Volume 39, Issue 9, September  2004


Management Changes at Sika North America
The board of directors of Sika AG, headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, has appointed William E. Loven to head Sika North America as regional manager and Sika Corp. USA president and chief executive officer. In this position, Loven will also serve as a member of group management of Sika AG, Switzerland. 

Since joining the industry division of Sika as senior vice president in 2000, Loven has reorganized the division and grown the business considerably. According to a company news release, he has been instrumental in bringing new technologies into the company’s product range. 

Enrico Tissi, who has held these positions for the last eight years, has elected to step down. He will continue to serve Sika as vice chairman of the board of directors of the U.S. subsidiary. 

new hires
Frank Lowe Rubber and Gasket Co. Welcomes Rebecca Levin
Frank Lowe Rubber and Gasket Co., of Farmingdale, N.Y., has hired Rebecca Levin to work in its customer service department. 

Levin’s role will include processing orders, helping customers who may require special assistance and updating account records. She brings five years of customer-related experience, as well as experience with plastics manufacturing and accounting. In addition, Levin has had various positions within the business world, from political campaigning to environmental fundraising. 

Ircon Inc. Adds To Sales Force
Niles, Ill.-based Ircon Inc. has added Patrick Tang as regional sales manager for its Guangzhou, China, office. Tang will be responsible for all of China’s Southern provinces from Fujian to Yunnan. Tang has an engineering degree from JiangSu Institute of Agriculture and previous experience as a sales engineer for Mettler Toledo. 
In addition, Ircon has reached an agreement with two new representatives in Canada. Montreal-based Provan Control Associates will provide representation in Quebec and the Eastern counties of Ontario. ACI Instrumentation will represent Ircon in Ontario. ACI is based in the Toronto suburbs and will represent Ircon in Ontario’s Southwestern counties as well as the Lake Huron border counties up to Lake Superior. 

Glass Doctor Hires Smale as Director of Business Development; 
Dwyer Group Hires New Assistant General Counsel

Tim Smale, former chief executive officer (CEO) of the Independent Glass Association (IGA), has been hired as the director of business development at Glass Doctor.

“Tim will be an incredible asset to the Glass Doctor team,” said Robert Tunmire, president of Glass Doctor. “He brings a wealth of experience in the glass industry with him, and he has a keen sense of where Glass Doctor is headed.

“Many of the goals that Tim worked toward with the IGA are inherent business advantages to being part of a large national franchise system like Glass Doctor,” Tunmire added. “He saw an immediate connection to what we are doing on a national level, and as the director of business development he also knows what can be added to improve our position even further.”

Prior to the IGA, Smale was director of sales and then promoted to quality improvement manager for Pilkington.

In addition, Glass Doctor has hired Mark Dawson as vice president of operations. As a longtime Glass Doctor franchisee, Dawson brings 13 years of company experience to this newly established position.

“Dawson will work on upgrading and developing Glass Doctor’s training program,” said Tunmire. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position and will be a vital part of Glass Doctor’s success now and in the future.”

In 2001, Dawson opened a Mr. Rooter franchise in addition to his Glass Doctor franchises in Columbia and Nashville, Tenn. He has relocated to Waco from Columbia, Tenn., with his wife, Heidi, and two children. 
The Dwyer Group, parent company of the Glass Doctor, has also announced the hiring of Steve LaCroix, J.D., as its new assistant general counsel. LaCroix has more than 20 years of experience as in-house counsel for public and private corporations. Previously he served as senior vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary at Snelling and Snelling.

He also served as associate counsel for Spherion Corp.
“Steve will be a valuable asset to our team,” said Duke Johnston, vice president and general counsel for the Dwyer Group. “His franchise experience and understanding of contract negotiation, licensing and litigation management, business acquisitions and strategic planning will aid us as we continue to grow our franchise networks in the United States and abroad.”

Langendoerfer Joins Kaba Access Control
Kaba Access Control, of Winston-Salem, N.C., has hired Michael Langendoerfer as its Eastern regional sales manager, effective July 1, 2004. 

Langendoerfer worked most recently with Sanyo Fisher Co., where he served as Eastern regional sales manager, CCTV products. As part of Kaba Access, he will be responsible for the growth of sales and market penetration in the Eastern United States through the management of the contracted manufacturer representative force. 

Jim Thornton Joins Film Technologies International
Film Technologies International Inc. (FTI), of St. Petersburg, Fla., has hired Jim Thornton as its new quality and safety manager.

Thornton has more than 20 years of experience in quality management in the electronics, instrumentation and film industries. Most recently, Thornton operated a consulting business and previously served as the quality and safety manager of Bekaert Specialty Films. In addition, Thornton is a member of the American Society for Quality. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration.

McPherson and Postema Retire from Granco Clark
Granco Clark, which is based in Belding, Mich., has announced the retirements of systems managers Gerald McPherson and Roger Postema, after 40 and 17 years in the industry respectively.

“We have been privileged to have worked with Gerry and Roger, and they have served Granco Clark well,” said president Larry Difatta. “We wish them all the best in retirement and thank them for their years of dedication.” 

A Minute With ...

AL Lutz

Al Lutz has worked in the glass industry for 34 years, and has been with PPG Industries since 1970, most recently having served as the company’s director of technical services, flat glass. After announcing his retirement, he agreed to discuss how he became involved with the glass industry and his plans after leaving it.

Q. How did you get involved in the glass business to begin with?
A. Well, I was recruited by PPG in graduate school and really didn’t know anything about the industry. 
Q. What are some of the changes you have seen in the industry?
A. There’s been a tremendous change in the technology and products that are used. For example, at the start of my career, there wasn’t safety-glazing legislation. Since 1977 safety glazing is a requirement. There was relatively little use of insulating glass and that has become, in the last decade, the rule of thumb. There wasn’t quite the concern with solar control, so all the solar control coated products and spectrally-selective tinted substrates have come on the scene [since then]. 
Q. What do you consider your biggest career achievement?
A. I think the most unusual and rewarding experience was my role in founding and starting up our joint venture glass distribution company in Japan. I was assigned to start up PPG’s glass business in Japan in 1988 and negotiated with a partner and founded the company. It still exists [there] today as the PPG-CI glass company.
Q. How did you become involved with GANA?
A. After returning to the States and taking over the job that I have presently, the responsibility included participation in GANA. I certainly enjoyed the work there and working with the tempering division and helping to start up the primaries division.
Q. Have you made any retirement plans?
A. Oh, probably nothing different than most people: more free time, perhaps some continued involvement with the industry or with PPG, more personal things, hobbies, recreation, travel.
Q. What would you like people to remember about you?
A. I think that the remembrance or the bit of advice should just be that the whole industry has to work together rather than trying to advance selfish, private or company-specific issues. 


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