Volume 36, Volume 2, February 2001


Visteon Couples Float Glass Sales and Manufacturing in New Division
Dearborn, Mich.-based Visteon Corp. has formed a new division of float glass sales and manufacturing operations, which the company hopes will strengthen its float glass segment by coupling the processes of sales and manufacturing.

Mark Meussner will serve Visteon as director of float glass sales and manufacturing operations. Previously, Meussner served the company as manager of its Tulsa glass plant and has held a variety of other positions at Visteon in his 25 years there. Joe Staffileno, former national account manager, will assist Meussner in his own new role as national sales manager.

In addition to these changes in its float glass segment, the company has named Roy Drake director of Carlite operations to lead Visteon’s automotive replacement glass unit in North America. Drake held the position of strategic business unit director of float glass operations previously.


Kasparis Welcome First Child
Rebecca Thake Kaspari, former exhibits manager for USGlass magazine, and her husband, Mark Kaspari of Agalite Shower Door, welcomed their first child, a son, Noah Bruce on March 6, 2001. 

The Kasparis met at Glass Expo™ Rocky Mountain in 1996 and were married the following year. Rebecca also serves as executive director of the Colorado Glazing Contractors Association. 

Thad C. Ziegler Named Chief Operations Officer at Thad Ziegler Glass
Thad W. Ziegler, president of San Antonio-based Thad Ziegler Glass Ltd., has announced the appointment of Thad C. Ziegler to the position of chief operations officer. Thad C. Ziegler represents the fifth generation of the Zeigler family to work for the company, which is 108 years old.

Harris Named Vistawall’s New President; Rutledge Promoted to Executive VP of Butler Manufacturing
Tom Harris has been named president of Terrell, Texas-based Vistawall Group. He replaces Ron Rutledge who has moved into the role of vice president of Butler Manufacturing, Vistawall’s parent company.
Harris has been with Vistawall for 25 years, most recently serving as vice president of the central region and vice president of sales and marketing.

Ludek R. Cerny Named Vice President of MTH Industries

Ludek (Lou) R. Cerny has been named vice president of MTH Industries of Chicago. In his new position, he will have an expanded role in management of the design, drafting and estimating functions at the 110-year old glass and metal contracting company.
Cerny began his career in the metal industry more than 20 years ago. He has been a project manager for MTH for the past six years and had worked as a project manager for RAMCO Industries for ten years prior to joining MTH. 
A graduate of Bemidji State University in Minnesota with a commercial design/technical illustration degree, he lives with his wife, Katarina, and son and daughter in Westmont, Ill. 

Jacqueline Luckett-Brown Passes Away
Jacqueline Luckett-Brown, who served as the office manager for Glass Designers of Chicago, passed away April 15. She was 33 years old.
She is survived by her father, John Luckett, who is the president of Glass Designers; her mother, Bobbye [Earl] Thunderbird; her sister, Jennifer Luckett; her husband, Lee A. Brown; and their daughter, Tylar Leigh-Anne. 

A Minute With...Terry Thomas

MTH Industries, ChicagoTERRY

Terry Thomas, who has worked for MTH Industries for 24 years, recently was elected into the Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame. Thomas was recognized specifically for his work in coaching one of Chicago’s semi-pro teams, the Chicago Thunder, and for leading them to three championships within the league. He was recognized at a ceremony at the National Football League Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on June 9. 

Q.How long have you been involved in football?

I’ve been coaching for 11 years. I just played a little as offensive tackle in high school. We have 53 players, three coaches, and I’m the head coach.

Q.How were you selected for this honor?

The way it works is you have to be sponsored by a previous member and a gentleman from one of the teams here in our league nominated me.

Q.Who are your football heroes? What about your favorite NFL and college teams?

That’s a tough question—I have a million of them. But to narrow it down, being from Chicago you have to have Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka and I guess a couple [Green Bay] Packers: Jerry Cramer and Ray Nitschke. I’m a Bears fan and a fan of Notre Dame college football.

Q.What kind of response have you gotten from the company on your winning this honor?

A few found out and they thought it was a neat thing. I play it down a lot only because there are guys that didn’t get nominated that did a lot more than I did in my 11 years. I’m honored, but I don’t think it needs to get a lot of fanfare.

Q.What is the furthest your team has gone in its respective division and league?

We’ve won three league championships and one second place in the league. In the national league, we’ve been as high as number five in the country. This last season our defense finished number four in the nation in the AA division. 

Q.Do you plan on continuing to coach the Chicago Thunder for awhile?

No, if I have my way, this coming season is it. I have too much going on. We’d have to win the thing again for me to come back for another year. Then I’d have four championships.

Q.What has your participation in sports taught you that you have used in the glass industry?

It’s taught me sportsmanship, hard work and all of that good stuff. It’s also taught me a lot about humility and how to work well on a team. 

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