Volume 35, Number 12, December 2000



Apogee Names New CFO and Executive VP

Apogee Enterprises has named Michael B. Clauer its new executive vice president and chief financial

"Mike's experience and personal style will accelerate Apogee's efforts to rebuild shareholder value," said Russell Huffer, Apogee chairman, president and chief executive officer. "He is joining the company at a time when Apogee is showing solid progress in its core businesses, and his operational expertise will be instrumental in our efforts to gain efficiencies across our business units and at corporate. Mike also has successfully delivered cost-effective shared administrative services and will provide leadership in this key Apogee strategy moving forward."

Clauer brings to Apogee experience as chief financial officer and executive vice president of Budget Group Inc., a car and truck rental company, and chief financial officer of Open Port Technology, a software company in Chicago.


ITS de Mexico Names Villarreal New Manager

The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek Testing Services Ltd. (ITS) has appointed Francisco Villarreal its new manager of application services. In this position Villarreal will assist ITS clients whose products are targeted to Mexican markets, by facilitating the Norma Oficial Mexicana certification, which is mandatory for the import of products into Mexico.

"Francisco is a welcome addition to the ITS team, and the next logical step in our commitment to smoothing Mexican certification cycles for our clients," said Gregg Tiemann, vice president ITS ETL SEMKO, Americas.

Berges Elected to Board
of Directors of PPG

James G. Berges, president of Emerson Electric Co. in St. Louis, has been elected to the board of directors of PPG Industries of Pittsburgh. He has been with Emerson Electric since 1976 and was elected the company's president in May 1999. In addition, he holds a degree from the University of Notre Dame in electrical engineering.


SGCD Elects President
for 2000-2001

The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD) elected Denis Casey its president for 2000-2001. Casey served as vice president during the last term.

Casey, who is also vice president of Central Ceramic Supply in Port Clinton, Ohio, succeeds Myra Smitley as president.


Smith Named New President Association Services Corp.

Stanley L. Smith has recently been named the new president of the Association Services Corp. (ASC) and the executive vice president of the Glass Association of North America (GANA).

Smith, who received his Bachelor of Science degree from Pittsburg State University in Kansas, also completed additional education in senior level management and engineering while serving in the U. S. Army.

In addition, Smith has served as the senior manager for the City of Concordia, Kansas and the City Administrator of Ulysses, Kansas. Prior to his public administration service he served as commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Bill Birch, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of ASC since its inception in 1975, will continue on as CEO of ASC until the end this month, and will remain on as GANA's consultant. "I knew from my first meeting with Stan that he was the one for the job," said Birch. "He is a positive, forward thinker with a can-do attitude. We are excited about having Stan on board and look forward to working with him in developing an understanding of the glass and fenestration industries."


TubeliteŽ Announces Staff Changes

Tubelite Inc. of Reed City, Mich., recently made two staff changes. Ian G. Welsh, who previously served as a business unit manager for a manufacturer of commercial ceilings and doors, has been hired as the company's new vice president-operations. In this position Welsh will be responsible for all manufacturing operations as well as purchasing, scheduling and human resources.

Also new to Tubelite is Alan Himmel, who has been hired as the new extrusion manager. Himmel joins Tubelite with more than 35 years experience in the aluminum extrusion industry and will be responsible for all Tubelite extrusion operations and the plat-wide maintenance department.


Kumar Named New Vice President
of Operations for VVP America

Suresh A. Kumar has been promoted to the position of vice president of operations at VVP America. Formerly, Kumar served as vice president of purchasing and business development, and has been with the Memphis, Tenn.-based company since 1989.

"Suresh has made many valuable contributions to our company over the years," said VVP America president and chief executive officer Mark Burke. "His experience and leadership talents make him uniquely qualified for this new position."

Kumar holds an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from Southern Illinois University.


Changes and New Faces at ODL

Zeeland, Mich.-based ODL has announced two recent staff changes. Jeff Mulder has been promoted to the position of director of distribution sales, and is responsible for exploring and supporting new and existing ODL customers. He has been with the company for nine years.

In addition, Scott Harder has joined the ODL team as the new regional manager for the Southern region, and is responsible for supporting the sales efforts of factory representatives and company sales people in 15 states. n

A Minute With ...

Scott Thomsen

Guardian Industries

STHOMSEN Scott Thomsen, director of the recently-opened Guardian Industries Center for Technology, has high hopes for the glass industry, and foresees many advancements in the industry through the research he is conducting at Guardian's Center for Technology.

Q. What is your background as an engineer?

A. Before I came to Guardian, I worked for another company owned by Mr. [William] Davidson, president and chief executive officer for Guardian, called Optical Imaging Systems in Northville, Mich. There, I was vice president of research and engineering. The company made liquid crystal displays and digital imaging sensors.

Q. What is your main goal for the center?

A. Our main focus is to bring additional valued features and attributes to glass and plastics. When you think about glass and plastics, they both have reached commodity status. So, our goal is to find innovative solutions to bring value to both glass and plastics.

Q. On what projects are you currently working at the center?

A. Some of the key projects we're working on are the water-repellent glass, which is like hydrophobic and hydrophilic glass. Right now we plan on launching some of these products in the third or fourth quarter of 2001. Another big thing we're working on for the automotive sector is infrared reflective glass to keep the heat out of cars. Right now we're in production in Europe for a platform and we have several new designs on the platform. In addition, another big product on the architectural side is Sun-Gard™, a low-E coating. Overall, we have a few new products and we're continuing to add to that portfolio.

Q. What is the most interesting assignments you've ever had?

A. The best project I worked on was when I was technical director for flights at Honeywell, where I spent eight years. I worked on developing the liquid crystal panel displays for the space shuttles. It was the most recent upgrade for all the systems.

Q. How long did you work with Guardian to open the Technology Center?

A. When I came to Guardian 18 months ago, I was hired as director of the center. We had 10 people in research and development then and now we have 50. Even before we moved into the center in June, we had leased some space. So, the initiative started in 1999, but we didn't physically move in until 2000.

Q. What advice would you give a young engineer just starting out in the industry?

A. I think one of the key things is you have to find out what really motivates you and what really gives you satisfaction in the workplace, because once you determine that you will be successful. n