Volume 39, Issue 1, January 2004


Kennedy Retires from AFG; Litzinger Assumes Role of President and CEO
D. Roger Kennedy, president and chief executive officer (CEO) for AFG Industries Inc. since 1999, has announced his retirement, effective January 5, 2004. John L. Litzinger, previously executive vice president, assumed the role of president and CEO.

Kennedy joined AFG in 1980 as a senior marketing analyst, and held various management positions for the company. Prior to being elected president he spent ten years in Atlanta as president of AFGD.

“This has been an exciting time to lead a glass company,” said Kennedy. “We have survived a recession and a very weak commercial construction market by focusing on our business basics and never forgetting the importance and value of our customers and their needs. With our markets improving and a solid forecast for 2004, I felt it was time to enjoy the fruits of our labor.” He continued, “My wife, Martha, and a I are looking forward to relaxing, travel and just enjoying ourselves.”

Litzinger joined AFG in 1978 as quality manager at the Jerry Run, W.Va., plant. This was followed by manufacturing and technical development roles prior to being named vice president, manufacturing in 1992. He assumed the role of executive vice president in 1999.

“I am inheriting a responsibility and opportunity from Roger (Kennedy), which is in good financial condition and clear vision for the future,” said Litzinger. “My role will be to continue to focus on costs while growing our value-added products and the accelerated introduction of new technologies and services to our customers and markets. We live and work in a highly competitive global market, which is changing rapidly. It is up to us to profitably grow our businesses by having a clear vision of the opportunities which lay ahead of us."

new hires
Olson and Helfrich Join Harmon 
Harmon Inc. has announced the hiring of Mark Olson as a senior sales representative.
Olson has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, joining the company from Kawneer, for which he most recently served as an architectural sales representative. 

He is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute and the Institute of Real Estate Management. He has a master's degree in industrial management from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree in industrial education from Winona State University. 

New to Harmon's Lombard, Ill., office is Steven Helfrich, a new project manager.
Helfrich has more than 12 years of experience in construction project management. He began his career with Harmon and then worked for Norment Security Group. His most recent position with Norment was that of Midwest regional manager.

He has a bachelor's degree in construction management from Bradley University.

Clint Glass Joins U.S. Aluminum
United States Aluminum Corp. of Waxahachie, Texas, has announced the hiring of Clint Glass as its general manager for its Guelph, Ontario, manufacturing facility.

Glass has a degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario and also studied accounting at McGill University in Montreal and York University in Toronto.

Terry Hessom Joins the Arch Team
Terry Hessom has recently joined Arch Aluminum & Glass as a manufacturing specialist. Prior to joining Arch he served as a plant manager at UGC’s Pittsburgh facility.

“Terry is another great addition. He has done it all inside a glass and aluminum fabrication plant and now he’ll be able to pass that knowledge on to our people,” said vice president of manufacturing Bob Martin.

AFG Announces New Sales Rep
Kingsport, Tenn.-based AFG Industries Inc. has announced that Jorge Hernandez has joined the company as a sales representative for Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico.

Hernandez has undergraduate degrees in marketing and telecommunications engineering. He is currently working on a master’s degree in management from Webster University of Business and Technology. 

Gregory Thomas is New Addition to Pilkington North America Sales Team
Pilkington North America of Toledo, Ohio, has announced that Gregory Thomas is a new regional territory manager for the South-Central United States. Thomas is based in Burleson, Texas, and is responsible for sales and marketing of the company’s residential and architectural products in the region.

Thomas has been with the company since 1996 in various roles within automotive glass operations.


O’Brien Named GANA Insulating Division Educational Seminar Chair
Bill O’Brien of Dow Corning will be serving as the chairperson of the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) insulating division educational seminar. He will work to plan quality educational sessions for the Glass Fabrication: Insulating, Laminating and Tempering Educational Seminar™.

“I am extremely proud to accept this position that will work to educate the industry on various products and procedures,” said O’Brien. “As the first insulating division educational seminar chairperson I hope to build upon the strong quality educational foundation that has been built by the Glass Association of North America and the Glass Fabrication Educational Seminar.

With Dow Corning since 1984, O’Brien currently specializes in integrating silicone products into systems that require high performance capabilities. 

Wright Re-Elected Laminating Division Chair
GANA’s laminating division has re-elected Richard (Rick) E. Wright of Oldcastle Glass as the division chair. Wright was first elected to the position at Glass Week™ 2002. He will continue his next two-year term at Glass Week 2004.

Wright has more than 30 years of experience in the glass industry, in both manufacturing and fabrication. He has held positions with CE Glass, Hordis Brothers, HGP & Affiliates and Oldcastle. He has a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

In addition, Wright serves on the board of directors for the Insulating Glass Manufactures Alliance and the Glazing Industry Code Committee. He is also the chair of ASTM committee C14 on Glass and Glass Products and subcommittee C14.08 on Flat Glass. 

“I was very pleased to learn of my re-election as chairman of the laminating division of GANA,” said Wright. “There are several important issues that are currently being addressed by laminating division task groups. We have a strong group consisting of task group leaders, the technical committee chairman and the GANA staff and technical director that will get the job done.”

Bartoe Re-Elected Tempering Division Chair 
GANA’s tempering division has re-elected Renald (Ren) Bartoe of Vesuvius McDanel as chairperson. Bartoe was first elected to the position at Glass Week™ 2002, and will continue his next two-year term starting at Glass Week 2004.

“I am both honored and flattered by the division’s support in re-electing me as chairperson of the tempering division of GANA,” said Bartoe. “We currently have two committees and three subcommittees, addressing issues of importance to the industry. The hard-working members of these committees and their unyielding commitment are the backbone of our division, and I am proud to be associated with them. I look forward to contributing to the progress of those groups and to the tempering division of GANA.”

Bartoe has more than 27 years experience in the glass industry. He is involved with GANA’s engineering and standards committee, and chairs the roll wave subcommittee. He has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University, and has held sales, technical and management positions with Vesuvius. He presently manages the company’s Zyarock® fused silica refractory product line for glass metallurgy and solar energy in the Americas.


© Copyright Key Communications Inc. All rights reserved. No reproduction of any type without expressed written permission.