Volume 37, Issue 11, November 2002



Glass Industry Loses an Icon
The industry lost one of its shining stars with the recent passing of Jim Wilson of Glass Wholesalers Inc. Past president of the Houston Area Glass Association, Wilson was 80 years old and had stopped working just a month before losing his battle to cancer. Wilson had worked at Glass Wholesalers Inc. for the majority of the last 27 years.

new hires
Martin and Perilstein Join Arch Aluminum’s Team
Arch Aluminum & Glass of Tamarac, Fla., has recently announced the hiring of two new employees. Robert W. Martin is the new vice president of manufacturing and Max Perilstein has joined as director of marketing.

Martin joins Arch from Textron Inc. and previously worked for Guardian Industries.

“Bob Martin will add a great deal to our team,” said Leon Silverstein, chief executive officer. “He is a solid manufacturing guy and will help us reach our potential on the production side of the business.”

PERILSTEIN Perilstein joins Arch from United Glass Corp.’s affiliate in Michigan and will be responsible for the company’s overall marketing plan.

“Max is very creative and energetic. He also knows the industry very well and has quite a following,” said Silverstein. “We’re pleased that we can hire someone with credentials as impressive as his.”

EFCO Announces New Hires
EFCO Corp. of Monett, Mo., has announced changes and additions in company personnel. Robert Nation, previously quality director, has been appointed to the newly created position of corporate quality manager. Nation will maintain responsibility for quality systems throughout EFCO’s production facilities.

GRISWALD Jerry Griswold has also joined the EFCO team as quality manager for the company’s Barnwell, S.C., manufacturing facility. Griswold comes to the company following a 21-year career in quality assurance with Texas Instruments. Griswold has a bachelor is of science degree in engineering technology from Clemson University.

APPEL In addition, Marty Appel has accepted the position of production manager for EFCO’s Barnwell manufacturing facility. A graduate of James Madison University, Appel comes to the company from Eagle Bend Manufacturing in Clinton, Tenn.

Charles Appointed Dor-O-Matic Director of Sales and Marketing
Dor-O-matic of Harwood Heights, Ill., announced the appointment of Ed Charles to director of sales and marketing for the automatic door operator division of the Ingersoll-Rand Safety and Security Group.

His new responsibilities include designing and directing the company’s sales and marketing strategies to focus on targeting specific new markets and developing ways to expand the company’s current market share.

Charles most recently held the position of vice president of sales and marketing for Horton Automatics and brings more than 25 years of experience in sales, product development, customer service and marketing to the position.

Gross Joins Sika Corp.’s Industry Product Division
Sika Corp.’s industry products division, based in Madison Heights, Mich., has appointed Paul Gross as a product engineer. Gross will report to Scott Henry, director of product engineering, and will be responsible for developing new applications, commercializing products and supporting sales in transportation OEM markets. He will also act as the repository of technical expertise in the area of product application, performance and competitive positioning for transportation OEM markets. 

Gross was previously with National Starch and Chemical, where he held several sales and engineering positions over the last six years, including sales representative, technical service engineer and chemical engineer. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. 

Thomsen Promoted To Guardian Industries’ Group Vice President
Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries Corp. announced the promotion of Scott V. Thomsen to group vice president. Now responsible for directing research and development initiatives at Guardian’s Science and Technology Center (S&T), Thomsen’s mission involves reducing the center’s costs while still playing a vital role in bringing innovative products to the market. Established in 2000, the center utilizes more than 50 scientists, engineers and technicians from around the world in developing cutting-edge glass technologies and improved manufacturing processes for the architectural and automotive industries. 

“Scott Thomsen has energy, drive and passion for product and process innovation,” said Russell J. Ebeid, president of Guardian’s Glass Group. “He has taken S&T and helped build it into a world-class center for research and development. He is a contributor to Guardian’s future success.” 


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