Volume 36, Issue 8, August 2001




Carter Retires After 46 Years in the Industry
Dmc2 lost quite a veteran on March 30 with the retirement of Thomas M. Carter, manager of new business development and acquisitions for the Dmc2 Glass Systems division of Degussa Metals Catalysts. Carter had worked in the glass industry for 46 years, 30 of which were with Drakenfield Colors, later known as Cerdec and currently as Dmc2, and 16 with Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries. 

His career began in 1955 when he joined Drakenfield. There he held positions in quality control, research, technical service and sales for architectural and other flat glass applications. In 1973 he joined PPG where he held positions in enameled products and flat glass decoration. In 1981 he was named PPG’s senior development engineer responsible for the development of screen-printed architectural glass products. From 1988 to 1990 he served as development project engineer for their architectural market responsible for new product development and improving product quality.
In 1990 Carter rejoined Drakenfield as manager of glass technical services, and was named flat glass industry manager in 1993 when Drakenfield integrated into Cerdec. In 1998 he was promoted to manager of new business ventures for the Cerdec Glass Division, and in 1999 was named to his most recent position.

omings and goings

Ruch Retires as PPG Spokesperson; Worden to Head Public Relations Program
With nearly 33 years at PPG Industries, John S. Ruch, manager of corporate public information, retired July 1. Ruch joined the company in 1968 as public relations representative for chemical businesses and later managed a public relations staff serving all of the company’s businesses. In 1976 he served as eastern region public relations manager in New York City, and returned to Pittsburgh in 1982 as corporate media relations manager. He took on his most recent position in 1998.

Prior to joining PPG Ruch worked in public relations for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and as a reporter for United Press International (UPI) at bureaus in Pennsylvania and Ohio, before managing UPI’s Cleveland bureau.
Jeffrey A. Worden, who has been with PPG since 1998, succeeds Ruch as manager of public relations. Worden’s first position with PPG was a business writer responsible for executive speechwriting and investor presentations, as well as public relations support.

Prior to joining PPG he was a senior speechwriter and manager of public relations for six years at PNC Bank. He was a journalist for 15 years and held several positions at the Pittsburgh Press from 1985 to 1992.

BakBakerer Joins EFCO as New Director of Materials
Based in Monett, Mo., EFCO Corp. has announced Doyle Baker will serve as its new director of materials. Baker’s responsibilities include managing the company’s purchasing function and overseeing the scheduling of all manufacturing jobs.
Prior to his new position, Baker served as director of distribution and manufacturing for Hollywood Entertainment Corp. in Portland, Ore.

He has a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Kansas State University.

Ryals and McCown Join Harmon Inc.; Mowrey Named VP Business Development
Harmon Inc., based in Golden Valley, Minn., has hired Tim Ryals to serve as a project manager for its Atlanta office, and Michael McCown to serve as contract sales representative for its Gump Glass office in Denver.

Before joining Harmon, Ryals worked as a project manager for Norshield Security Products, and also worked as a mechanical engineer with automotive component manufacturer Freudenberg-NOK. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University.

McCown has nearly 30 years experience, beginning his career at Binswanger glass while a student at the University of Memphis. He is a member of the Colorado Glass Association and the Associated Builders and Contractors. 
Also new at Harmon, Charles Mowrey has been named vice president of business development, and is responsible for a pilot program focusing on renovation projects. Mowrey will launch and oversee the program from the company’s Golden Valley, Minn., office. 

Mowrey began his career at Harmon 14 years ago, and has held sales, marketing and management positions. Prior to Harmon he worked with Shelton Greer, an architectural panels manufacturer in Houston and with Composite Technologies, a fiberglass panels manufacturer in Fort Worth, Texas.



CRL Appoints™ Sales Vice President

Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. has named Troy Myerson vice president of TM Sales. In this position Myerson will be responsible for managing the company’s TM sales force which manages CRL’s relationships with customers and customer service. The appointment also makes Myerson part of CRL’s executive committee. 

Along with Myerson’s promotion, three sales managers have also been promoted: Rick Hauserman, East Coast sales manager; Tony DePalma, Central region manager; and Alan Keller, West Coast manager.

