Volume 37, Issue 11, November 2002



Harmon’s Cleveland Office Relocates; Company Recruits for Internships 

HARMON GROUP PICTURE The Harmon Inc. office in Cleveland has moved to a larger, newly renovated facility that the company says strategically positions it to better serve the Ohio market. The new Cleveland location will house 28 office and manufacturing employees in more than 28,000 square feet.

“While our new facility is just a short distance from our former office … the move to the larger location can accommodate more growth, better workflow and all of our sales, estimating, contract, service and fabricating capabilities,” said Harmon general manager Mike Robinson.

In addition, Harmon Inc. recently visited more than a dozen college campuses to promote its first company-wide internship program. Handing out brochures and answering questions about the commercial building industry’s glazed exterior needs, Harmon’s director of human resources, Tom Lotzer, led the company’s outreach initiative. “Creating a formal internship program is the perfect way to identify and cultivate the best candidates in the profession. This is a terrific opportunity to introduce them to the satisfying work of helping make our nation’s buildings attractive, comfortable and safe structures,” said Lotzer. 

President John Frye explained that the new internship program addresses the industry’s issue of recruiting and attracting new people to the industry. “People are the most important part of any process. Enhancing the knowledge and skills of our employees elevates our entire industry and that benefits everyone,” he said.

PMC Software Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

WINDOWMATE PMC Software of Flemington, N.J., is celebrating 20 years of providing computer-based products and services covering the entire spectrum of manufacturing and office operations for the window manufacturing and flat-glass production industries.

Founded in Budd Lake, N.J., 20 years ago, the company’s headquarters in Flemington has a test lab as well as meeting and training facilities. PMC also has offices in Wampum, Pa., and Madison, Wis.

O’Keeffe’s Inc. Opens New West Coast Offices
O’Keeffe’s Inc. has opened a new office in Petaluma, Calif., that will be managed by vice president of sales and marketing Mike Vizcarra and will be dedicated to serving customers in Northern California.

In addition, SAFTI, a division of O’Keeffe’s that manufactures fire- and safety-rated glazing materials, opened a new office in Salt Lake City. The new location will be managed by national sales manager Kevin Turner and is part of SAFTI’s efforts to provide customers with timely service from a more central location.

“I think it’s good right now to be closer to some of our best customers. I’m excited about the new products we have coming down the pipeline and the momentum of our sales force,” said Turner.

Monarch IG Opens Facility in Ohio
Sugarcreek, Ohio-based Precision Door and Glass announced the opening of its new wholly owned subsidiary Monarch IG Inc., an insulating glass manufacturing company located in Cambridge, Ohio. The new company will be manufacturing insulating glass to meet the demand of Precision’s entry door systems and Sugarcreek Industries’ replacement windows and patio doors.

According to a news release, Monarch IG is the first company in North America to utilize the Lisec/Super Spacer insulating glass production line. “Lisec equipment provides a cost-effective way to bring Super Spacer’s warm-edge capabilities to the insulating glass industry,” said Monarch general manager Mike Bricker.

“We have felt the need to vertically integrate the glass production process in order to better meet the high-quality and service standards of Precision and Sugarcreek,” said Bill Mullet, president and chief executive officer of Precision Door and Glass Inc., Sugarcreek Industries and Monarch IG.

TruSeal Awarded Ohio’s “E” Award
COPPOLA TruSeal Technologies of Beachwood, Ohio, was recently presented with one of Ohio’s Excellence in Exporting awards by Ohio Gov. Bob Taft. 

Awarded to companies and organizations “that demonstrate outstanding performance in exporting or heighten awareness of exporting as a vital component of the state’s economy,” TruSeal distributes warm-edge spacer systems for windows to 53 countries worldwide.

Gus Coppola (left) accepts the “E” award from Ohio Gov. Bob Taft.

“It was a privilege to be one of only 26 companies recognized for export excellence in a state that has such a progressive attitude toward global business endeavors,” said TruSeal chief executive officer Gus Coppola. “The highlight for the TruSeal team and me was to meet with Gov. Taft and hear first-hand his enthusiasm and commitment to support initiatives like ours to grow internationally,” he said. 

Ohio currently ranks second in the nation in the number of manufacturing jobs tied to exporting.

Frank Lowe Rubber & Gasket Co. Announces ISO Certification
Based in Farmingdale, N.Y., Frank Lowe Rubber & Gasket Co. has announced it has received ISO 9001:2000 certification. The certification applies to company’s entire quality management system, including manufacturing, sales and customer satisfaction.

“I attribute this accomplishment to excellent internal training, our diverse internal auditing team and the high level of dedication and understanding from all of Frank Lowe’s top management and employees,” said Ira Warren, president. “As I look ahead to what we are trying to accomplish as a company … putting the ISO 9001 practices in place is absolutely vital. Quality performance is the foundation of our business and is essential to our continued growth.”

ET Foundation Issues Grant to Lehigh Univ.
Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., became the recipient of a $90,000 grant over a three-year period from the Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation (ET Foundation). The grant will be used to establish a graduate fellowship at Lehigh’s Institute for Metal Forming (IMF) and will also fund graduate research into aluminum extrusion technology.

The ET Foundation selected the Institute of Metal Forming as its initial grant recipient because of IMF’s commitment to aluminum extrusion research and educational programming. The grant will defray expenses incurred by a graduate student, including partial tuition (to be matched by Lehigh University), laboratory fees, supplies and materials and some travel expenses. 


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