Volume 35, Number 5, May 2000



Pollock Retires from PPG

E. Kears Pollock, PPG’s executive vice president, retired April 1, 2000, ending a 34-year career with the company. Pollock started his career with PPG in 1966 as a research engineer. He held several positions with the company before being elected in 1995 as vice president and then senior vice president of coatings. He was elected executive vice president in 1997. Pollock holds several outside positions, including being a board member of Carnegie Mellon University, and board chairman of the National Paint and Coatings Association.

Pollock has been succeeded by Charles E. (Chuck) Bunch, formerly senior vice president of strategic planning and corporate services. Bunch has been with PPG since 1979 serving in various positions including vice president of architectural coatings
and vice president of fiber-glass.
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.



Southwall Appoints Three to New Positions

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Southwall Technologies of Palo Alto, Calif., recently appointed C. Eric Buonassisi to the position of senior vice president for sales and marketing. Previously, Buonassisi was chief operating officer of Visucom Systems Inc., and also served 21 years with the Dupont Company.

Craig W. Young was appointed vice president of sales and marketing worldwide, Heat Mirror™, reporting to Buonassisi. Young has over 30 years experience in marketing and sales management, and was president of his own marketing services firm before joining Southwall.

Marc Eisel became director of European sales, Heat Mirror, and branch manager of the European sales office based in Brussels, Belgium. He comes to Southwall from Saint-Gobain Glass Benelux where his most recent position was general manager of two production units.


New Customer Service Supervisor Named to PRC-DeSoto

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PRC-DeSoto International of Gloucester City, N.J., has appointed Sharon McClaskey as customer service/demand supervisor of the PRC® Insulating Glass Sealants Group. McClaskey was formerly a customer service coordinator with Motorola Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


New Financial Chief at Flour City

Ian S. Ferdinands has joined Flour City International Inc. as chief financial officer. He succeeds interim chief financial officer, Jim Lawler, who will remain on as a financial consultant to the company. Ferdinands comes to Flour City from Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP, where he was a financial consultant assisting corporate clients in management and problem solving.



People on the Move at Harmon

Harmon Inc. of Golden Valley, Minn., has announced several promotions. Roger Matthews has been named central region general manager; his territory includes Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Matthews was formerly in the company’s Mason, Ohio, office. Dan Welty has been named Midwest regional general manager and will be based in the company’s Minneapolis contract office where he was previously general manager. Jim Mroz was named regional general manager of the Great Lakes region including Chicago, Detroit and South Bend, Ind. He was formerly general manager of the South Bend office. Paul Bailey has been promoted to general manager of Harmon’s new Washington, D.C. office. He was previously general manager of the Springfield, Va., office.

Tom Pichman became general manager of Harmon’s Chicago office. Pichman has been with the company for ten years. Scott Enfield has been promoted to general manager of the Minneapolis contract office after having served as the Minneapolis operations manager. Darren Beagle moved up from sales manager to general manager of the Lombard, Ill., office. Mike Robinson, former senior project manager, became general manager of Harmon’s Cleveland office. Bill Kruger, a 15-year veteran with Harmon, was named general manager of the South Bend, Ind., office.

Jim Schuermann has been hired as sales manager for the Mason, Ohio office, and John Walker was hired as the operations manager for the Minneapolis contract office.


A Minute With ...      James Bradford 
United Glass Corporation

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What would make a person leave a $1.5 billion asset company to embark upon a brand new venture? James Bradford, former CEO of AFG did just that, when in 1999 he took on the roles of president and CEO of the newly created United Glass Corporation (UGC), a consolidation of eight industry companies.

Q. Where did the idea of UGC originate?

A. Larry O’Connell had been involved in the electrical contracting business which had undergone a consolidation with Sterling City Capital and Byron Snyder. Larry envisioned this same idea could be carried over to the glass fabrication business and approached several companies that became the founders of UGC.

Q. What interested you about UGC that made you decide to leave AFG?

A. UGC offered the opportunity to obtain good profit margins without the same level of capital intensity that exists in other segments of the industry. I had a great career at AFG and was not out looking for a job. UGC offered a different adventure in the industry I like very much.

Q. How difficult was it to choose the eight UGC companies? What were you looking for in each one?

A. There are many commonalities among the companies, but they are indeed all different. All of the companies were, and are, in the business of adding value to glass. This was the foundation of selection.

Q. In the nine months since its inception, how is UGC faring in terms of its original goal?

A. We are doing very well. It has not been without a few bumps in the road and a surprise here or there, but overall I think we have accomplished what we set out to do.

Q. What does UGC have planned for the future?

A. UGC will continue to concentrate on improving internal operating efficiencies, growing our business, and investing in new ventures, products and focusing on our customers.

Q. At the NGA show the UGC booth stated “Independent Companies with a United Force,” what is the united force?

A. The image we project is companies with a common vision, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a willingness to try something new, to change the

Q. What role in the industry do you hope to see UGC playing ten years from now?

A. I would expect we would be the industry leader in our chosen field.


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