Volume 38, Issue 9, September 2003


Harold McMaster Passes Away at Age 87

Harold A. McMaster, a glass industry inventor from Perrysburg Township, Ohio, died August 25 at the age of 87 from a heart attack. McMaster had been called "The Glass Genius" by Fortune magazine, and had done much work and research with both glass and solar energy.

In 1940 McMaster went to work for then Libbey-Owens-Ford where he worked until 1948. In 1948 he started the company Permaglass, which merged with Guardian in 1969. In 1971 McMaster, along with Norman Nitschke and Frank Larimer formed Glasstech Inc.

McMaster held more than 100 patents related to glass bending and tempering, and in 1991 was inducted into the Ohio Science Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Helen, sons Ronald and Alan, daughters Jeanine Sandwisch Dunn and Nancy Cobie, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Harmon Announces Dennis Flynn’s Retirement

Minneapolis-based Harmon Inc. has announced the retirement of Dennis Flynn. As regional general manager in the Midwest, Flynn supervised the company’s Minneapolis and Denver offices, in addition to assisting with business development and expansion throughout the area. With Harmon since 1974, Flynn started as a project manager, and during his nearly 30-year career with the company, went on to serve as vice president of operations for the contract division and as president of Norment Industries in Montgomery, Ala.

“While Dennis has worn many hats during his tenure, his most significant contributions can be seen on the operations side, in the people he hired and inspired,” said Tom Theisen, Harmon’s vice president of operations. “He was instrumental in recruiting and developing the future leaders of our company. He helped launch hundreds of careers, including my own. Dennis truly helped shape the success of our business and, to a large extent, the glazing industry as a whole.”

Major Industries Announces Two Personnel Changes
Major Industries of Wausau, Wis., has promoted Sandy Zarda to vice president and hired Ron Thompson as director of sales.

Sandy Zarda Zarda, who has been with the company since 1996, will provide operational leadership in her new position, including day-to-day responsibility for running Major’s internal business operation. Her duties will include the development of company systems, standard operating procedures, directing staff and auditing company performance.

Thompson, who joins the company with experience in sales and sales management, will provide sales leadership in his new position, including day-to-day responsibility for new business development and closing sales in North America. Ron Thompson

In addition to being responsible for getting Major specified through architectural promotion, aggressive opportunity tracking and maintaining a consistent effort to secure customer orders, Thompson will hire, train and develop Major’s independent architectural reps and dealers.

Coastal Industries Announces Several Recent Promotions

Ray  Adams Jacksonville, Fla.-based Coastal Industries has promoted Ray Adams to president, while William M. Cobb, the founder and chairperson of the company, will assume the role of chief executive officer.

“Coastal Industries started as a humble, six-person operation in 1972 and has expanded to a manufacturing operation 25 times its original size,” said Cobb. “Ray has been instrumental in continuing this growth by managing Coastal’s marketing and sales objectives. He is the perfect choice to replace me as president.”

Adams brings more than 18 years of experience to his new position. In 2000, he joined the company as  vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to joining Coastal, Adams was employed by a Mark Rowlett building products manufacturer where he worked for 13 years. Coastal has also announced the promotion of Mark Rowlett to national sales manager. Rowlett, who previously served as Western regional manager, will have responsibility over all of Coastal’s internal and external sales staff. Prior to joining Coastal in 1998, Rowlett was employed by American Flat Glass Distribution and Capitol Glass & Aluminum Corp.

Steve Turner Steve Turner will take over Rowlett’s previous position of Western regional manager. Based in Denver, Turner brings 15 years of sales experience to his new post.

Harmon Announces Leadership Transition
John Frye Harmon Inc. has announced top-level changes at its national headquarters in Golden Valley, Minn. 

After more than 30 years with Harmon, including the last ten as president, John Frye will take on a new position as vice president with parent company Apogee Enterprises, effective October 1, 2003. In his new role, Frye will report to corporate executive officer Russ Huffer and assist with architectural strategic growth initiatives. 

Taking Frye’s place as president of Harmon will be Chuck Mowrey. Lou Podbelski has been named executive vice president.

Chuck Mowrey Most recently, Mowrey served as vice president of business development where he was responsible for leading the launch and national expansion of the Harmon Renovation business line. Mowrey has been with the company for 16 years and is a leader in the Six Sigma/Lean corporate initiative focus on reducing process time. 

Lou Podbelski A Harmon employee since 1989, Podbelski currently serves as vice president of sales and marketing, and is responsible for Harmon’s strategic planning, sales management and training, internal and external communications, risk analysis and customer relationship management. As executive vice president, he will have an expanded role in the organization. 

Harmon has also announced three personnel promotions in its mid-Atlantic regional offices. Ronald Mantegna has been named regional vice president, while Curt Johnson and Wayne Shelton have been promoted to operations managers.

Most recently holding the position of regional manager, Mantegna has been with Harmon for 18 years. In his new role, he will oversee a 125-person team of sales, office, fabrication and field staff. 

Johnson and Shelton previously held titles as senior project managers and now share supervision of the Baltimore office’s 14-person project management team. 

new hires
Ifland Returns to Heitmann & Associates
Heitmann & Associates of Chesterfield, Mo., has announced the return of Jim Ifland as senior engineer consultant. Ifland re-joins Heitmann after ten years in the AEC field.

Ifland holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Kansas State University and an associated sciences degree in architectural drafting technology from Central Missouri State.

Virtek Announces Goodnow’s Appointment
Virtek Laser Systems of Waterloo, Ontario, has appointed Tom Goodnow director of North and South American sales for its FOBA line of laser marking and engraving 

“Tom’s business expertise and extensive knowledge of industrial laser applications, combined with the quality and capabilities of FOBA products, put us in a great position to develop and grow Virtek sales of FOBA laser systems in the Americas,” said Kevin Quinlan, Virtek’s vice president of sales and business development.

A 20-year veteran in laser equipment sales, Goodnow previously served as director of sales of the laser systems division at General Scanning before joining Virtek.
Statre Adds New Sales Reps
Statre Corp. of Troy, Mich., has added Elaine Conner and Mike Miles to its staff as outside sales representatives. 

Conner has been employed with the company for the past 14 years, serving as office manager and handling inside sales responsibilities.

Miles joined Statre earlier this year and was previously employed as a sales manager at Rollie Williams paint spot.

Abrams Architectural Products Hires Hale
Atlanta-based Abrams Architectural Products (AAP) has announced the addition of Matt Hale to its staff. Hale has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, including management roles with Ford Motor Co., AFG Industries and Arch Aluminum & Glass.
“Matt brings us a wealth of industry experience and contacts,” said AAP founder Frank Abrams. “His expertise in the architectural glass and aluminum industries will help the company meet our sales growth goals.”

ASC Announces New Executive Assistant
Association Services Corporation (ASC) of Topeka, Kan., has hired Jaime Harris to fill the position of executive assistant. Harris’s responsibilities will focus on the Glass Association of North American (GANA) in regards to meeting coordination, publications sales and other general duties. 

“We are glad to have Ms. Harris on our team and believe she will be a valued asset to ASC and its future growth,” said Stanley L. Smith, president of ASC. “In an effort to continually provide our association members with the most comprehensive customer service, we look forward to the commitment that she will provide to our members.” 


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