Volume 37, Issue 2, February 2002


Harmon Inc. Establishes National Renovation Team; Adds Locations

Due to the success of Minneapolis-based Harmon Inc.’s renovation pilot program in Minnesota, the company has established a four-person team to focus exclusively on clients’ renovation needs. Charles Mowrey, vice president of business development, led the program’s initial launch and will continue to oversee the renovation division. Other division members are Steve Norton, director of sales; Marshall Lindell, senior sales associate; and Ryan Cogan, engineering manager. 

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Harmon Inc.’s renovation team shown here from left to right Ryan Cogan, Steve Norton, Charles Mowrey and Marshall Lindell.

Following the slogan, “for the life of your building,” the program is also expanding to include three additional locations in 2002: Chicago, Cincinnati and Cleveland. 

According to information from the company, the program is geared toward servicing the entire life cycle of a building’s glazed exterior, and the division provides building owners, property managers and renovation contractors with contract glazing solutions.
CG 2 Harmon’s new program is geared toward servicing a building’s entire life cycle.

“We want to offer our clients superior, consistent performance through a dedicated, experienced team of experts who understand the unique challenges that face aging commercial and institutional buildings,” said Mowrey. “Working in collaboration with air quality testing and abatement firms, we can help alleviate mold, lead and asbestos associated with ‘sick building syndrome.’ Through our close vendor relationships, we can recommend and install high security, blast-resistant window system solutions. Together with our glass suppliers, we also can design and replace window systems with high-performance, energy-efficient, insulating, low-E glass, thermally improved frames and insulation barriers.”

Kawneer to Close Jonesboro Plant
Kawneer, based in Norcross, Ga., has announced it will close its Jonesboro, Ga., plant by the end of March 2002 as part of its production realignment. 

According to information from Kawneer, the closing will affect about 250 hourly and salaried employees. (The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union represents the plant’s hourly employees.)

“There is industry over-capacity and declining market demand,” said William O. Cralley, Kawneer president. “We must reduce our manufacturing base if we are to remain an industry leader. This decision is especially difficult because of the impact on our employees and their families. We will provide appropriate support to help them through this difficult time.”

Tom Szematowicz, Jonesboro plant manager, also said he will focus on helping employees in the weeks ahead as production begins ramping down. “We will also work with state and Clayton County officials to help make the site available for some other interested business in the future,” he said.

The Jonesboro plant has one extrusion press and associated services that produce aluminum doors and frames for commercial construction. Kawneer says this portion of the business will transfer to its other locations.


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