Volume 38, Issue 12, December 2003


Barkow’s John Weise Meets with President Bush on IRS Section 179

On October 3, John R. Weise, owner and president of Milwaukee-based F. Barkow Inc., was one of three local Milwaukee business owners who met with President George W. Bush to discuss issues affecting small businesses. Bush was in Milwaukee to address a group of local business people on the subject of jobs, tax relief and the economy. 

The president’s speechwriters interviewed Weise about how F. Barkow has benefited from IRS Section 179, part of the Job and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. Section 179 allows equipment purchases up to $100,000 to be deducted from taxable income (expensed) if installed by December 31. The 2003 law quadruples the amount of qualified property that can be expensed under IRS Section 179 from $24,000 to $100,000 for tax years 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Prior to the public speech, Weise and the two other business owners were invited to meet with President Bush for one-half hour, giving him the opportunity to talk candidly with the president about the state of the economy, his appreciation of the current tax cuts and other business matters.

During his address, President Bush cited Weise’s support of Section 179, stating: 
“He told me that as a result of the tax plan passed by Congress, now in effect, that he is going to purchase a turret press to replace the one that his company has had in place since 1971. Somebody is going to make the turret press for him. There’s somebody getting a job because John has decided to make an additional purchase because of the tax relief plan.”

Luigi Robbiati Named to Fill New VP Position with DuPont P&IP
Based in Wilmington, Del., DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers (P&IP) has created a new global vice president position for its products and services to the glass laminating industry. Luigi Robbiati has been named to the new role. Robbiati has been with DuPont for 30 years and will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Previous leadership positions Robbiati has held at DuPont include roles in printing and publishing, imaging, X-ray and industrial film enterprises. He recently headed DuPont’s European Teijin films business.

According to Craig Binetti, P&IP president, the new business emphasis will include a renewed focus on worldwide manufacturing and customer support capability as well as research and development. The unit will be called DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions and will continue to operate as part of P&IP within the Performance Materials platform.

Ondrus Joins Atwood Mobile/Spec-Temp
Michael J. Ondrus has joined Atwood Mobile Products, Antwerp Operations, home of Spec-Temp Glass based in Antwerp, Ohio, as sales and marketing manager. Prior to his appointment, he held various sales and marketing positions with Pilkington North America, where he most recently served as inside sales manager for Pilkington’s building products division.

Ondrus earned his master’s degree in business administration from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from the University of Toledo.

Messerli Promoted to Harmon’s Midwest Manager; Bendt Named 
Interim Regional General Manager 

Minneapolis-based Harmon Inc. has promoted Kurt Messerli to regional general manager for the Midwest region. In his new position, Messerli will oversee the Minneapolis, Detroit and Milwaukee offices, while continuing to lead the company’s lean initiative and to support all Harmon regions. 

Previously, Messerli served as director of operations for Harmon Renovation. He has more than 20 years of experience in the building industry, which includes working as a field engineer with M.A. Mortenson Co. in Minneapolis, which is how he began his career. 

John Bendt, Harmon’s director of business development for glass services, will now be serving as regional general manager on an interim basis for the Denver and Minneapolis’s Minnehaha offices. In this role Bendt will be working closely with Messerli.
Bendt holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marquette University.

New Sales Team Announced at Desert Glass Products
Desert Glass Products LLC has announced four new members to its sales team.

Norman Turf is now responsible for sales in the Las Vegas area and for development of a new California sales territory. 

Sharing responsibility for the Arizona territory are Rick Kurzweil and Jim Fendley.
In addition, Deron Dile has joined the company to help launch the architectural aluminum program and assist in the expansion and sales territory development.

Lawson Named Mirror Division General Manager for Arch
Arch Aluminum & Glass of Tamarac, Fla., has announced the appointment of Tony Lawson as the new general manager for its mirror division.

Lawson has experience in manufacturing, sales, marketing and glass fabrication as well as a background in developing business opportunities. He recently served as the Southeast United States regional sales manager for Guardian Industries.

“Tony’s strong background in leadership and management positions will serve Arch Aluminum well as we move forward with our growth plans for 2004 and beyond,” said Leon Silverstein, president and chief executive officer. 

new hires
Ellen Zerucha Joins Tremco asProduct Manager
Tremco of Beachwood, Ohio, has announced the hiring of Ellen Zerucha as a product manager for glazing systems in its sealant weatherproofing division. 

Prior to joining Tremco, Zerucha was a manager of applications engineering with XLO Group in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. She has six years of product management experience in automotive manufacturing.

New General Manager Named for TRACO Architectural Systems Inc.
TRACO of Cranberry Township, Pa., has announced the hiring of James Rockar as the general manager for TRACO Architectural Systems Inc. in Kingsport, Tenn. Previously he served as vice president, special projects, for Walton Construction Co. in Kansas City, Mo. He has also held positions with PPG Industries Inc., Cupples Products, Gordon H. Smith Corp. and various other architectural firms in Pittsburgh.

Rockar has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.

“We are excited to have Jim join our TRACO team,” said John Kalakos, TRACO executive vice president. 

“We know that he will be an asset to [our] newly formed company and help to accelerate our growth.”

Industrial Sales Corporation Announces New Midwest Sales Reps
Westport, Conn.-based Industrial Sales Corp. has announced three new sales representatives for the Midwest.

Bradley Horning joins the company from Wegoma Inc., where he worked for four years. He will be representing Industrial Sales in Illinois, Indiana and Northern Kentucky.

Joseph Horning joins from Integrated Components. His territory includes West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.

Walter Horning also joins the company from Integrated Components. He will be representing the company in Michigan and Western Ohio.

Three New Faces Announced at Solar Seal
Solar Seal Co. has announced several personnel changes within its sales department.

Phillip Hannan has joined the company’s door group with 30 years of experience in sales and marketing to the building industry.

Jean Kirby is the new customer service manager and has 15 years of experience in sales, purchasing and material management in the glass industry.

In addition, Bruce Conti has joined the company’s door group. He has 16 years of experience in the glass industry. 


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