Amesbury Group, Laird Security Systems Names New President
Rich Koopman has been named the new president of the Amesbury Group, Laird Security Systems Division (U.K.). He has more than 15 years experience and most recently served as vice president and general manager at Balance Sy stems-BSI, another division of the Amesbury Group with facilities in Sioux FAlls, S.D., and Statesville, N.C.

Lawlor Names Vice President/General Manager of Hydro Aluminum Wells Unit
Baltimore-based Hydro Aluminum Wells Inc. has named Patrick Lawlor its new vice president and general manager for its Midwest extrusions group, which includes the company's operations in North Liberty, Ind., Monett, Mo. and Cassville, Mo.

Lawlor has been with Hydro Aluminum Wells' parent company, Hydro Aluminum Extrusions, since 1991, and most recently served as managing director of Hydro Ellay Enfield Ltd., another Hydro Extrusion subsidiary.

AFG Appoints Ladd New Chief Financial Officer
Doris Ladd has been named AFG Industries' chief financial officer. In this new position Ladd will have financial responsibility for the company and its manufacturing facilities throughout North America.

For the past seven years Ladd has served as AFG's treasurer, and joined the company in 1976 as a staff accountant. She held several other positions with AFG including cost accountant, plant accountant, cost accounting manager and controller.

Rutledge Named VP Butler ManufacturingRutledge
Ron Rutledge recently assumed the position of executive vice president for B utler Manufacturing Co., parent company of the Vistawall Group.

Rutledge will now be responsible for Butler Construction, Lester Building Systems and the Vistawall Group, as well as corporate initiatives such as lean manufacturing and strategic alliances.

Prior to this position Rutledge served as president of the Vistawall Group.


Poor Doug Ellerbrock of U.S. Aluminum. He just took over as vice president for the company's commercial prodcuts group, and in trying to covr it, we misspelled his name in the July issue.

Not yet satisfied that we had convinced him of our incompetence, we then proceeded to mangle his quote in the article on page 26 of this issue. It should have read, "This new facility is our second plant in Canada. Our Langley, British Columbia facility has been extremely successful, and I anticipate this facility, with state-of-the-art plant line, will also become successful in a very short time."

We welcome Mr. Ellerbrock to U.S. Aluminum and apologize for these uncharacteristic errors.

A Minute With...tomharriscartoon
Russell Huffer
e Enterprises Inc. Minneapolis

Sure, running a big company isn’t always easy, but try running eight companies. The job       can get stressful. But, Russ Huffer, Apogee chairman, president and chief executive officer, has a sure-fire stress-relief tactic and a pretty good idea of what makes a company one for which people like to work. After all, two Apogee companies—Viracon and Harmon Inc.—made the USGlass “Best Companies to Work For” list.

Q. How did you get involved in this industry?
I was laid off from Ford Motor Co. in the 1980s, and I knew an executive at Ford who knew an executive with Guardian, and gave him a list of the engineers who had been laid off from Ford to see if he could hire any of us. They hired everyone on the list.

Q. What do you think are some characteristics that make a company one for which people like to work?
We try to give our people as much responsibility as they can take on and then give them a level of expected performance to work towards. They understand the standards they are held to and the emphasis on integrity and of being good to our word. 

Q. Why do you think Viracon and Harmon Inc. stand out from other companies? 
At Harmon Inc., a huge effort goes into training people. Growth has also generated a demand for positions so we’ve seen a lot of movement, and the employees are committed to finding ways to grow the business. At Viracon, they are providing a product to the marketplace that is very beneficial … they get to produce something they can see, and are very proud of seeing their work.

Q. It’s often been said that going the extra mile is what makes a difference. How does Apogee “go the extra mile” for its employees?
I try to communicate with as many employees as possible, face-to-face. I make presentations a few times a year to thousands of our employees in groups of less than 50. 

Q. Apogee has gone though some tough times. What sort of stress relief tactics did you use?
I was an instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and we used to fly faster than the speed of sound three feet away from other planes; you can't move your head or your eyes [when you're like that]. Now that can be stressful. So, I had an instructor who told me to wiggle my toes [to relieve stress]. So even now when I'm stressed I wiggle my toes. And no one can see it, so no one knows I'm stressed.

Q. What was the worst job you ever had? The best job?
I had some jobs that weren't much fun. I grew up on a farm so I handled the end of a shovel a lot. But I think I've been fortunate with my jobs. I'd be hard-pressed to say I've ever had a bad job. The job is always the one you have today.


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