Leyland Directs Sales and Marketing at Kawneer

wpe28.jpg (2655 bytes)Bob Leyland has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing and will be based at Kawneer Company’s Norcross, Ga., home office. Leyland has been with Kawneer since 1975 and has served in numerous sales and marketing positions, most recently as vice president of marketing.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities in both sales and marketing,” said Leyland. “We intend to use all our ingenuity and experience to ensure that our customers receive quality products within delivery deadlines, as well as 21st century marketing tools.”


A Minute With ...

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Vic Meden

Meden Glass Inc.

Before moving to the United States, Vic Meden served in Slovenia’s underground military during World War II. After relocating to America, he opened Meden Glass Inc. in Barberton Ohio. A family operated business, his wife and son are also active in the daily functions of the company.

Q. How long have you been in the glass business?

A. Since 1953 when I opened my shop.

Q. What’s it like working with your family?

A. I enjoy it. As a matter of fact, my son took over running the business ten years ago after I had a heart attack.

Q. How do your friends describe your job?

A. Well, we have a lot of repeat customers, so they must think highly of me.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not working?

A. I like to travel and work around the house.

Q. How do you think the glass business has changed since you first began in it?

A. I think it has changed quite a bit … it’s not as easy to be in the business today. There is much more competition.

Q. What would you say is special about your company?

A. We try to accommodate our customers, and we have certain contractors we work with; we don’t look for new contractors, and we don’t look for new customers. We just try to take care of the ones we have. We don’t advertise either; we don’t even have a sign outside.

Q. What do you get to do at your job that most people don’t do at theirs?

A. I will take on certain projects that others won’t even attempt. Sometimes it’s takes me longer to complete the work, and I feel bad that I have to charge the customers for extra time.

Q. What is challenging about your job?

A. I want my work to be like a storefront, like a monument of my work for my family when I’m gone.

Q. What are you most proud of?

A. What I do.

Q. If you could change anything about yourself, would you, and if so, what would it be?

A. Probably nothing.


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